Deepen Your Experience

Learn more about how our values guide our work. Choose from a variety of opportunities to deepen your connection and volunteering experience. Participate in hands-on volunteering with Jewish educational opportunities, or join discussions to better understand the complex systems we face and the services we provide.

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Kavod/Dignity

Dignity is foundational to how JFS provides its services.

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Reflection & Education

Prepare for or reflect on volunteering around the Jewish holidays using these discussion resources:
Rosh Hashanah
Shavuot
Chanukah
Purim
Passover

You can also reflect on food security with the following resources:
Food & Dignity
Food & Health

Ways to Deepen Your Experience

  • Food Drive & Food Sort

    Our annual Community-Wide Food Drive & Sort looks a little different this year, due to COVID-19. But we need your help more than ever to make sure our community has access to healthy and nutritious food! Because gathering in large numbers for the Food Sort won’t be possible this year, we are pivoting to a new, monthly food drive model. Round up your friends and family to launch your own mini food drive, or engage your synagogue, school or company if you’re part of an organization.

    Our mini food drives will be taking place each month through the end of 2020. Learn more about the drives and sign up for one today!

    Interested in making a smaller, one-time donation? We accept donations year-round and are currently offering contactless drop-offs at our main Capitol Hill campus. Contact us at volunteer@jfsseattle.org or (206) 861-3155 for more information.

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

  • 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 shared responsibility and mutual benefit.

    We are often looking for professionals from, but not limited to, the following careers:

    • Law
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science / Information Technology (I.T.) / Data Analytics
    • Business Management

     
    Hours and Commitment:

    • Three hours per month minimum. Exact time commitment will vary from month to month based on individual needs.
    • Six-month minimum commitment.
    • All meetings are completed virtually. 

     
    Responsibilities:

    • Attend an onboarding session with JFS Employment Case Manager.
    • Coach the mentee on how to best expand their professional networks, including suggesting organizations and events, as well as making relevant connections within your own network.
    • Prepare the mentee on the specifics of your field in the U.S., different possible career paths within the industry and skills that will help make them more competitive.
    • Support and guide the mentee through the career process and expand their opportunities. Many highly skilled refugees are overwhelmed by both the options and the obstacles that stand between them and reestablishing their career.
    • Check in monthly with the Employment Case Manager to keep them updated on the progress of your mentorship and report your volunteer hours.
    • Successful completion of an exit interview upon program completion. 

     
    Requirements:

    • Interest in working with refugees and asylees.
    • Proactive, responsive and patient.
    • Ability to mentor on a consistent basis.

     
    Be respectful to and comfortable working with diverse populations and support the JFS mission.

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

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