In-kind Donations

For many of the families Jewish Child & Family Services serves, basic tangible needs are out of their financial reach.

Back to School Drive 2018

JCFS organizes an annual backpack and school supply donation drive to benefit our low income and neediest families.  Every child who receives a backpack filled with school supplies through this program is served by one or more of JCFS’s programs. Last year we filled nearly 500 backpacks.

If you would like to shop for items and drop them off at one of our offices, or make a monetary donation that will be used to purchase supplies for our drive, please complete this form.  

Items We Are Collecting
New Solid color backpacks-various sizes and colors (K-12)  Crayons
Erasers Folders
Glue Sticks Washable Markers
Paper-Spiral Notebooks or Loose Leaf Pencils
Pens Binders
Scissors Rulers
Color Pencils Highlighters










We are also looking for volunteers to help organize donations and stuff the backpacks with school supplies on August 3 & 5, 2018.  This is a great opportunity for families, groups of friends, organization members or individuals to come together for two-hour shifts. The work is simple yet requires teamwork and some light lifting, we also ask that volunteers under 12 years old be accompanied by an adult.

JCFS Elaine Kersten Children’s Center
255 Revere Drive, Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062

Date and Times:
Friday, August 3: 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm
Sunday, August 5: 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm
Monday, August 6: 10am- We are looking for volunteers who can help us transport the filled backpacks from Northbrook to various offices (Buffalo Grove, Skokie and Rogers Park)

If you would like to sign up to volunteer or have any questions about our drive, contact Sheryl Green at or 773.467.3746


Year round needs.

Through in-kind donations, you can help fill these otherwise unmet needs. Our needs change often, so please contact Sheryl Green or call 773.467.3746.

We also accept NEW toys, clothing and household items and are most in need of the following:

  • Art supplies - play doh, water color paint and paper, construction paper and markers
  • Dolls with a variety of ethnicities
  • Science themed/educational games

We regret that we are unable to accept donations of furniture, computers, used clothing and used toys. The exception to this is certain times when we accept donations of furniture or computers for refugee resettlement. Please contact HIAS Chicago directly at 312.357.4666

In-kind donation drop-offs are accepted at the following locations and times:

Central Office, 216 W. Jackson, Ste. 700, Chicago
10 AM - 4 PM, Tuesdays - Thursdays
10 AM - 3 PM, Fridays

Joy Faith Knapp Children’s Center, 3145 W. Pratt, Chicago
8 AM - 5 PM, Mondays - Thursdays
8 AM - 4:30 PM, Fridays

Elaine Kersten Children’s Center, 255 Revere, Ste. 200, Northbrook,
8 AM - 8 PM, Mondays & Tuesdays
8 AM - 5:30 PM, Wednesdays
8 AM - 8:30 PM, Thursdays
8 AM - 4:30 PM, Fridays

Donate Your vehicle, motorcycle, boat or RV

Call toll-free at 855.700.5237 to speak to a JCFS Vehicle Donation Representative or make your donation online.

Our Representative will schedule a pickup that is convenient for you, and provide you with confirmation of your donation.