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. Geriatric Care Volunteer, Yorktown Heights
2-3 hours per week
A volunteer is sought who can be a friendly visitor to a male senior. The volunteer should feel comfortable socializing at the senior’s home, and helping him with paying bills, making appointments, and going through mail. Volunteer should be mature, responsible, and sociable. Volunteer must be over 18 years old.
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. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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: email@example.com or 914-761-0600 x222