Volunteering With Others

Looking to volunteering alongside friends or colleagues? JFS could use your help on a variety of projects, from one-time events to reoccurring volunteer shifts. Let us help you find what is right for you and your group. Together, we can make a difference.

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Ways to Get Involved for Groups

  • Bulk Food Bagging

    Bag bulk dry foods that will be used in the Food Bank.


    Every other first Monday of the month, six times a year, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

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

  • 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 Preparation

    Help staff prepare the Food Bank. Weekly volunteers are needed for consistent shifts. Volunteers are also needed for special projects and on-call.


    • Two-hour shifts at least once a week. Exact time depends upon need.
    • Weekdays during select business hours.
    • Fourth Sundays of the month.

    Responsibilities can include:

    • Load and unload the JFS van.
    • Sort donations.
    • Bag bulk food products.
    • Prepare home delivery bags.
    • Other essential operations of the Food Bank.


    • Age 18 or older.
    • Maintain a safe and clean environment.


    • Able to lift 25 pounds.


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

    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.

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