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My Family On Call

Someone to Listen...A Comforting Friend...Someone to Hug
Like Family or a trusted old friend, our volunteers are on call to deliver you support and care while you are away from home.


Because Jewish Cincinnati considers Jewish people everywhere family.

My Family On Call was created to provide care and support for Jewish families from all over the world who find themselves temporarily in Cincinnati while a family member is undergoing treatment at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The program reaches out to community members during what can be an extremely emotional, frightening and lonely chapter of their lives, connecting them with volunteers who serve as friends, community ambassadors, and extended family.

About My Family On Call

My Family On Call, an initiative of Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Women's Philanthropy, is a volunteer program that hopes to help give Jewish families temporary support while in Cincinnati as their children undergo treatments at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital. It was named after myIsrael, a Federation community mission to Israel. During this trip, the group met an Israeli family who were about to travel to Cincinnati for their son’s treatment.

The program reaches out to community members during what can be an extremely emotional and frightening time.  Volunteers are needed!

My Family On Call volunteers:

  • Invite visiting families to dinner
  • Visit families at the hospital
  • Bring Challah or meals to the hospital
  • Coordinate play dates for "well" children traveling with family
  • Act as a community concierge, taking visiting families to local venues such as the zoo, parks, etc.
  • Help answer the question "where do I go for?.."
  • Provide emotional support

If you would like to help by participating as a Cincinnati family, or if you are coming to Cincinnati for medical care and would like to volunteer or find out more information, please contact Lindsey Wade at or call 513.985.1522.


It was so nice to be able to open our home and have dinner with an Israeli family who flew half way across the world to Cincinnati so their child could have life-changing surgery.  I know it meant a lot to them to know somebody in the city they could talk to and ask questions during this scary part of their lives. I hope that if I ever found myself in a strange city with a sick child that I would be able to find the kind of support our community is able to give thanks to My Family On Call.     ─ Ellen Finestone

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September 2014