Jewish Family Service of San Diego

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Disaster Preparedness and Response Bar

San Diego County is earthquake and wildfire country. Conventional wisdom is not will a disaster occur, but when.

The newly launched JFS Disaster Preparedness & Response Program is designed to address our community’s needs and how best we can serve those impacted by disaster. We believe it is better to be prepared months or years in advance, versus one minute too late. We need your help to be ready when disaster hits.

If you want to play a vital role in our community’s response, please volunteer now for the JFS Disaster Preparedness & Response Program. Trainings begin Wednesday, May 4 and will continue through Wednesday, May 25. Please register for training by contacting Melinda Wilkes, Volunteer Services Manager, at or by calling (858) 637-3050. Start the process online>>

Most positions only require a basic orientation OR one-day training. Only during an actual catastrophic disaster will we being asking volunteers to work longer hours, depending upon circumstances.

JFS Disaster Preparedness & Response Program Volunteer Opportunities

Want to have the most impact? Volunteer for the JFS/American Red Cross Disaster Shelter team. We urgently need to fill this crucial position - our goal is to have a team of volunteers assembled by May 25.

  • JFS/ARC Disaster Shelter team – 25-35 volunteers to complete a full day of disaster training & serve on a sheltering on-call team. These volunteers will be working on the front lines assisting people most impacted by disaster. They will bring comfort to clients, serve food, and help manage shelters on behalf of Jewish Family Service and the American Red Cross.

We are also recruiting for the following positions:  

  • Client Services Specialist – Client Services Specialist – Greet and comfort clients, assess their needs, and steer them through the recovery process. Read more here>>
  • Volunteer Coordinator – Volunteer Coordinator –Screen and place volunteers, solve field-related problems, track statistics, answer volunteer-related questions, communicate daily with the team and support them as needed. Read more here>>
  • Intake Specialist – Intake Specialist – Assist JFS staff with intake and referral calls during a disaster. Read more here>>

Generously funded by The San Diego Foundation's San Diego Regional Disaster Fund

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