Volunteer and Funding Opportunities
1. Compeer, Client Homes in Westchester County
Minimum 8 hours per month
This program matches adult volunteers with clients recovering from mental illness or with serious emotional problems. Volunteers are matched with clients to help offset the isolation that accompanies mental illness. Volunteers are sought who are friendly, good listeners, reliable, and responsible. Volunteer-client matches do activities together in the community and home visits. Volunteers must be over 18.
2. Emergency Grants, Yonkers
2-4 hours per week for 1-2 months
A volunteer is sought who can assist a senior holocaust survivor in her home with completing forms and applications for grant assistance. Volunteer should be over 18, organized, and enjoy spending time with seniors.
3. Kids’ Kloset, White Plains
3 hour shifts on weekdays 10am-3pm, weekend and weeknight shifts, sign up for desired shift
This is a center for clothing donations for newborns through 20 year olds. Clients are referred by the vast network of WJCS professionals. Volunteers age 12 to adult are needed to sort clothing and make clothing packages for children in serious need (volunteers under 12 years old must be supervised). Diapers are in especially high demand as their cost is not covered by WIC/SNAP benefits. Volunteers of any age can conduct clothing and diaper drives. Drives involve collecting clothing and delivering it to Kids Kloset.
4. Mary J. Blige Center for Women, Yonkers
1-2 hours per week
A volunteer is sought who can instruct a fitness class (dance, Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, etc.) for a group of 7-15 women looking for enrichment activities. Volunteer must be reliable, experienced, and good with people. The volunteer can lead 1-2 classes per week.
5. Nutrition Instructor, Mary J Blige Center for Women, Yonkers
Monday 4:15 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.
The after school program for girls ages 9-14, is seeking a volunteer who can teach approximates 15 participants about nutrition through discussion and demonstration. The center will provide access to the full kitchen as well as all materials necessary. Volunteer should have professional knowledge of nutrition and feel comfortable teaching 15 girls in this age range.
6. Tutors for Elementary/Middle School, Mary J Blige Center for Women, Yonkers
Monday-Friday 3:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
The after school program for girls ages 9-14, is seeking a volunteer to help children with homework (subjects from elementary and middle school, especially math). Volunteer should enjoy helping children.
7. Arts and Crafts Leader, Mary J Blige Center for Women, Yonkers
Wednesday 4:15 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.
The after school program for girls ages 9-14, is seeking a volunteer who can lead crafts for 15 girls in this age range. The center will provide all necessary materials. Crafts could include card making, knitting, sewing, mosaics, clothing decorating, etc. Volunteer should feel comfortable with leading a group.
8. Sinai Free Seniors Program, Sinai Free Synagogue in Mt. Vernon
Monday-Thursday for 1-2 hour shifts between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This program serves senior citizens with kosher meals and provides a social atmosphere for them. Volunteers are sought to deliver meals to isolated seniors in Westchester especially in Tarrytown and White Plains. Volunteers 12 and younger can volunteer with an adult.
9. Chai House, White Plains
Once a week for one hour (late afternoon or early evening)
The Chai House is a kosher group residence for six individuals providing them with adaptive, medical, social and spiritual care. A volunteer is sought who can read a Jewish story or lead a holiday craft for the residents. The volunteer should feel comfortable volunteering with adults who have developmental disabilities.
10. WJCS Agency-Wide Projects
At different times of the year the agency collects holiday items, clothing, school supplies, books, diapers, etc. Volunteers are sought who are interested in leadership roles within these annual projects. Additional volunteer project suggestions are always welcome. Commitment is based on the volunteer’s availability.
For a volunteer application, click here or contact:
Tamar Moskowitz, Director of Volunteers at Westchester Jewish Community Services, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-761-0600 x222