Volunteerism

Become a Volunteer!

At the heart of Sid Jacobson JCC are our volunteers. Community members of all ages can volunteer time and skills to give back.

We will help you find the volunteer opportunities that are right for you and match your busy schedule.

In June 2016, we recognized our volunteers and celebrated 10,160.20 hours of service!

Join thousands of New Yorkers as we gather to serve communities all across New York. We’ll be volunteering  on projects that address vital community needs.

Sign up on UJA’s new volunteer platform, Time for Good, New York’s go-to place for volunteerism. You can find all of Sid Jacobson JCC’s volunteer opportunities here.

 

Volunteer Application

Volunteerism
If you would like to volunteer at Sid Jacobson JCC, please fill out our online application here.

Teens
For teen volunteer opportunities click here.

 
Engage

ENGAGE

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UJA-Federation of New York’s Engage Jewish Service Corps is for boomers and beyond to use their skills to help those in need. Whether you are retired, an empty nester or transitioning to a new stage of life, we invite you to become part of this inspiring cohort. In addition to volunteerism, being a part of Engage gives you the opportunity to meet like-minded community members.

Engage is a collaboration between Sid Jacobson JCC, Marion & Aaron Gural JCC, Mid-Island Y JCC, Friedberg JCC and Samuel Field Y.

If you would like to join Engage Jewish Service Corps for volunteer and community building opportunities at Sid Jacobson JCC and/or in the local community, please fill out our online application here.


COFFEE & CONVERSATION
Join us for Coffee & Conversation to meet and mingle with other members of the Engage community. Free to Engage community but please let us know you are coming by emailing Kathy Garneau, kgarneau@sjjcc.org.
At Sid Jacobson JCC
Second Tuesday of the month (except for holidays, please check our holiday schedule here for closings)
11:00am-12:00pm


View our Engage newsletter for community based opportunities here.

 
Opportunities

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

ONE-DAY OPPORTUNITIES

SHABABA COOKS
Lend a helping hand in running this program for families and children.
Friday, March 31
2:30-5:30pm

GOOD DEEDS DAY
Help us celebrate Good Deeds Day with a follow-up activity to provide books bags to children in need.
Sunday, April 2
10:00am-1:00pm

FRIENDLY PHONE CALLS
Make caring calls to homebound seniors for Passover and general greetings.
Friday, April 7
3:00-5:00pm

DONATION SORTING
Help sort prom dress donations for the annual Prom Boutique.
Sunday, April 23

ISRAELFEST
Volunteers are needed as we celebrate Israel’s birthday at North Hempstead Beach Park.
Sunday, May 7
11:00am-4:00pm

DONATION DELIVERY
Sort, organize and deliver donations to local women and children’s residences.
Friday, May 26
12:00-2:00pm

SHABABA COOKS
Lend a helping hand in running this program for families and children.
Friday, May 19
2:30-5:30pm

STRONGER THAN CANCER 5K KICKOFF MEETING
Find out about volunteer opportunities for our Stronger Than Cancer 5K taking place this fall.
Wednesday, June 7
7:00pm

ONGOING FOR ADULTS

KNITVAH – KNITTING FOR A CAUSE
Join us to knit or crochet 8×8 inch squares to be turned into lap blankets for the infusion center at St. Francis Hospital. All skill levels welcome. Instruction is provided. Please bring your own materials. Can’t join us but want to help? Completed 8×8 inch squares can be dropped off in the donation bin in the lobby.
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm
Wednesday, 12:00-2:00pm

CARING VISITS
Spend an hour a week visiting an isolated senior. Play cards, have a cup of tea or just make conversation to help brighten their day.

FRIENDLY PHONE CALLS
Call a homebound senior and brighten their day with friendly conversation.

VIRTUAL SENIOR CENTER
Help decrease social isolation for seniors in the community by facilitating a class using Google chat technology. Classes can be led from the JCC or your home/office.

COMMUNITY THEATRE
Love the theatre but prefer to work behind the scenes? Volunteer positions are available for adults and teens.

SPECIAL NEEDS
Volunteer to work with children, teens and adults in our after-school programs or as a job coach in the JCC’s Vocational Training and Employment Center (VTEC).

CAREER SERVICES
Lead workshops on topics such as resume writing, career development and skill-building.

 
Drives

COLLECTION DRIVES

We pride ourselves on trying to provide assistance to our community partners throughout the year. Please refer to the following Donations and Drives Calendar when dropping off your donations. For additional places you can donate items to, please check out the resources tab.

ONGOING DRIVES

YARN
For our Knitting for a Cause program. 8×8 inch squares are made into lap blankets for the infusion center of The Cancer Institute at St. Francis Hospital.

iPODS
We are collecting iPods, headphones, chargers, power adapters (white box) and Apple/iTunes gift cards for our Music and Memory program. This evidence-based program will provide customized music therapy for individuals who attend our adult day programs through the use of personalized iPods.

MONTHLY DRIVES

APRIL 1-23
New and gently worn prom, dressy dresses, shoes and accessories to support The Prom Boutique

MAY
Baby food, wipes, diapers and hand lotion to support MOMMAS House

JUNE
Toilet paper, tissues and paper towel to support The Interfaith Nutrition Network

JULY
Magazines to support Northwell Health

AUGUST
New school supplies

SEPTEMBER
High Holiday food drive

OCTOBER
Winter coats and accessories

NOVEMBER
Shoes and boots

DECEMBER
New toys

JANUARY 1-15
Books

JANUARY 15-31
Food Drive

FEBRUARY
Pajamas and new stuffed animals

MARCH
Towels and toiletries to support The Interfaith Nutrition Network

 
Resources

RESOURCES

ORGANIZATIONS
May pick-up clothing and small items from your home

Big Brothers/Big Sisters
631-234-0000, ext. 1

Lupus Foundation
1-888-445-8787

Salvation Army
1-800-SATRUCK or bit.ly/1QOjrTu

The Beautiful Memories Gemach/Clothing Pantry at Young Israel of New Hyde Park
For donations of dress clothing for career, worship and special occasions. Hours by appointment only
917-703-4694 or mbkrieger@verizon.net

Vietnam Veterans of America Pick-Up Service
631-582-0242 or 1-800-915-4007 or wepickup.org


LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES
Will accept small canned goods, shelf stable products and paper products

KOSHER FOOD PANTRIES
Alix Rubinger Kosher Pantry
Massapequa
516-541-0740

Greater Five Towns JCC — Rina Shkolnik Kosher Pantry
Woodmere
516-569-6733

Hatzilu Kosher Pantry
South Baldwin
516-931-2884

Jewish Communal Fund Pantry at the Mid-Island Y JCC
Plainview
516-822-3535

Central Queens YM & YWHA
Forest Hills
718-268-5011

INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRIES
E Joy Community Resource Center
Roslyn Heights: 516-484-0049
Holbrook: 631-624-0383

Interfaith Nutrition Network
Freeport: 516-650-3395
Glen Cove: 516-759-7726
Hempstead: 516-486-6243
Long Beach: 516-897-2763
Wyandanch: 631-643-5117

Island Harvest
Mineola: 516-294-8528
Hauppauge: 631-873-4774

Long Island Cares
Freeport: 516-442-5221
Hauppauge: 631-435-1936

Port Washington Emergency Pantry (EOC)
516-883-3201

Ronald McDonald House of Long Island
516-775-5683


LOCAL DONATION SITES – PERISHABLE FOODS
DIX HILLS
Gatehouse: 631-643-9731
Grace House: 631-243-5537
Good Shepherd: 631-586-0674
Rose Pelletier: 631-242-2486

FREEPORT
Freeport Trailer
516-442-0955
Monday-Saturday 6:00am-12:00pm

GLEN COVE
MOMMAS House Glen Cove
516- 609-0079

North Shore INN
7 Continental Place
516-759-7726
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:30–11:00am

St. Patrick’s Church
516-676-5586

GREAT NECK
St. Aloysius Church
516-829-8343 or 516-482-2770 (main office)

HEMPSTEAD
Broken But Not Destroyed
Kayde Thompson
516-505-0505

Glory House
Terenna Williams
516- 410-1338 or 516-565-9509

Mary Brennan INN
100 Madison Avenue
516-486-6243
Monday–Friday, 9:00–11:00am and 2:00–4:00pm

MOMMAS House Hempstead
516-280-3220

HUNTINGTON STATION
Helping Hands
631-351-6996
Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm

JERICHO
MOMMAS House Jericho
516-938-5211

LONG BEACH
Long Beach Food & Friendship INN
140 West Pine Street
516-897-2763
Monday-Saturday

PORT WASHINGTON
Our Lady of Fatima
Sister Kathy
516-767-0781

ROOSEVELT
Bethany House
516-868-6866

WESTBURY
Westbury 1st Baptist Church
516-322-7952
Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00am-12:30pm

WYANDANCH
The Mercy INN
Trinity Lutheran Evangelical Church
17 South 20th Street
631-643-5117
Monday-Saturday  7:00am-2:00pm


NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK

The Volunteer Department thanks our board, committees, adult and teen volunteers for providing more than 17,000 hours of volunteer service!

Looking for more information about our volunteer programs?

Susan Berman, Director of Volunteer + Community Initiatives, 516-484-1545 ext. 202, sberman@sjjcc.org

Kathy Garneau, Volunteer Director, 516-484-1545 ext. 149, kgarneau@sjjcc.org

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