JCorps volunteers come from all walks of life, representing every religious denomination, 180 colleges and universities, 500+ companies, and countries all over the world. Volunteers must be Jewish and between the ages of 18 and 28. We do not discriminate based on religious denomination, gender, nationality, or race. Volunteers usually serve in groups of 20.
JCorps helps Jewish young adults connect and contribute to their communities. We pair diverse and dynamic groups of volunteers with local organizations in need of service.
We help feed the hungry in soup kitchens and food banks, comfort the elderly in senior centers, inspire children in hospitals, care for animals at shelters, mentor youth with tutoring, arts, and sports, and help our communities flourish with urban renewal projects at parks, beaches, and forests.
Most of our volunteer opportunities take place on Sundays to avoid conflicts with the Sabbath and our volunteers’ work or school obligations. Likewise, we do not schedule events on Jewish holidays. To supplement our sunday schedule, JCorps occasionally hosts evening events.
Unlike other volunteer organizations, JCorps does not require a long-term commitment or advanced training. JCorps members may volunteer as little or as many times as they wish.
Every JCorps city has a Chapter Director who oversees the launching and management of JCorps in his/her region. Chapter Directors partner with local organizations to provide locations for JCorps members to volunteer. Each chapter appoints and trains Team Leaders who are responsible for recruiting volunteers from their communities and supervising JCorps events.
JCorps was founded in New York in December 2006 by award-winning comedian, inventor, and CEO Ari Teman. What began operating out of Ari’s apartment with a couple of friends and a few hundred dollars has blossomed into an international army of thousands of young Jewish volunteers in over a dozen cities worldwide.
Our mission: To provide an opportunity for young Jewish adults to volunteer and socialize.
JCorps is a 100% independent grassroots organization. We have no political or religious agenda. JCorps is not affiliated with any other organization, directly, or indirectly, Jewish or non-Jewish.
JCorps is always free. There are no fees to volunteer or to be a JCorps member.
• we rely on community participation rather than a paid staff
• to minimize overhead costs, we harness the power of digital media, mobile communications
and social networking
• volunteer hours are tracked and tabulated
• volunteer experience is improved through online feedback
• we perform a return on investment analysis (ROI) on all expenditures