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Crisis in Ukraine: Volunteer

Join a Community Committed to Supporting Ukrainian Refugees

Go Global

The Global Volunteer Hub matches skilled North American volunteers with vetted placements from a range of partner organizations.

In partnership with our core partners at JDC and The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) we have sent nearly 200 skilled Russian and Ukrainian-speaking volunteers to partner organizations in Europe.  

Current volunteer placement partners include: JCC Krakow, The Office of the Chief Rabbi of Poland, Feine Ukraine e.V. , Comunidad Judía Bet Shalom, NATAN Disaster Relief, Early Starters International, and HIAS Europe.

A Network of Skilled Volunteers

The heart of the Global Volunteer Hub is our remarkable volunteers, a group of skilled individuals who have offered their expertise and compassion to do everything from rapid response activities at the border and at refugee hotels in the early months of the war to offering psychosocial support, translation, workforce preparedness training, educational activities, and language courses. 

Volunteers help prevent burnout of local staff and volunteers, allowing organizations to increase internal capacity and expand their creative bandwidth to better meet the needs of growing refugee communities. 

Global Volunteers:

  • Currently serve with organizations in countries including Poland, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, and Moldova. 
  • Typically serve from 2-8 weeks  
  • Range in age from 21-75, with the majority working in the fields of social work, psychology, education, Jewish non-profit, medicine, and law.

Global Volunteer Hub in the Media

The Global Volunteer Hub continues to place Ukrainian and/or Russian-speaking volunteers with partners in Europe. Interested?

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This was one of the most meaningful life experiences I could imagine. I learned so much from the local staff on the ground and my fellow volunteers. I also grappled with elements of my own identity as a Russian-speaking Jewish American.

- JCC Krakow and Galicia Jewish Museum Volunteer

Go Virtual

Join our virtual volunteering opportunity to teach basic school subjects to children whose orphanages were relocated from Ukraine to European countries, providing mental health support via Zoom to refugees, and skill-building training to local staff and volunteers.  

Connect for Good: Chat with Ukraine

This is an accessible, meaningful way to make a difference--open to any English speaker, no prior teaching or tutoring experience required. In addition, volunteers will participate in monthly Jewish learning sessions to ground their service in Jewish values.

This initiative can also serve as an innovative engagement tool to offer to individuals and/or to create your own curated cohorts to foster relationships and make an impact as a Jewish communal collective. Questions? Interested in creating a cohort in your local community?

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The Jewish Federations volunteers are brilliant, attentive, efficient, helpful, and positive, each of them brings their passion. We receive a lot of support and attention, which allow us to go above and beyond for the refugees. This whole operation is quite remarkable.

- JAFI Delegation head in Budapest

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