Engage Jewish Service Corps
What is Engage?
UJA-Federation of New York's Engage Jewish Service Corps empowers Jews in their 50s, 60s, and beyond to address the needs of the Jewish community of New York City.
Volunteers use their lifelong skill sets, expertise, passion, and leadership to address issues that they care deeply about, including poverty, hunger, joblessness, and the needs of isolated elderly and people with special needs. Volunteers choose opportunities that fit their interests and availability or create opportunities of their own.
Participants also join together in regular community-building gatherings that include discussion, reflection, and analysis, which provide opportunities to learn about related societal issues and teachings and facilitate connections between the volunteering, learning, and overall life experiences.
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Engage volunteers choose opportunities that fit their interests and availability or create their own. Possible volunteer opportunities include:
- Afya Foundation: Support efforts to provide health care supplies to underserved communities.
- Bottomless Closet: Assist in providing business attire and job coaching to disadvantaged women returning to the workforce.
- Bronx Jewish Community Council: Assist with holiday celebrations.
- Camp Sunrise on Wheels Hospital Volunteering: Play games and do arts and crafts with children who have cancer at area hospitals.
- City Harvest: Help rescue food and conduct nutrition education to support hungry New Yorkers, and provide office assistance.
- Citymeals-on-Wheels: Visit with and deliver meals to New Yorkers in need, and provide weekly phone calls to homebound seniors throughout New York City.
- Community Kitchen and Pantry of West Harlem: Volunteer at this full-service soup kitchen and food pantry that helps provide more than 50,000 free meals each month.
- Department for the Aging Bill Payer Program: Meet with a senior at his or her home on a monthly basis, helping to manage and pay bills.
- DOROT: Visit homebound seniors weekly with the friendly visitor program, or on an occasional basis with the response team. Prepare dinner for the homelessness prevention program.
- The English Speaking Union: Help newcomers to the United States gain fluency and confidence in conversational English by becoming a volunteer tutor for weekly conversation sessions.
- First Friends NY/NJ: Visit immigrant detainees at the Elizabeth Detention Center, the Hudson County Correctional Center, the Bergen County Jail, and the Essex County Correctional Center.
- The Food Bank for New York City: Volunteer at a food distribution warehouse in the Bronx and other affiliated sites throughout NYC.
- Goddard Riverside: Prepare holiday meals for seniors, volunteer at community book sales, assist with tutoring programs, and facilitate programs and workshops.
- God’s Love We Deliver: Prepare and deliver meals to neighbors in need.
- The Hebrew Free Burial Association: Assist in the office, helping to provide free Jewish burial services to people in need and assisting with genealogical research.
- HIAS: Write letters to asylum seekers who have requested correspondence and advocate on immigration-related issues.
- iMentor: Mentor a high school student via email and in-person meetings to help him or her succeed in high school and get into college.
- The League of Women Voters: Assist with voter registration and mobilization efforts.
- The Jack and Shirley Silver Center for Special Needs at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan: Become a mentor for an adult who has special needs. Assist at one-time programs.
- JASA (Jewish Association Serving the Aging): Volunteers teach classes, lead workshops, plan special events, provide clerical support, and serve lunch at senior centers and NORCs throughout New York City.
- The Jewish Board (JBFCS): Become a volunteer in one of several programs that assist children, teenagers, individuals with developmental disabilities and special needs, individuals with mental health diagnoses, and victims of domestic violence throughout New York City.
- Mandala Cafe: Help prepare and serve dinner to members of the West Harlem community who have varying levels of food security.
- The Manny Cantor Center: Assist with programs on the Lower East Side, including serving meals to seniors, facilitating English conversation groups, providing mobile computer lab support, tutoring high school students, and leading workshops for teens.
- Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan Literacy and Math Programs: Tutor in an Upper West Side public school and help students in our community achieve academic success.
- Medicare Rights Center: Assist people with Medicare through one-on-one telephone counseling.
- The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty: Assist at senior housing facilities, provide meals to Holocaust survivors, and conduct public benefits education and outreach throughout New York City.
- The Multifaith Alliance on Syrian Refugees: Support efforts to address the suffering of people affected by the Syrian crisis.
- National Council of Jewish Women’s Council House: Assist with various programs benefiting seniors, children, and other populations.
- The New Jewish Home: Assist seniors at Shabbat services, holiday celebrations, and a weekly Nia Wise Moves class; facilitate workshops; volunteer at the beauty salon; provide support at casino game nights and other special programs; and visit homebound seniors on a weekly or periodic basis.
- New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC: Accompany immigrants to their required, periodic check-ins with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Assist at legal clinics for immigrants.
- New York Common Pantry: Help provide groceries and meals for food-insecure New Yorkers in East Harlem and throughout the city.
- New York Legal Assistance Group: Assist at pro-bono legal clinics throughout the city.
- Project ORE: Serve lunch at the Educational Alliance’s kosher soup kitchen, located in the East Village.
- Riverdale Y Senior Center: Assist with holiday celebrations and volunteer at the senior center by setting up tables, serving meals, teaching classes, and leading groups. Set up, serve, and socialize with guests at the monthly Café Europa lunch for Holocaust survivors.
- Selfhelp Community Services: Set up and serve lunch or midafternoon coffee at coffee houses for Holocaust survivors, make weekly visits to Holocaust survivors, and become a facilitator for the virtual senior center.
- UJA-Federation of New York's Pro Bono Consulting Program: Share your professional skills as a pro bono consultant with a UJA beneficiary agency that needs your expertise.
- The YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood: Assist with programs for seniors in need.