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 volunteer@jfsseattle.org 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 volunteer@jfsseattle.org 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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