Each year thousands of 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. It’s a wonderful feeling to help others and we want to help you make that connection to communal service whether through Jewish Family Service or through one of our partners in Mitzvah Central.
Opportunities at JFS
With the support of JFS Volunteers, our professional staff touch the lives of over 11,000 people every year. We have ongoing opportunities for families and children, corporate volunteers, teens and seniors.
For over 17 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. Click here to access Mitzvah Central.
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.
Getting Started as a JFS volunteer
Anyone wishing to volunteer at Jewish Family Service must fill out a Volunteer Application for an individual or group (one person may complete the application for all members in the group). A background check will be run when your application is submitted. Once you are approved, you can log in under Our Schedule tab to see our daily needs.
To schedule yourself, family or group to volunteer at JFS, you must contact Jamie Denison, Community Engagement Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972.994.0502. We DO NOT accept drop in volunteers.
To apply as a volunteer:
- General Application (over 18 years old)
- Family/Group Application (Family, Religious Groups, Corporate Volunteers)
- The Resale Shop Application
- Youth Application (under 18 years old)
- Rabbi Gerald J. Klein Internship
Returning volunteers who have already completed the application process below and have received an email informing them 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.
You can help make a difference in the life of someone who needs you. For more information, contact our Volunteer Department at 972.994.0502.
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.
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 or email@example.com. Our Food Pantry team can provide additional information about current Food Pantry needs and resources that will help your drive succeed.
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.
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
*limited | *balloons subject to availability