In-kind Donations

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

For some children and families, beginning the school year with a new backpack filled with essentials for classroom success is an annual tradition. It’s not if there will be new supplies, but where shall we go to buy all of the items on the long list from the school.

For other children, new backpacks, basic school supplies, are an uncertainty. Children growing up in the state’s child welfare system such as foster care or group homes, families with a child with a disability who face overwhelming medical bills, families who live with poverty…for these children and families starting the school year on the right foot may be out of reach.

Jewish Child & Family Services wants to ensure that our youngest clients -- as many as 450 children and youth served by our residential group homes, foster care, counseling and respite in-home services -- experience the joy of a new backpack overflowing with school supplies.

Through in-kind donations, you can help fill these otherwise unmet needs. Our needs change often, so please contact Sheryl Green or call 773.467.3891.

We accept NEW toys, clothing and household items and are most in need of the following NEW items for our upcoming Back-to-School Drive

  • Backpacks-solid colored – sizes pre-k to high school
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers, washable
  • Paper, spiral notebook or loose leaf
  • Pencils
  • Rulers
  • Scissors

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 complete this Car Donation Form.

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