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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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 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 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!


    • 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.


    • 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. 


    • 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 or (206) 861-3155.

  • 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 or (206) 861-3155 for more information.

    Contact us at 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 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 or (206) 861-3155.

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