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JELF Volunteers needed Jewish Educational Loan Fund


Commitment: Approximately 20-30 hours/year

If you enjoy meeting with young adults as they make the transition from high school to college and other education opportunities, this volunteer position may be a good fit for you.

Every year, JFS supports local area Jewish youth who need financial assistance to pursue their educational goals (see JELF program description below).  Volunteers review students’ on-line applications, interview applicants (This can be done in person or by phone), and write brief summaries to complete the application process.

Approximately one hour of on-line or phone training is required for JELF volunteers, and the training is provided by the JELF headquarters in Atlanta.

There is also a designated JELF contact person who is a very helpful resource as well, if needed.

For more information, reach out to Teresa Baldwin at JFS at tbaldwin@jfsrichmond.org.


The Jewish Educational Loan Fund grants interest-free loans to Jewish students throughout the Southeast for post-secondary education. JELF loans are need-based, and the students who receive them come from a variety of backgrounds. JELF’s loans supply the “last-dollar” – the gap between the funds a student has secured for school (savings, scholarships, federal loans and grants, private loans) and the true costs of college (tuition, fees, room, board and certain living expenses). The Jewish Educational Loan Fund strongly believes that money should not stand between a student and the education that he or she needs to excel in life.