You don’t have to spend time at the JFS campus to be a JFS volunteer! There are plenty of volunteer projects that can be completed at home, in your classroom or even in your own neighborhood. These do-it-yourself options can really make a difference for the vulnerable people we serve. Check out some ideas below:
Make basic needs kits for homeless clients. Fill a quart size freezer bag with easy to open and prepare foods such as ramen and cracker packs, hand warmers and tissues. Drop them off at JFS to be distributed through the Polack Food Bank
Collect 2-handled paper grocery bags and donate them to the Polack Food Bank. Ask your friends, extended family and neighbors to round up their used grocery bags. Please remember to check each one to be sure they are empty and clean before dropping them off at JFS.
Create bags of toiletries. Use plastic, mesh or paper bags and fill them with travel-sized toiletries. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and ChapStick are always appreciated. This is a fun group activity to make a birthday or holiday celebration more meaningful.
Make your own tzedakah box. Decorate an empty box and place it somewhere you will see it often, and fill it with spare change. When you’ve filled it up, donate the money you’ve saved to JFS.
Fill up a driving box when you do your grocery shopping. Place a driving box (which can be provided by JFS) in the trunk of your family’s car. Add healthy, non-perishable food to the box each time you shop.] When you fill up the box, drop your items at the Polack Food Bank and repeat!
Interested in DIY opportunities to benefit refugees? Check out these ideas. Once you complete your project(s), contact Director of Volunteer Services Jane Deer-Hileman at (206) 861-3155 to arrange drop-off and delivery.
By Leslie Sugiura
Savvy cook, extreme clam digger, urban gardener and mom to Stella the dog are just a few of the titles Leslie Sugiura keeps in rotation. She’s also the Director of Special Events for JFS where she spearheads the annual Community of Caring Luncheon.
Feature image by Lana Blinderman.