Socially distant volunteer opportunities


Amid the virus outbreak, many nonprofits are struggling with having enough hands to help as well as keeping pantries stocked with food and supplies.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the community by providing behavioral health, healthcare and social services to all ages, faiths and backgrounds, is currently experiencing an urgent demand for services. In response to requests from community members asking how best to support the organization’s mission, JFCS has created the Emergency Assistance Fund.

“The outpouring of love and support from our community members has been truly remarkable,” said Gail Baer, vice president of philanthropic services for Jewish Family & Children’s Service. “We created the Emergency Assistance Fund so individuals and organizations have an avenue to provide financial assistance to community members in need.”

In addition to supporting JFCS programs and services by contributing to the Emergency Assistance Fund, community members can also get involved by supporting the following:

JFCS Just 3 Things Food Pantry

The pantry is accepting donations including non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, and personal care items at the administrative office and online through the Amazon Wish List which can be shipped directly to JFCS. The administrative office is located at 4747 N. Seventh Str. Suite 100 in Phoenix and will accept donations from 8 am-1 pm, Monday through Friday.

JFCS Back to School Program

Students are in need of school supplies for current homeschooling. In addition, families are in need of clothing and supplies for when children are back in school. JFCS has created a list of recommended donations by grade on the JFCS website. Donations can be made to the administrative office.

Youth Art Program Supplies

The youth need art activity kits for home use, allowing them to engage in art stimulation while maintaining safe social distancing. The administrative office will be accepting donations of new or gently used arts supplies such as crayons, finger paints, sidewalk chalk, puzzles, board games and coloring books. A list of recommended art supplies is available on the JFCS website.

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. JFCS has instructions on how to create a caring card including wording suggestions for the inside of the cards on the JFCS website.

Volunteer

Volunteers are the lifeline of many charity organizations, including JFCS. Socially distant volunteer opportunities are available on the JFCS website at jfcsaz.org/volunteer.

JFCS continues delivering vital services to our vulnerable neighbors in the community. If you need assistance contact the following:

For Behavioral Health and Primary Medical Care, call (602) 256-0528.
For Jewish Community Services, call (602) 452-4627.
For Administration and other inquiries, call (602) 279-7655.
For Domestic Violence Services, call (602) 452-4640 (English) or
(602) 534-3087 (Spanish).

In this critical time, please consider supporting those in need in your local community. You can still socially distance and make a difference! For more information, contact jfcsaz.org.

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