JFCS Volunteer Opportunities

COVID-19 Emergency Volunteer Needs

In this critical time, please consider supporting those in need in your local community. You can still socially distance and make a difference with one of the following opportunities!

JFCS Just 3 Things Food Pantry

JFCS Just 3 Things Food Pantry needs non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, and personal care items. You can drop off items at JFCS (4747 N 7th St, Suite 110, Phoenix, AZ 85014) Monday-Friday 8am-1pm at the bin located in the lobby.

Most needed items:

  • Rice
  • Powdered milk
  • Canned meat, vegetables & beans
  • Cooking oil
  • Fruit cups
  • Cereal
  • Granola Bars
  • Personal Hygeine
  • Dish Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry detergent
  • Disinfectant wipes

Social Distancing Option:

If you are unable to leave your home right now, but would still like to contribute, you can make a monetary donation to our Emergency Assistance Fund or purchase items on our JFCS Just 3 Things Amazon Wish List and have them shipped directly to JFCS.

JFCS Back to School Program

During these trying times it is hard to think much past today, but soon back-to-school activities will beckon to hundreds of families in Arizona. Parents will soon be scavenging the store aisles to grab necessary school supply items, but amid the hustle and bustle of nabbing deals and buying new clothes is an often overlooked reality: many kids are without basic back-to-school necessities.

Obtaining the necessary supplies – which can range from clothing to pencils – can be costly: the average family will spend $670 this year on supplies and clothing. That’s why each year JFCS coordinates back-to-school events and distributions for families in need. From collecting supplies from local donors and partnering businesses, to stuffing backpacks and coordinating events, JFCS relies on the hearts and hands of supporters and volunteers to make these events possible.

Join Us Virtually!

You can help a child in need right from the comfort of your own home. Shop online for supplies and backpacks, JFCS has an easy to use Amazon wish list! Place your order, have the items shipped to you, fill the backpacks with the ordered supplies and drop off at JFCS Admin (4747 N. 7th St. #100, Phx, AZ 85014)

Get the whole family involved!

Click here to help students in Kindergarten

Click here to help students in 1st through 3rd grade

Click here to help students in 4th through 8th grade

Click here to help teen foster youth

Please note each Amazon shopping list is based off suggested items to fill a backpack. Some items come in multiples. You can choose a total amount of youth in need to help, then purchase the items based on your chosen total. Items on the list are based on lowest available price, you can order items outside of the list in bulk to save money. Donations of extra supplies are gladly accepted at our Administrative building, they will be used to fill donated back packs.

JFCS Youth Art Program Supplies

Each JFCS Integrated Healthcare Center provides an area where children can play games, listen to a volunteer read a storybook, color and create art pieces. Our supply of art and learning materials is depleted. Please consider donating new items from the suggested list. Volunteers will be creating activity kits for all our youngest clients to take home with them and allow them to engage in art stimulation while maintaining safe social distancing.

Art supplies needed:

  • Crayons
  • Color pencils
  • Color books
  • Work books that might help support school work but still fun to do
  • Journals
  • Pens
  • Card games like go fish and old maid
  • Board games like candy land
  • Art pads
  • Stickers
  • Construction paper
  • Glue/glue sticks
  • Kid scissors
  • Flash cards
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Finger paints
  • Puzzles
  • Play dough

Items can be dropped off at JFCS Admin office – 4747 N. 7th Street, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85014 Monday through Friday 8:00- 1:00p.m. or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 602-567-8383 Ext. 10383 or Lisa.Blumstein@jfcsaz.org to arrange a pick up.

JFCS Caring Cards Program

Sending a card is an important way to connect with anyone, particularly with homebound older adults. This generation values handwritten notes and letters, so your personally written note will be particularly meaningful.

Click here for instructions.

Making Masks

JFCS is in need of masks! Donations of new or hand-sewn masks can be dropped off between 8a.m. – 1p.m. in a sealed plastic bin or bag. A recommended sewing pattern, along with suggested cloth materials, can be found below. Note versions with and without elastic (because apparently "elastic is the new toilet paper" and in short supply!)

Your efforts will help make a difference!

Click here for instructions for homemade face masks.

Spread the Word!

Help spread the word about JFCS’s Emergency COVID-19 Donation Drive for medical supplies, non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, and personal care items by sharing the following information on social media or via email within your circles:

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Are you purchasing non-perishable food, personal care items, cleaning supplies, and medical supplies for your family? Do you think you could grab a few items for our families, too?

Please consider donating to JFCS’s COVID-19 Emergency Donation Drive. You can drop off items at JFCS (4747 N. 7th St. Phoenix, AZ85014) in the bins located in the lobby.

We are currently asking for the following items. This list represents the highest need:

  • Rice, powdered milk
  • Canned meat, vegetables & beans
  • Cooking oil
  • Fruit cups
  • Cereal
  • Granola Bars
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry detergent
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Personal Hygeine
  • Dish Soap

Social Distancing-Friendly Options:

If you are unable to leave your home right now, but would still like to contribute, you can make a monetary donation on our website www.jfcsaz.org or purchase items on our Amazon wish list and have them shipped directly to JFCS here: JFCS Admin, 4747 N. 7th St. #100, Phx, AZ 85014.

For any questions about volunteer opportunities, please contact Lisa Blumstein, Volunteer Coordinator, 602-567-8383 Ext. 10383 or Lisa.Blumstein@jfcsaz.org

Make a Real Impact and Volunteer with JFCS!

Volunteers are a valuable resource at JFCS not only to our agency but to our entire community. Being a volunteer with JFCS gives you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others while participating in rewarding experiences. If you, your family, business, church/synagogue, or community group is interested in a meaningful volunteer experience, check out our many volunteer opportunities below.

Volunteer Applications

Adult Volunteer

Teen Volunteer

Group Volunteer

Featured Needs: Due to COVID-19, this opportunity has been suspended.

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Mitzvah Hub

Jewish Family & Children's Service and The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix have partnered for a community project that matches volunteers with organizations in the Greater Phoenix area. Called the Mitzvah Hub, this online portal houses information on a wide variety of community organizations seeking volunteers.

VOLUNTEERS: please click below to view volunteer opportunities posted by organizations

Mitzvah Hub Opportunities

ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVES: please click below to post volunteer opportunities

Org Application

Contact Lisa Blumstein, Volunteer Coordinator, 602-567-8383 Ext. 10383 or Lisa.Blumstein@jfcsaz.org