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Making a difference, one mitzvah at a time...



Jewish Tradition teaches us that we must play an active role in the world. The concept of tikun olam—repairing the world—expresses the value of volunteering in Judaism. The world may be imperfect, but we have an obligation to help make it better, more whole.



Volunteering is, in essence, holy work, and we're excited to be your partner in finding meaningful volunteer opportunities locally, and in connecting you with opportunities nationally and internationally, as well as sharing resources about the Jewish traditions and teachings underpinning volunteerism.


Make a Difference

Over half a million people volunteer in the Portland Metropolitan area alone, contributing nearly 65 million hours of service worth $1.6 billion. Each of us can do our part and contribute to the vitality of the world around us, setting an example for our children, being a role model for our peers, inspiring others to follow in our active footsteps.

Rabbi Tarfon says in Pirkei Avot , the Ethics of our Fathers :
It is not your responsibility to complete the task,
but neither are you free to desist from it.



Upcoming Events


Ways to Get Involved

There are different ways to get involved in your community through the Jewish Federation.

Special Days of Service

Jewish Federation and its partners mobilize volunteers through special one-day events each year. Join us!

Team Volunteering

Maximize your fun while making a difference! Rally your friends and family and create a volunteer team.

Youth & Family Volunteering

Volunteer with your whole family! Teach your kids the importance of helping others, while enjoying time together as a family.

Our Community Volunteers