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Please note: During the COVID-19 pandemic many Temple partners are not using the help of volunteers. We invite you to visit this page for more information. If you have questions or would like to make much-needed donations to a specific partner, please contact Erica Strauss.


Volunteering with one of our many service projects is a huge piece of our social justice work at Temple Emanu-El. Our Service Projects Committee oversees all of our partner organizations, and is responsible for examining the effectiveness and viability of our service projects, identifying organizational partners, developing lay leadership for Temple projects, and helping to recruit Temple volunteers.


Temple Emanu-El’s Current Service Projects Partners:

Attitudes & Attire
A&A helps disadvantaged women rediscover their value and self worth, plants the seeds for personal growth, and offers hope and a new direction toward self-sufficiency. A&A provides workshops on self-esteem and interview skills, provides each woman with a new outfit and accessories from their boutique, as well as dental assistance. Volunteers will help women build their self-esteem and choose a business suit outfit to wear to job interviews. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Erica Strauss

Austin Street Center
For over 30 years, Austin Street Center has specialized in caring for the most vulnerable homeless men and women in Dallas. Beyond meeting basic needs, Austin Street is committed to individualized care for each person who comes to us for help. To learn more and get involved through Temple, contact Erica Strauss

The Bridge
Temple members serve approximately 800 dinners to homeless men and women at The Bridge, Dallas’ homeless center, on the first, fourth and fifth Sunday evenings of each month. Jobs range from serving food, preparing trays, taking trays to tables, and serving water. They also love to have musical accompaniment to dinners! To sign up, please contact Doug Davidson.

Dallas Furniture Bank
Dallas Furniture Bank (DFB) is the only agency in Dallas, Collin, and Denton counties with a mission to provide basic household furnishings to families transitioning out of homelessness, escaping homes in crisis, fleeing natural disasters or to others in need of furniture assistance. If you are interested in helping or donating, please reach out to Erica Strauss.

Durable Medical Equipment Exchange of Dallas
DME Dallas collects, refurbishes, sanitizes and distributes used durable medical equipment (DME) to residents of Dallas County who cannot afford to purchase or rent it. This provides relief of pain and suffering for people with acute injury or illness to improve their independence, self-sufficiency, and mobility. For more information, to donate items or to volunteer, please contact Stan Pomarantz.

Family Gateway
Family Gateway provides comprehensive services and activities for homeless families including food and shelter, job training, search and placement assistance, temporary and transitional living facilities, life skills classes, children’s programming and community transition services. They are in need of specific items for their families, as well as tutoring and meal preparation for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week. For more information, please contact Mika Manaster.

Jewish Family Service
JFS provides professional, effective and affordable mental health and social services that promote lifelong self-sufficiency and well-being for anyone in need. Services are provided for people of all ages, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, or ability to pay. Services include career and employment, children and teens, family violence, emergency assistance, elderly and disabled, volunteer services, and much more. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Weezie Margolis.

VNA Meals on Wheels
MoW provides nutritious, hot, home-delivered meals to those who are unable to provide proper meals for themselves due to illness, advanced age, or disability. Routes are available around Temple Emanu-El, in addition to other areas throughout the community. This is a great, flexible project for people of all ages: families with young children, teens needing community service hours, bar/bat mitzvah projects, etc. If you are interested in volunteering for this meaningful program, please contact Rick Rosenberg.

North Dallas Shared Ministries
Providing $3 million in assistance to 67,000 economically disadvantaged North Dallas adults and children annually, NDSM is staffed 99.5 percent by volunteers. Opportunities for volunteers include food pantry and clothes closet workers, data entry personnel, ESL teachers, job counselors, tax preparers, client interviewers and receptionists. Needed medical clinic volunteers include doctors, dentists, nurses, and ancillary medical personnel. To volunteer at NDSM, please contact Sally Rosenberg.

North Texas Food Bank
North Texas Food Bank is a Dallas non-profit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of more than 250 Partner Agencies in 13 counties. As a member of Feeding America, we support the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. To sign up, please contact Erica Strauss

PediPlace is a nonprofit pediatric healthcare practice for children from birth through age 19 who are uninsured. We provide a medical home for children that tend to be from low-income families who otherwise would go without care or who would unnecessarily use the emergency room. Create newborn gift bags, help decorate the waiting area or patient rooms, read or play with the children who are waiting, or collect and sort gifts that each child receives. To learn more or to volunteer, please contact Debbie Fuqua.

Vogel Alcove
For 25 years, Vogel Alcove has provided free quality child development services for Dallas’ youngest victims of poverty: homeless children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Volunteer opportunities include storytime in the classroom, birthday angels, donating clothing, diapers, car seats, sharing a special talent such as musicians, puppet shows, working in the warehouse (sorting, folding, organizing donated items), and a grandparent program. To get involved please contact Marty Mintz.

If you would like more information about our current list of service projects please contact:
Sally Rosenberg, Chair of Service Projects Committee,

Is your organization is interested in becoming a Service Projects Partner at Temple Emanu-El? Please email Erica Strauss for our Partnership Request Form.