Volunteer Opportunities

To express interest in any of these opportunities, please contact Rabbi Brian Fink, bfink@mmjccm.org. We look forward to having you join our engaged and enthusiastic community of Engage volunteers,

Community-Building, Learning, and Holidays

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Engage Men’s Group

Join other men involved with Engage to form community and take part in volunteer projects and social programs.  

Mondays, Feb 14 [Format TBD], 5:30-6:30 pm
Register here

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Introduction to Living Well Together

Learn about the benefits of joining Living Well Together at the JCC. Hear about the value of our small groups, the importance of getting referrals for doctors and other health professionals, and the comfort of learning about and sharing health-related experiences.

Thursday, Feb 10, 2:30-4 pm
Register here

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Engage Women’s Group

Participate in the Engage Women's Group to build supportive connections, explore ways to give back to the community through Engage volunteer projects, and take part in enriching conversations.
 
The session in January will feature a presentation by Isaac Zablocki, the Director of the Carole Zabar Center for Film at the JCC. The topic for the February session is TBD.

Monday, Jan 24 & Feb 28, 6-7:30 pm
Register here

Assisting the Elderly

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DOROT Winter Package Delivery

Deliver a package and share a friendly phone call with an older neighbor this winter!

Sunday, Jan 30
East Side: 10 am-12:40 pm
Moise Safra Center (130 E. 82nd Street)

West Side: 10 am-1 pm
DOROT (171 W. 85th Street)

Monday, Jan 31
West Side: 11 am-12:20 pm
DOROT (171 W. 85th Street)

Register here

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DOROT Volunteer Information and Orientation Session

DOROT is a nonprofit organization addressing the challenges of an aging population. They are hosting information and orientation sessions via Zoom for potential volunteers. Some activities take place remotely, and some are in person. Upcoming orientations are scheduled on:

Wednesday, Jan 5, 5:30-6:30 pm
Wednesday, Jan 19, 12:30-1:30 pm
Thursday, Feb 10, 5:30-6:30 pm
Thursday, Feb 24, 12:30-1:30 pm

Register here

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Help Make JCC Caring Committee Check-in Phone Calls in January

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan is seeking additional volunteers to assist with the next round of our Caring Calls initiative that will take place in January 2022, just after the New Year, and will continue for two weeks.  We plan to call over 3,000 older adults from our community to wish them a happy new year, express care and compassion, share resources, and ask how we can best continue to support them. Volunteers will be assigned 10 or 20 people to call for this one-time effort. Volunteers will be provided with their assigned call list, a sample script, a Google form to record responses, and other resources as needed  There will be two online orientation sessions for volunteers scheduled on Zoom before the calling period begins.  We are also looking for additional volunteers to become ongoing “check-in” or “phone buddy” callers for members of our community who have expressed interest in receiving these calls.

To sign up to help, please email Sherri Lerner at caringcommittee@mmjccm.org.

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Engage Tech Soup: One-on-One Technology Assistance

Tech Soup volunteers provide tech assistance to their peers through virtual programs and one-on-one assistance. Volunteers assist with smartphones, tablets, PCs, and Mac devices, along with software and platforms such as Zoom and social media. Volunteers are now providing in-person assistance at the JCC through pre-arranged appointments on Friday afternoons, as well as continuing to assist people remotely.

To inquire about becoming a Tech Soup volunteer or request one-on-one assistance, email techsoup1on1@mmjccm.org.

Addressing Hunger / Poverty

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City Harvest Volunteer Orientation

Attending an orientation is the first step to becoming a City Harvest volunteer. The virtual orientation will discuss the history of City Harvest, details about how the organization rescues and delivers millions of pounds of food a year, and information about all of their volunteer projects.

Following this orientation, you will be ready to volunteer for any of City Harvest’s general projects, most of which are in-person, including (but not limited to) Mobile Markets, Agency Network Support, and Food Rescues. When their Nutrition Education program resumes, you will also be able to attend a Nutrition Education training which will allow you to volunteer for Cooking Demos, Shopping Tours, and Nutrition Education Courses.

Upcoming orientations are scheduled on:

  • Tuesday, Jan 25, 5-6 pm

Register here 

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Engage Cookie Baking

Join other Engage volunteers team members in baking cookies or other items together on Zoom, each from their own kitchens. The cookies will be delivered to various programs that support neighbors in need. One group of baking volunteers has an Upper East Side focus, another has an Upper West Side focus. Please email Rabbi Brian at bfink@mmjccm.org if you are potentially interested in this opportunity.

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Engage Knitters

Knit or crochet the cold-weather project of your choice to help keep someone warm. Hats, scarves, blankets, mittens, and sweaters will be donated to those in need. All are welcome. Meets Wednesdays via  Zoom video conferencing. On the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, some members of the group also meet in-person at the JCC, and the program takes place in a hybrid manner. [Note that the Wednesday Jan 5 session will be Zoom only].

Register here

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God's Love We Deliver

The mission of God’s Love We Deliver is to improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. They prepare and deliver nutritious, high-quality meals to medically frail people. Individual volunteers are often needed for a variety of projects, most of which take place at the main facility at 166 6th Ave. in Tribeca.  

Assorted Kitchen Projects: Volunteer on projects in the kitchen with the guidance of our on-staff chefs. Tasks may include packaging meals, chopping onions, making meatballs, ladling soup, peeling potatoes, scooping baked goods or preparing fresh herbs.

Client Meal Delivery: Help deliver meals to people in need. Assist as a passenger/schlepper in a delivery vehicle.  The shift begins at 7am and generally concludes around 2:30 pm].

Meal Kit Assembly and/or Labeling: Package client meal bags and/or add labels to needed components and bags.

Click here to sign up specific volunteer shifts.

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Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen and Pantry

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen and Pantry, located in Chelsea, was founded in 1982. It provides meals, social services support, and workshops that help those in need work toward improved health, housing, and jobs.   Individual volunteer shifts are available Monday-Friday from 9:15am-1:15pm, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1pm-3pm. Volunteer can sign up to assist with the soup kitchen, pantry, or distributing social services to the organization's guests. Additional information on volunteer roles can be found at holyapostlesnyc.org/get-involved/volunteer. Interested volunteers can sign up for shifts at hask.volunteerhub.com. Please email Rabbi Brian at bfink@mmjccm.org if you are potentially interested in this opportunity.
 

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New York Common Pantry

New York Common Pantry works to reduce hunger and promotes dignity, health and self-sufficiency.  They use individual volunteers to support the distribution of nutritious, fresh food pantry packages in their Choice Pantry and provide hearty balanced breakfast and dinner in their Hot Meals program. Volunteer shifts take place at 8 East 109th Street, New York, NY 10029. COVID volunteer protocols can be found at nycommonpantry.org/volunteer. Interested volunteers can sign up for shifts at nycommonpantry.volunteerhub.com. If you would like to coordinate your volunteer shifts with other Engage volunteers (to volunteer at the same time as others) please email Rabbi Brian at bfink@mmjccm.org.

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West Side Campaign Against Hunger (via New York Cares)

Register through New York Cares to volunteer at this long-standing supermarket-style food pantry in the UWS. Volunteers are needed to help with the following roles:

  • Pack Food Bags For Distribution:
    9am-11am, 11 am-1:15 pm
    Put together bags of food at this supermarket-style pantry. Work will take place indoors. This high-volume program serves thousands of New Yorkers every year in Northern Manhattan and the South Bronx. You'll be on your feet the whole time.

  • Distribute Food Bags To The Community:
    8:30am-10:45am, 10:45 am-1 pm
    Assist staff with handing out boxes of food to customers, communicating with them through masks and face shields. You should feel comfortable lifting between 20-30 lbs. and being outside for the entire shift. Volunteering will take place outdoors.

Interested volunteers need to first register through New York Cares at newyorkcares.org/user/register and then complete a self-directed online volunteer orientation.

Once they have become an accepted/active New York Cares volunteer, volunteers can click here to sign up for WSCAH opportunities.

Please email Rabbi Brian at bfink@mmjccm.org if you are potentially interested in these opportunities.

Tutoring and Mentoring

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Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan's Literacy and Math Tutoring Program

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan is accepting new volunteers throughout the year on a rolling basis to volunteer virtually for this program, either as a one-on-one tutor or as a tutoring monitor. Tutoring takes place via Zoom on weekday afternoons through May 2022. Volunteers can choose to tutor literacy and/or math from 3–3:40 pm, 4–4:40 pm, 5-5:40 pm, and/or 6–6:40 pm, Mondays through Thursdays. If you are potentially interested, please email Judy Gross at jgross@mmjccm.org.

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iMentor Mentoring Orientation

Mentor a high school student to help him or her succeed in high school and get into college. iMentor matches every student in their partner high schools with a college-educated mentor—a personal champion to help them on their college journey. Volunteers connect online once a week with their mentee, and (pre-COVID) meet in-person once a month.  The first step in becoming a volunteer is attending an orientation.

Upcoming orientations are scheduled on:

Assisting Recent Immigrants

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CBST’s Ark Immigration Clinic

The Ark Immigration Clinic, is a pro se immigration clinic organized by and located at the CBST synagogue in Chelsea, Manhattan, in partnership with Seeking Asylum and Finding Empowerment (SAFE) and New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC).

Volunteers and attorneys assist immigrants with asylum and work permit applications, translation, accompaniment to USCIS interviews, direct support for our immigrant neighbors, and more.
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The clinic takes place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6pm. To express interest in becoming a clinic volunteer, please email Rabbi Brian at bfink@mmjccm.org.
 

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HIAS - ENL (English as a New Language) Tutor

HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. For more than 130 years, HIAS has been helping refugees rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.   
 
ENL Tutors are matched with refugees and asylum seekers with varying levels of English, ranging from little to no English language skills, or greater conversational abilities. Through weekly sessions, tutors help refugees communicate with their neighbors, employers and service providers. Tutors can create their own lesson plans, or use HIAS’ materials to promote learning and cultural sharing. Tutors meet with their students for two hours per week for a duration of five months. Tutors must have prior experience teaching English to non-native speakers. Interested potential volunteers should click here to complete a volunteer profile.

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HIAS Career Mentor

Career Mentors help refugees and asylum seekers navigate employment in the United States. Finding a job is one of the first and most critical steps for our clients, putting them on the road to financial independence and a future career. Career Mentors may assist refugees and asylum seekers by:

  • Reviewing or creating a resume
  • Preparing a cover letter
  • Finding job opportunities via websites such as Indeed.com, Idealist.org, and LinkedIn

Professionals from diverse backgrounds are essential to help guide refugees to find an entry-level job, re-enter former professions, and upgrade current employment. Career Mentors meet with their students for two hours per week for a duration of five months.

Interested potential volunteers should click here to complete a volunteer profile.   
 

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Ruth’s Refuge

Ruth's Refuge provides furniture and home essentials to refugees and asylum seekers rebuilding their lives in New York City.  The organization is located in Brooklyn. They are currently working with three Afghan families right now to get them set up in their new homes, and are expecting more referrals.

Ruth's Refuge needs volunteer lifters and drivers for apartment set-ups. They need volunteers to help with inventory and other behind the scenes work. They can also use volunteers with special skills in graphic design, communications, data management, logistics, and fundraising. They accept furniture donations and financial donations. They also have an Amazon.com wish list.

Please email Rabbi Brian at bfink@mmjccm.org if you are potentially interested in any of these opportunities.