Because We Care

Are you a high school junior or senior looking to make an impact on your community?

Join the Jewish Values in Action Teen Leadership Program!

This is a new component of the Because We Care Program. Participants who are selected to join the fellowship will:

  • Plan and execute 5 service-oriented programs that benefit their community throughout the 2019-2020 school year
    Teach and impart Jewish values to their younger peers
  • Develop leadership and communication skills
  • Model the importance and value of volunteering and the impact it has on our community
  • Learn more about the people in the community that Jewish Family Service serves and help meet their needs in a tangible and meaningful way
Teen leaders who successfully complete the program will receive:
  • $150 stipend
  • Volunteer/community service hours for high school requirements
  • Certificate of completion

Fill out the application

Applications are due to Erin Lederman by Monday, August 26, 2019


Because We Care connects Jewish youth with opportunities to engage in service and work for meaningful change through flexible educational b’nai mitzvah service opportunities, including:

Monthly Mitzvot

Participate in monthly hands-on service opportunities planned and coordinated by Jewish Family Service staff. Each program is uniquely fun and provides insight into how JFS helps your community. Come and serve every month, or pick and choose the projects that are of interest to you. Below is the 2018-2019 schedule.

  • Sunday, December 8, 2019: 1-2:30p.m. Hanukkah Helpers, Held at Jewish Family Service
  • Sunday, January 19, 2020: 1-2:30p.m. The Great Challah Bake
  • Sunday, February 9, 2020 1-2:30p.m. Chicken Soup for the Soul, Held at Adat Shalom Synagogue
  • Sunday, March 8, 2020: 1-2:30p.m. Soothing Sunday, Held at Jewish Family Service

Click here for a complete Monthly Mitzvot description list.

Because We Care packages

Our team is available to work with you, your children, or your group to find the right service opportunity, based on your interests and schedule. Parents and participants will receive a program orientation, detailed instructions and suggestions for executing projects, and ongoing support to provide guidance and information.

We are happy to work with you on one of your own volunteer ideas and we’re available to work with classrooms and other groups.

For more information, contact at 248.592.2317 or
Or fill out the form below to be contacted by someone from our volunteer department.