VOLUNTEER

Each year over 1,300 Jewish Family Service volunteers of all ages make a world of difference for our clients, our agency and the Dallas community. Their dedication and commitment make it possible to provide our specialized wrap-around care to those in need.

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Apply to be a JFS volunteer in 3 easy steps

All volunteer prospects are expected to fill out an application below. One person may complete the application for all members in the group. A background check and orientation are required for 18+ applicants.

We DO NOT accept drop in volunteers. 

1. Fill out the appropriate application:

General Application

 

Family/Group Application

 

The Resale Shop Application

 

Youth Application

 

2. Fill out the background check release form:

Download Background Check Form

 

If you are applying to fulfill court-mandated hours, please fill out this background check form:
Download Court Mandated Hours Background Check Form

Please save a copy and send to Kristen Jackson, Community Engagement Assistant, at kjackson@jfsdallas.org for processing.

3. Attend an orientation and training:

Food Pantry Orientations are on Fridays at 12:00pm noon
All Other Program Orientations are on Mondays at 2:00pm

 

Groups

Interested in scheduling group service projects? We have multiple opportunities for corporate, youth, religious and secular organizations. We can accommodate groups of all sizes! New ideas are always welcome! Contact the JFS Community Engagement Team for more details.

Group Opportunities List

 

In observance of Shabbat, the JFS Main Office is not open on Saturdays.  However, The Resale Shop Locations are both open on Saturdays.

Returning Volunteers

Returning volunteers who have already completed the application process and have received confirmation of their approval can access the JFS Volunteer Portal below. This enables you to update volunteer hours, set your schedule and change your profile information.

JFS Volunteer Portal

 

Opportunities at JFS

With the support of JFS Volunteers, our professional staff touch the lives of 13,000 people every year. We have ongoing opportunities for families and children, corporate volunteers, teens, and seniors.

Single-Time Opportunities

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Examples of Holidays and Special Events

  • Assemble and Deliver Holiday Baskets for Passover & Rosh Hashanah
  • Organize and Manage Activities for Addison’s Kaboom Town Fireworks on July 3
  • Food Pantry Make up Days
  • Kosher Chili Cook Off
  • Woman to Woman Luncheon
  • SNP Honors Event
  • Just For Show Event
  • Volunteer Appreciation
  • Diaper Shower
  • High Holiday Food Drive
  • Embrace a Family – Holiday Gifts
  • Sunday Sessions

Ongoing Opportunities

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Clerical and Administrative

  • Assist with Agency Mailings
  • Special Projects
  • Compile list of Contacts
  • Update Databases

Career and Employment Services

  • Offer Support in the Job Resource Center
  • Assist with Job Searches
  • Teach Workshops and Seminars
  • Develop and Provide Resource Guides

Food Pantry

  • Organize Food Donation Drives in community
  • Shop with Clients
  • Stock the Shelves
  • Interview Clients
  • Design Centerpieces for Tzedekah
  • “Food Pantry Experience” Youth Education Program

The Resale Shop, A Charitable Project of JFS

  • Help Receive and Organize Donations
  • Assist Customers to Shop
  • Outreach for Customers

Special Needs Partnership

  • The Inclusion Experience
  • Be a Buddy
  • Assist at Community Education Events

Older Adult Services

  • Pack and Deliver Kosher Meals
  • Be a Friendly Visitor
  • Be a Personal Resource Organizer
  • Assist Clients with Grocery Shopping or Transportation
  • Outreach and Education for Clients

Mitzvah Central

For nearly 20 years, Mitzvah Central has served as a community resource for volunteers of all ages. Find out the latest opportunities for families, Bar and Bat Mitzvah projects, community service hours and more.

Mitzvah Central Summer 2018

 

The Resale Shop

Our volunteers are essential to making The Resale Shop a success. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages, interests, and availability. The Resale Shop employees and volunteers work together to process donations, sort and price clothing, organize the floor, pick-up donations and assist customers.

Want to help with this exciting project? Volunteers of The Resale Shop receive a 20-percent discount on purchases and the satisfaction of knowing that their effort helps JFS to respond to the critical needs in our community including food, financial assistance, job placement, mental health interventions to children and families and services to the elderly.

Volunteer needs include:

  • Organize Donations
  • Stock the Shelves
  • Assist Customers
  • Organize Community Donation Drives
  • Sort and Price Donations
  • Accept donations at JFS during drop off hours

For more information about The Resale Shop, visit The Resale Shop page.

An in-kind donation to JFS—the donation of a product or service—can provide cost savings and help us maximize our services to families in need.

Food

We always appreciate any donation of the following high-demand items for our Food Pantry and Emergency Assistance program:

  • canned meats
  • peanut butter
  • diabetic food
  • toiletries (shampoo, soap, toilet paper, etc.)
  • snack foods (cake mix, chips, breakfast bars, cookies)
  • cleaning supplies
  • gift cards to grocery or retail stores

If you’re interested in hosting a food drive in your neighborhood, school, house of worship, or workplace, please contact our team at 972.437.9950 , jdenison@jfsdallas.org or kjackson@jfsdallas.org. Our Food Pantry team can provide additional information about current Food Pantry needs and resources that will help your drive be successful.

Clothing, Furniture, Household Items

These items are accepted as donations to The Resale Shop. The Resale Shop is operated by JFS and provide funding support to Jewish Family Service’s programs and services which are available to anyone in need. Learn more about donating to The Resale Shop.

Feedback

Thank you for spending your time volunteering with Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas. Please take a moment to fill out whichever survey applies to your experience so that we may improve future volunteer activities.

General Volunteer Feedback

 

Food Pantry Experience Survey

 

Volunteer Group Survey

 

To learn about current scheduling needs for individuals or groups, please contact Jamie Denison, Community Engagement Manager at jdenison@jfsdallas.org or 972.994.0502 or Community Engagement Assistant at kjackson@jfsdallas.org.

 

Share your celebration with those less fortunate by purchasing decorative Centerpieces for Tzedakah (charity).

Centerpieces are filled with (empty) kosher food containers to represent your contribution to the JFS Food Pantry. Each gift is used to purchase basic needs items, providing help and hope to those in our community in need of emergency assistance.

Whether you have a large social event or a simple dinner party, these customized centerpieces are designed to match your event’s theme, style and colors scheme.

Make the perfect addition to your table while directly supporting Jewish Family Service’s Food Pantry!

  • Small–Medium Baskets = $18 (Chai)
  • Medium Package* = $23
  • Large Baskets* = $36
JFS Centerpiece Small

JFS Centerpiece Small

JFS Centerpiece Medium

JFS Centerpiece Medium

JFS Centerpiece Large

JFS Centerpiece Large

*limited | *balloons subject to availability

PLACE YOUR ORDER

Fillable Order Form

Contact Jamie Denison at jdenison@JFSdallas.org or 972.437.9950.