JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE OF HOUSTON
What Is It?: A non-profit social service agency that serves Houston’s Jewish community and the general SW Houston community, “strengthening family life, laying the foundation for self-sufficiency, and improving both the social and economic conditions of our clients.”
Help Needed: Help create Shabbat boxes, nosh bags, and holiday gifts for Jewish hospital patients; provide needed items for homebound/needy clients; or perform for seniors.
Minimum Age to Volunteer: No minimum age for most projects; volunteers must be 12 for some projects.
HURRICANE KITS (for home-bound seniors and financial aid clients)
Assemble flashlights, batteries, canned goods, can opener, individual bottles of water, and other helpful items in reusable grocery bags. Kits are distributed to clients in May and August; contact JFS for more details.
THANKSGIVING BAGS (for home-bound seniors or financial aid clients)
$12 gift card to buy a kosher rotisserie chicken from Randall’s, cranberry sauce, boxed stuffing, can of low-sodium green beans, canned sweet potatoes, and no-sugar fruit cups or cans. Great project for groups or individuals, no age limit. 35 bags requested.
BAGS OF STAPLES (for home-bound seniors and financial aid clients)
Non-Perishable Food: Needed year-round. Suggested collection items include cheese sandwich crackers (Austin brand), unsalted saltine crackers, no-sugar fruit cups, granola bars, peanut butter, unsweetened apple sauce, and more.
Paper Goods: Paper plates, napkins, paper towels, facial tissues, toilet paper, paper cups, plastic eating utensils.
These are great projects for groups or individuals, no age limit. 35 bags requested.
Assemble purchased/collected holiday gifts for Jewish patients who are unable to leave local hospitals. For example, patients receive mishloach manot bags at Purim, Passover foods at Passover, milk chocolates at Shavuot (with a creative insert explaining why we eat only dairy), and apples with honey at the High Holidays. Must prepare at least 40 gifts per holiday. This holiday-specific project is good for groups/troops or family mitzvah projects. Minimum age: 12.
We provide speakers, musicians, and performers for monthly events at several local retirement communities. If you would be interested in presenting or performing (especially Jewish topics/music) for seniors, please reach out to us! Most events are during the school day, but we have some evening events as well as events during winter/spring/summer breaks. Individuals or groups accepted.
Rosh Hashanah bags, 2016
Shlenker students with Purim bags, 2017
Apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah, 2016
Volunteers preparing for the Reel Abilities film festival, 2013
Apples and tubes of honey for Rosh Hashanah, 2016
Shabbat boxes, 2016
Decorated nosh bags, ready for delivery