WHAT IS ENGAGE BROOKLYN?
It's Time to Care, Brooklynites!
UJA-Federation of New York's Engage Jewish Service Corps brings together Jews in their 50s, 60s, and beyond to address the needs of the Jewish community of the greater New York City area. The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan's program has expanded to Brooklyn, which has the highest Jewish poverty rate—38%—of any borough in New York. Join us to use your expertise, passion, and leadership to learn about and address important issues including poverty, hunger, joblessness, and the needs of caregivers, isolated elderly, and people with special needs. Volunteers meet regularly for discussion, reflection, and analysis to deepen the connections between volunteering, learning, and overall life experiences.
Public Benefits Outreach. Through Project Reach Out, a Met Council program, volunteers call low-income seniors that have received home repair services from Project Metropair to hear about their experiences. Project Metropair aims to eliminate home safety hazards. Spanish, Russian & English speakers needed.
Food packing and delivery. Sort, package and deliver food requested by low-income residents in Met Council's senior housing facilities.
Coffeehouse with Holocaust Survivors. Set up and serve lunch to Holocaust survivors with Selfhelp Community Services. Participate in dancing and conversation.
Food preparation at soup kitchen. Prepare vegetables to be used for dinner at Masbia, a restaurant-style kosher soup kitchen. Assist with cooking as necessary.
Dinner service at a soup kitchen. Serve dinner to clients at Masbia, a restaurant-style kosher soup kitchen.
Tutoring. One-on-one literacy tutoring in public schools for low income K-5 children with Reading Partners. Weekly 45 minute tutoring sessions. Schedule is based on volunteer's availability. Orientation required.
Holiday Celebrations. Celebrate the holidays with members of the Russian Jewish Community in Brooklyn.
Friendly Visiting. Provide companionship for Holocaust survivors with Selfhelp Community Services and seniors with Heights and Hills.