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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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