Family Volunteering

Show your children the value of volunteering. JFS has a variety of opportunities for families of all ages to help make a difference in their community. Get involved by joining a family-friendly volunteer event or participating in a reoccurring volunteer shift. Together, we can make a difference.

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Make & Deliver Holiday Baskets

Help community members celebrate Rosh Hashanah.

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Ways to Get Involved for Families

  • 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.

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

  • Event Support

    Assist with setting up or day-of tasks for events.

    Setup Assistance
    Typically, on Fridays before an event, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    Day-Of Assistance
    Duties include event support, leading various stations, assisting staff, general set-up and clean up. Some heavy lifting may be involved.

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

  • Food Bank Home Delivery

    Volunteers will prepare, load and deliver needed items to homebound individuals and families on a designated route. A personal vehicle is required for this position.

    This is a great opportunity for families!

    Shifts:

    • Monday to Friday, except during open Food Bank hours:
      • Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. – noon
      • Thursdays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
      • Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – noon.
    • Second and fourth Sundays of each month.

     
    Responsibilities:

    • Pick up deliveries in the Polack Food Bank at the Capitol Hill Campus.
    • Give the individual/family or their JFS caseworker at least two days’ notice before a delivery.
    • Deliver at your convenience, except during Jewish holidays.
    • Complete necessary paperwork.
    • Follow contractual agreement and outlined procedures. 

     
    Requirements:

    • Age 18 or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    • Current Washington State driver’s license and vehicle insurance.
    • Able to lift 25 pounds.
    • Set and politely convey appropriate boundaries.

     

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

Volunteer Events

Chanukah Basket Making & Delivery
December 15 at 10:00 am

End of Life and Advance Care Workshop
January 12, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Families Fight Hunger
January 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Purim Basket Making & Delivery
March 1, 2020 at 10:00 am

Passover Basket Making & Delivery
March 29, 2020 at 10:00 am

Families Fight Hunger
April 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm

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