Do-It-Yourself Volunteering

Make a difference with a creative project that directly impacts lives in our community. Choose from one of the projects below, or contact Volunteer Services to create your own project as an individual or with a group. D-I-Y volunteer ideas make for great b’nai mitzvah projects. For the most up-to-date needs of JFS and those we serve, please contact Volunteer Services at or (206) 861-3155.

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Winter D-I-Y

You don’t have to be at JFS to be a volunteer!

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Starting or Dropping Off Your D-I-Y Project

See what the highest need in the community is before starting a collection or schedule a time to drop off items at JFS.

Contact Volunteer Services at or (206) 861-3155.

Does JFS Accept Used Items?

We can only accept new items for health and safety reasons and to respect the dignity of the people we serve. Thank you for understanding how important this is.

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Do-It-Yourself Ideas

  • Coat Collection

    Collect new warm, waterproof or water-resistant, winter coats. We need children’s, women’s and men’s. Small and medium are the most needed sizes, but we can use a few large, too.

  • Food Drive & Food Sort

    Help support the Polack Food Bank during our annual Community-Wide Food Drive, which officially begins with announcements at Rosh Hashanah and culminates at the Food Sort.

    The Food Sort is a one-day event at the end of our Community-Wide Food Drive. Hundreds of volunteers come to our donated warehouse space to help sort and organize Food Drive donations.

    Learn more about what food and toiletry donations the Polack Food Bank needs. Donation can be made year-round.

  • Glove & Sock Collection

    Warm gloves and socks are in high demand during the cold and rainy season in Seattle. Help keep community members warm with these small, but meaningful items. Adult sizes needed.

  • Grocery Bag Collection

    The Polack Food Bank needs paper grocery bags with two sturdy handles. People visiting the Food Bank use these bags to carry their items home, and JFS staff use them to deliver food to homebound individuals.

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