Share your time to make a difference at WJCS

"How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world." Anne Frank

WJCS empowers every volunteer to reach his or her caring potential by providing them with opportunities to share time and skills with our clients. Flexible, meaningful opportunities are available in many WJCS programs to help others, assist with office functions or share talents and skills. Volunteers may mentor or tutor a child, visit in our group homes for the developmentally disabled or assist with clerical work. Projects can be ongoing or occasional and can be arranged for individuals or groups. Each volunteer is interviewed and placed according to one's special interests and skills. Local organizations and synagogues also participate in community service projects at WJCS sites.

To apply to be a volunteer please click here.

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 help clients reduce the isolation that accompanies mental illness. Volunteers are sought who are friendly, good listeners, reliable and responsible. Volunteer-client matches engage in activities together in the community and home visits. Volunteers must be over 18 years old.

2. Geriatric Care volunteer
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. The volunteer should be mature, responsible and sociable. Volunteers must be over 18 years old.

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. In addition, tutors are needed throughout the academic year.

5. Senior Programs in Mt. Vernon, 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.

6. 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.

7. Projects throughout WJCS
As needed

At different times of the year, the agency collects holiday items, clothing, school supplies, books, diapers, etc. Volunteers are sought who are interested in assisting with these annual projects. Additional volunteer project suggestions are always welcome. Commitment is based on the volunteer’s availability.

8. WJCS After-School Academy provides elementary school children with academic, youth development and enrichment activities including homework help and skills development, learning games, computer skills, music, literacy, arts and crafts, sports, nutrition and conflict resolution support children's educational achievement, and healthy social and emotional development.  Local teens serve as tutors and mentors to their younger peers. Programs include Amazing Afternoons at Edward Williams Elementary School in Mt. Vernon and Off the Street at Hamilton Elementary School in Mt. Vernon and is in partnership with the Mt. Vernon City School District and numerous volunteers and community members, these programs are funded by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services' Advantage After-School initiative. Please click here to apply for the new school year.

9. The VIP Program is for adults over the age of 18 who are recovering from mental illness and who wish to participate in a volunteer work experience.

VIP members are placed at various non-profit organizations throughout Westchester County as well as at WJCS. Volunteers gain the necessary tools to further aid them with their vocational goals. Program participants must commit to a minimum of 10 volunteer hours a week.

The VIP program also hosts monthly meetings to give members an opportunity to share their volunteer experiences. Monthly meeting topics range from: mental health empowerment, resources for Westchester residents, and even group socials. 

Participants must be Westchester residents. Please contact Allison Rainone at [email protected] to become a participant. 

10.Bar and Bat Mitzvah community service projects are available and can be tailored to your needs. Please contact Rebecca Sigman at [email protected] for more information.

11. Shelanu is a home within a home for young Jewish adults with autism spectrum disorder. Help at Shelanu social events to provide a wonderful experience for the participants.

12. **NEW** Mentoring Program to begin Fall of 2018. Mentors will spend approximately one hour a week at White Plains high school facilitating a connection with mentees designed to empower participants at the WJCS Young People Achieve Program and assist them as they face the challenges of high school and make decisions about their futures. Matches are carefully thought out through strategically designed applications and interview questions in order to provide the most meaningful experience for both mentees and mentors. Please contact Alexandra Luciano, Mentoring Program Coordinator at [email protected] if you are interested in becoming a mentor.

Please contact Rebecca Sigman, Director of Community Engagement with any questions.  
914-761-0600 x222; [email protected].

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