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Volunteers are, and have always been, the heart of Jewish Family Service. Volunteers began the work of JFS in 1892, and it is volunteers who continue helping individuals and families in our community today. Volunteers are instrumental in fulfilling our mission to help people achieve well-being, health and stability.

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Volunteer Update on Afghan Refugee Evacuations:

Thank you for your interest in helping with our efforts to resettle individuals and families from Afghanistan. At this time, we are continuing to seek out volunteers for our on-call list. Please fill out the “Get Started” form above and we’ll get back to you with additional vetting details. We truly appreciate your support and dedication!

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To be a JFS volunteer we ask you to do the following:

Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

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More Ways to Get Involved

  • Do-It-Yourself Drive

    Make a difference with a creative project that directly impacts lives in our community. Contact Volunteer Services to create your own project as an individual or with a group. DIY 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 volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.


    Commitment:
    Varies depending on activity.
    Location:
    Remotely from home.
    Supports:
    All JFS programs.

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Eastside Food Bank Assistance

    Once a month, volunteers make contactless grocery delivery to an assigned list of community members.


    Commitment:
    One two-hour shift on the second Tuesday of each month for a minimum three-month commitment.
    Location:
    Crossroads neighborhood of Bellevue.
    Supports:
    Polack Food Bank and Older Adult Services.

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Event Support

    Volunteers assist with set up, clean up and/or day of tasks for events. Some heavy lifting will be involved.


    Commitment:
    Varies depending on event.
    Location:
    JFS main campus located on Capitol Hill.
    Supports:
    All JFS programs

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Food Bank Assistance

    Volunteers help distribute food and toiletries, restock items and clean up after the shift. Volunteers should be able to lift at least 25 pounds and must be 18 years of age or older.


    Commitment:
    One weekly, in-person, two-hour shift for a minimum three-month commitment.
    Location:
    Polack Food Bank on Capitol Hill.
    Supports:
    Polack Food Bank

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Food Bank Home Delivery

    Volunteers pick up pre-made bags of groceries and make contact-free deliveries to community members in need.


    Commitment:
    One monthly two-hour shift for a minimum six-month commitment.
    Location:
    Grocery bag pick up from the JFS main campus on Capitol Hill and delivery to an assigned route in the Greater Seattle area.
    Supports:
    Polack Food Bank

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Food Drive & Food Sort

    Thanks to our dedicated volunteers and community partners, our annual High Holidays Food Drive (held on Sunday, September 26, 2021) raised more than 620 bags of food! These donations will directly benefit our Polack Food Bank. We appreciate everyone who stepped up this year and made our food drive feel like a true community event, despite its smaller-than-usual size and reimagined format. Interested in supporting the food bank year-round? We encourage you to consider hosting your own mini food drive with your family and friends. Please contact volunteer@jfsseatle.org to learn more about this DIY opportunity.


    Location:
    Remote
    Supports:
    Polack Food Bank

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • General Office Assistance

    Various clerical tasks, filing, shredding, data entry and other tasks as needed.

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Holiday Basket Delivery

    Volunteers deliver special holiday baskets around Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Purim and Passover to local community members. This is a contactless delivery and is a great opportunity for families.


    Commitment:
    One 2-3 hour shift depending on delivery route assigned.
    Location:
    Basket pick up from the JFS main campus on Capitol Hill and delivery to an assigned route in the Greater Seattle area.
    Supports:
    All JFS programs!

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Mandarin Translator

    Volunteers assist with in-person translation between Polack Food Bank staff and food bank guests. Volunteers are also needed for special projects such as auditing, written translation and phone calls.


    Commitment:
    Varies depending on role, a weekly two-hour shift if volunteering in the Polack Food Bank.
    Location:
    Polack Food Bank on Capitol Hill and/or remotely from home.
    Supports:
    Polack Food Bank

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Russian Translator

    Volunteers assist with in-person translation between Polack Food Bank staff and food bank guests. Volunteers are also needed for special projects such as auditing, written translation and phone calls.


    Commitment:
    Varies depending on role, a weekly two-hour shift if volunteering in the Polack Food Bank.
    Location:
    JFS Polack Food Bank on Capitol Hill and/or remotely from home.
    Supports:
    Polack Food Bank and Older Adult Services.

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Shabbat Meal Delivery

    Volunteers make contactless deliveries of Kosher Shabbat meals to community members two Fridays per month.


    Commitment:
    Approximately two hours twice a month for a minimum six-month commitment.
    Location:
    Meal pick up from the University District and delivery to an assigned route in the Greater Seattle area.
    Supports:
    Older Adult Services and Supportive Living Services.

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Summer Farm Gleaning

    Volunteers harvest produce and weed garden beds as needed. This opportunity is best for ages 8 or older—please consider your child’s ability to wear a mask and gloves for the entire two hours in varying weather conditions before signing up.


    Commitment:
    One two-hour shift.
    Location:
    Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center in Carnation, WA.
    Supports:
    Polack Food Bank

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Summer Market Gleaning

    Volunteers collect, transport and sort gleaned produce at the end of the market day. Volunteers should be able to lift at least 25 pounds for this opportunity.


    Commitment:
    One two-hour shift.
    Location:
    Beginning at the Broadway Farmer’s Market in Capitol Hill, then delivering to the Polack Food Bank (ten-minute walk or five-minute drive away).
    Supports:
    Polack Food Bank

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Support the Local Resettlement Effort

    Please contact volunteer@jfsseattle.org for more details about each of these projects.

    • Sponsor an apartment set up: procure all of the essential household items needed to help welcome newly arrived refugees into their new homes. Items include: pots and pans, utensils, bedding and hygiene items. Groups are also welcome to assist with moving in and setting up an apartment.
    • Procure furniture donations: procure large, gently used furniture items such as couches, dining tables and chairs for newly arrived refugees and store them until the resettlement team is ready to move them into an apartment.
    • Host an in-kind drive: create and run your own in-kind drive in your community to support our new neighbors. Sample drives include: coats, kid toys, diapers and wipes and feminine hygiene items.
    • Create a non-perishable food box for a family of four: create and donate a food box of items culturally specific to newly arriving refugee families.
    • Make “welcome cards”: Letters or cards are appreciated with positive, warm messages. These will be left for families once an apartment is set up for them, providing a colorful welcome from the community.

    Commitment:
    Varies depending on activity.
    Location:
    Remotely from home.
    Supports:
    Refugee & Immigrant Services

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Virtual ESL Classroom Assistance

    Volunteers assist ESL teacher in virtually tutoring a small class helping to promote independent learning and comfort in American society at the beginning and intermediate levels.


    Commitment:
    One weekly hourlong shift for a minimum three-month commitment.
    Location:
    Remotely from home.
    Supports:
    Refugee & Immigrant Services

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Virtual ESL Small Group Discussion Leader

    Volunteers lead small group discussions for our advanced ESL students. These students have graduated from our program but are still wanting to hone their skills. Many students have studied alongside each other for over a year so these small groups continue to foster that sense of community found in the (virtual) classroom!


    Commitment:
    One weekly hourlong shift for a minimum three-month commitment.
    Location:
    Remotely from home.
    Supports:
    Refugee & Immigrant Services

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Virtual Friendly Visitor

    Volunteers are thoughtfully paired with an individual to help provide virtual companionship and community connection, reducing social isolation and the negative mental health outcomes that can come with it.


    Commitment:
    One weekly hourlong shift for a minimum six-month commitment.
    Location:
    Remotely from home.
    Supports:
    Older Adult and Supportive Living Services

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

  • Virtual Professional Mentor for Refugees

    Mentors help support and coach highly-skilled individuals in reestablishing their careers in the U.S. Mentees in the program have advanced degrees and years of experience in a professional field. The benefits of a one-on-one relationship include expansion of professional networks, trust with an industry expert and the opportunity to learn from one another. The professional mentor role is one of shared responsibility and mutual benefit. We are often looking for professionals from, but not limited to: Law, Engineering, Computer Science / Information Technology (I.T.) / Data Analytics and/or Business Management.


    Commitment:
    Three hours per month minimum, for a six-month minimum commitment (exact time commitment will vary from month to month based on individual needs).
    Location:
    Remotely from home.
    Supports:
    Refugee & Immigrant Services

    Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155.

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