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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Projects throughout WJCS
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.
6. 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 Jodi Maxner at [email protected] to become a participant.
7.Bar and Bat Mitzvah community service projects are available and can be tailored to your needs. Please contact Diana Eppolito at [email protected] for more information.
8. 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.
Contact Diana Eppolito, WJCS Director of Community Engagement and Donor Relations with any questions.
914.848.8156; [email protected].