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Volunteer Opportunities at Jewish Family & Children’s Service

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 foods, cleaning supplies, and personal care items. You can drop off items at JFCS (4747 N 7th St, Suite 110, Phoenix, AZ 85014) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the bin located in the lobby.

Our most needed items include:

  • Rice
  • Powdered milk
  • Canned meat, vegetables, and beans
  • Cooking oil
  • Fruit cups
  • Cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Dish soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry detergent
  • Disinfectant wipes

Social Distancing Option:

If you are cannot leave your home right now or are unable to, but would still like to contribute, you can make a monetary donation. We accept donations through our Emergency Assistance Fund, or you can purchase items on our JFCS Just 3 Things Amazon Wish List and have them shipped directly to JFCS.

JFCS Back to School Program

Obtaining necessary school supplies is often more costly than some families can afford. In fact, the average family spends approximately $670 this year on back-to-school 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 JFCS 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, Phoenix, AZ 85014).

Get the whole family involved!

Please note each Amazon shopping list is based on suggested items to fill a backpack. Some items come in multiples. You can choose the total amount of youth in need to help, then purchase the items based on your chosen total. Items on the list are based on the 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 backpacks.

JFCS Youth Art Program Supplies

Each JFCS 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 (new items only):

  • Crayons
  • Color pencils
  • Coloring books
  • Workbooks 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 and glue sticks
  • Child-sized scissors
  • Flashcards
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Finger paints
  • Puzzles
  • Playdough

Items can be dropped off at JFCS Admin office – 4747 N. 7th Street, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85014 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 602.567.8383 Ext. 10383

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 on how to send a card.

Making Masks

JFCS needs face masks! Donations of new or hand-sewn masks can be dropped off between 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in a sealed plastic bin or bag. A recommended sewing pattern, along with suggested cloth materials, can be found below. 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:

Suggested Script:

“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’ Emergency Donation Drive. You can drop off items at JFCS (4747 N. 7th St. Phoenix, AZ 85014) 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 hygiene items
  • Dish Soap

Make a Significant Impact & Choose to Volunteer at JFCS

Volunteers are a valuable resource at JFCS. It’s not only to assist our agency but the entire community. Being a JFCS volunteer allows you 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.

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