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!

Follow us on Instagram for updates on these and other events. Fill out the Participant Form for your region below, and we’ll be in touch to let you know when we add new events to our schedule.


Impact Year Registration Form
Impact Year Registration Form
Impact Year Registration Form
Impact Year Registration Form


Summer Service 2021:

Follow us on Instagram for updates on these and other events.

girl with dogPlaythings for Pooches

Location TBD, Palo Alto
Wednesday, August 4, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Join us to create durable dog toys for Pets in Need, a Bay Area animal shelter focusing on finding forever homes for dogs, cats, bunnies, and other domestic animals. At this service-learning event, we will embody the Jewish law that prohibits against suffering of living animals! Bring an old towel, t-shirt, or other strong fabric and learn how to turn them into animal toys that are sure to bring smiles to these future beloved pets.

To sign up, reach out to [email protected].

carrotsFarm Volunteer Day

Location: Redwood Sustainable Agriculture Farm, Larkspur, CA
Thursday, August 12, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come give back to the land and support Redwood High School’s sustainable agriculture program at the peak of the summer season. We’ll dig into the soil with weeding, harvesting, and helping get the farm ready for the upcoming school year. We will also learn about its sustainable methods for growing food and how these practices align with the Jewish agricultural tradition of Shmitah (releasing and resting the land every seventh year). Bring water, sun protection, and layers, and get ready for a fun morning on this teen-cultivated farm!

To sign up, reach out to [email protected].

Food Bank with JFCS San Francisco: Drive Groceries for Delivery to Families Facing Food Insecurity

2150 Post Street, San Francisco
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (choose 1 – 3 days) 

Do a mitzvah and join us at the JFCS Food Bank to drive and deliver grocery donations to families and individuals facing food insecurity. If you don’t have your license yet, consider driving together with a parent or someone who does!  Register Here 


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

San Francisco Natan Kuchar; 415-359-2477

North Peninsula Linda Karlin; 415-359-2463

South Peninsula Deborah Schneider; 650-688-3059

Marin County Margolit Sands; 415-419-3641


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