All around New York, boomers are getting engaged.

UJA-Federation of New York’s Engage Jewish Service Corps is for boomers and beyond who want to effect powerful change within the Jewish community through hands-on activities.

This new model of volunteering is perfect for the generation of game changers looking to reshape society at every stage of their lives.

As an Engage volunteer, you can use your skills, expertise, passion, and leadership to address issues like poverty, hunger, joblessness, education, the isolated elderly, and children with special needs – in a way that fits your schedule and lifestyle.

Join the movement. Become part of a community like-minded people who want to find real solutions to real problems.

Upcoming ENGAGE events

CLICK HERE to read the latest ENews blast with program description

You can click here to sign up online to become an Engage Volunteer

For more information contact Maida Silver @ msilver@shamesjcc.org

The JCC Mid Westchester is always looking for volunteers to help with senior programming, Arts & Talks, Sunday Funday, office help, and more. If you have some time–an hour a week, two hours a week, an hour a month–what works within your schedule, please contact Susan Groner @ groners@jccmw.org


What is Engage?
Engage is a UJA-Federation of New York initiative that recruits (engages!) Jewish baby boomers to volunteer with local nonprofit organizations. By volunteering you get to use your skills, your passion and your leadership to roll up your sleeves and address issues that are important to you – poverty, hunger, isolated elderly, children and adults with special needs, to name just a few.

What makes Engage unique?
A big part of our mission is to create a volunteer “community”.  How do we do that? Not only can individuals volunteer by themselves but we also have group service projects once a month in which we go as a group to an organization to volunteer – sort clothing, read to children, pack medical supplies, make crafts projects with kids – a myriad of opportunities.  We also have other programs such as Engage In Song and our
knitting/crocheting groups in which you can participate in something you love with other people, while doing good for others. Our community building programs allow you meet other Engage volunteers while learning and enjoying various events with one another. And you’re always encouraged to bring your friends!

With Engage, you make new friends, benefit those in need and feel fulfilled all at the same time.  It’s a win-win!

How do I register and how do I choose where I want to volunteer?
You would meet one-on-one with a Site Coordinator closest to your home or work place (see below for names and locations.)  At that meeting, we would provide a general overview of the Engage organization and ask you to fill out an intake form with some of your background information, experience and interests. Then together we would discuss in detail your specific interests (i.e. working with children, elderly, individuals with special needs) to determine what organizations/programs we would recommend for you.

How do I find out about upcoming volunteer opportunities and community building events?
Once you become an Engage volunteer, your email address is added to our Constant Contact email list. We send out 2 eblasts per month – a bulletin on the 1st of the month and a newsletter in the third week of the month.  Periodically, we also send out a staff pick of an upcoming program that we want to highlight.

What is the time commitment? When I volunteer, do I need to drive to these organizations?
There is no specific time commitment.  The time is as little or as much as you want. Yes, you will need to drive to your volunteer activity, but you can choose an organization that is in a geographic area that is close to your home or place of business. In addition, most of our volunteer opportunities are during the day, although there may be Engage events that take place in the evening or on a weekend.

What if I’m only available a few months out of the year?

Again, there is no time commitment with Engage.  However, if you are interested in a program that requires a weekly commitment for a period of time, we would recommend you alert the volunteer coordinator of the organization. There is certainly no problem if you are a “snowbird” spending time outside the New York area during the winter or there is a break at any other time of year due to traveling or other personal reasons.

What if I don’t want to do this alone? Can my spouse or friend come along?
We would welcome that! Friends and spouses are always welcome at our community building events/programs. If they are interested in participating in a service/volunteer activity with you, we would be happy to register them as an Engage volunteer!