Community Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing and Long Term Volunteer Opportunities

Jewish Council for the Aging Interages

Age 50+?  Contribute your skills and wisdom to make a difference in the life of a child.  Volunteer with Interages! For more than 25 years, the JCA Heyman Interages Center has been bringing the generations together in Montgomery County. The mission of Interages is to create a more age-integrated community by promoting improved communication, understanding, and quality of life for adults and youth.
As an Interages volunteer, you can:

  • Help MCPS students from pre-kindergarten through high school improve academically, socially & emotionally.
  • Volunteer at a school near you. We have programs from Takoma Park to Germantown.
  • Choose from a variety of opportunities including literacy programs, cross-cultural groups, math clubs, discussion circles, and more.
  • Use your creativity to connect the generations. Plan and lead interactive programs that students and nursing home residents can enjoy together.
  • Commit just 1-2 hours/week. Our programs meet during and immediately after school and we observe all MCPS holidays and closures.
  • Decide what works best for your schedule. We have short-term, weekly, and substitute positions available.

For more information call 301-255-4234.

JSSAJewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)

You can make a lasting difference in someone’s life and have a mutually rewarding experience by volunteering at JSSA.

JSSA welcomes the involvement of individuals and groups of all denominations who want to gain the experience and derive the satisfaction of helping others in need.

JSSA’s volunteer opportunities include:

Healthy Meal Delivery

  • Meals on Wheels
  • Nourish Now
  • Holiday Basket Delivery

Hospice Care

  • Transitions
  • Hospice

Office Support

Social Support for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

  • Friendly Visitor
  • Café Europa
  • Himmelfarb Mobile University Instructors
  • Out & About/Going Places Social Club
  • Personal Shopper

Edlavitch DCJCC

The Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service (MCCCS) organizes high-impact volunteer programs that address unmet needs in the Washington, DC area. For over 25 years, the MCCCS has partnered with dozens of the area’s non-profits serving at-risk and in-need residents to provide ways for our constituents to give back. Our mission is to engage our community in the service of others.

Volunteer opportunities are open to all. The MCCCS provides support to those in need regardless of age, race, gender, disability status, or religion.

Our programs:

Charles E. Smith Life Communities

Charles E. Smith Life Communities offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, both on weekdays and weekends. Below is a brief summary of current options.

  • Friendly Visitor Program
  • Resident Escort Program
  • Recreation Therapy Team Program (Art therapy, Exercise programs, Card/board/word and other games)
  • Performers
  • Assist on a trip
  • Internships with the rehabilitation team (limited number available)
  • Dining Room Assistance
  • Manicurist
  • Translation Assistance
  • Pastoral Care Program
  • Gardeners Program
  • Adopt-A-Grandparent Program
  • Holiday Volunteers
  • Patient Services Representative
  • Administrative Assistance

Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia Mitzvah Program

The J’s Mitzvah Program provides support to those who are in need in our community. Please join fellow members, friends, and staff, as we volunteer on a number of social action projects, including making casseroles for the homeless each month, packing food boxes at an emergency food warehouse, visiting Jewish residents in retirement homes, collecting shoes for our shoebox recycling program, donating food for Thanksgiving baskets, and volunteering during our hypothermia prevention program.

Wider Circle logoA Wider Circle

From the moment A Wider Circle was founded, volunteers have been at the heart of our efforts. Every day a person volunteers here translates into more families having the opportunity to create stability and independence.

If you have questions, ideas for yourself or for a group, or to schedule a volunteer activity, contact us at [email protected] or 301-608-3504. See the Wider Circle website for details.

Stepping Stones Shelter logoStepping Stones Shelter

We welcome individual volunteers as well as group volunteers to help Stepping Stones in a variety of different ways. See the Stepping Stones website for details.

  • Provide a Meal
  • Donations Sorter
  • Childcare Worker
  • Clothing Closet Organizer
  • Clerical Work
  • Lead a Family Activity Night
  • Lead a Workshop with our Resident Parents
  • Kitchen Manager

So Others Might Eat SOME logoSOME (So Others Might Eat)

Volunteers play an essential role in SOME’s work, helping to feed the homeless and poor, tutoring children in the affordable housing programs for families, serving vulnerable elderly and more.

  • Dining Rooms
  • Youth Opportunities
  • Family Services
  • Holiday Opportunities

In addition to the opportunities described above, volunteers are needed in the following areas: Professional Services, Senior Services, Landscaping, Tutoring Adults, Material Donations and Administrative Assistance.

Interfaith works logoInterfaith Works

You can make a difference, and we can help you get started. We have lots of opportunities:

Get Dirty by landscaping/gardening, wash the agency van, or deep clean the shelter. Help in the kitchen or donate/provide food. Help us get organized by sorting and folding at the Interfaith Clothing Center in Rockville, or organizing and cleaning storage closets at other locations. Interact with our residents by creating crafts, playing games, or hosting a special event. Collect necessities like “Move-in” kits for those moving into improved housing situations or supplying personal care items.

Sunrise Senior Living logo

Sunrise Senior Living

You can make a lasting difference in someone’s life and have a mutually rewarding experience by volunteering at Sunrise Senior Living. Help Sunrise provide a weekly Shabbat service for their residents. For more information, contact Nathan Baker at 301-625-8655 x.2110.

Horizon on WheelsHorizon on Wheels

Horizon on Wheels provides children in oncology & hematology hospital units a super fun respite during their hospital visit by bringing the joys of childhood into what can sometimes be a scary, lonely experience. The Horizon on Wheels volunteers engage these kiddos in games, activities, crafts, music, and laughter, building relationships and propelling happiness in a truly unique hospital outreach program, offered as a part of Horizon Day Camp’s year-round programming. Call or email for more information: 202-329-9387 or [email protected]

Nourish NowNourish Now

Nourish Now is a nonprofit food bank, specializing in food recovery from grocers, caterers, restaurants, bakeries, and other food donors for the benefit of children, families, and the elderly, as well as shelters, food pantries, and other organizations working to end hunger. Whether you’re assisting with a food recovery, unloading a truck full of catered food, gleaning through mountains of produce, packaging meals for distribution, or helping families with their donations, there is always something you can do to help at Nourish Now.