Service Opportunities & Events

Make an Impact with YouthFirst

Connect with teens from around the Bay Area as we address a range of challenges/issues facing our communities. Through advocacy projects and service-learning events, you can help make a difference through your actions and voice!

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Impact Year Registration Form

Impact Year Registration Form

Impact Year Registration Form
Impact Year Registration Form


Upcoming Service Projects

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We are so excited to kick off the  2022 – 23 Impact Year Program with these first service-learning events around the Bay Area! Impact Year gives teens opportunities to engage in Jewish service-learning, become leaders, and build a supportive community through volunteerism. Come learn how to get involved as an Impact Year leader or volunteer, while doing a great mitzvah.

YouthFirst members making holiday cardsHigh Holiday Food Drive & Card Making for JFCS Food Bank

Sunday, Sept. 11, 10 – 11:30 am
JFCS Office, 600 Fifth Ave, San Rafael

Celebrate the Jewish New Year at our Rosh HaShanah card-making party and learn about how to address food access issues throughout Marin County. We need help making hundreds of cards to help bring warmth and care to our JFCS Food bank recipients. They look forward to these hand-made notes during the holiday season! Bring food to donate to the High Holiday food drive, make an impact, and embody the Jewish value of gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness). Register Here!   Questions? [email protected]

hand coloring on paperApples & Honey: Passing on Sweet Traditions with Children

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4 – 5:30 pm
JFCS Office, 2150 Post St, San Francisco

Every year at Rosh Hashanah, JFCS brings families together to help assemble our High Holiday Bags. Help young children learn about the mitzvah of gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness) as we decorate the bags that will hold all the Rosh Hashanah treats. Through this act of service, we can show isolated seniors, people with disabilities, and families in crisis that they are not alone—and alleviate hunger at the same time! Register Here!   Questions? [email protected]

family bikingBiking to Protect the Bay: Taking a Clean-Air Approach to Commuting in Partnership with Congregation Beth Am Teens

Sunday, Sept 25, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Shoreline Park and Lake, Boathouse

Our teen leaders invite you to join them on a carbon-neutral ride around Shoreline Park to learn about our environment while enjoying an afternoon bike around the Lake.  Learn about our beautiful surroundings and how to navigate it in an environmentally friendly way with stops along your ride. Finish at Shoreline Park where we will do a quick clean-up of the area while sharing a snack together and meeting other teens from the Beth Am Youth Group. Register here. Questions? [email protected]


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Letter Writing for Homebound Seniors

Everyone loves to get handwritten notes, especially seniors!  Help make an isolated senior’s day by writing a card, sending a joke, or drawing a picture, and let them know you are thinking about them. If you would like to write personal notes to ten seniors in our community, please contact Deborah Schneider at [email protected] for a list of names and instructions on where to send them.

Donate to JFCS Food Banks

Our community faces an unprecedented need for food donations and deliveries during the pandemic. Help JFCS keep our Food Banks full throughout the Bay Area and ensure we have essential supplies for everyone in need. Learn more about how you and your family can contribute.

Completed Service Projects

See our list of completed YouthFirst service projects over the past year >


Director Linda Karlin; 415-359-2463

North and South Peninsula Deborah Schneider; 650-688-3059

San Francisco and Marin County Margolit Sands; 415-419-3641


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