By Beth Land Hecht, LCSW-C, Senior Manager, Volunteer Services
• Wash the car
• Watch a movie
• Read the newspaper and do the crossword puzzle
• Clean the house
• Mow the lawn
In the time it would take to do any of these activities, did you know that you could be doing a mitzvah (an act of human kindness)by volunteering for Jewish Community Services?
For just 2 hours a month you could:
- Escort and drive an adult to an important medical appointment.
- Bring cheer to someone who is homebound and discuss books, movies, or current events.
- Visit a small group of adults with disabilities in their home to play a game or create an art project.
- Grocery shop with or for someone in need of assistance and support.
- Tutor an adult who needs practice in Math or English in order to take a certificate program to improve his/her current job.
- Greet members of the Holocaust Survivors Social Club and help serve a meal at their meeting.
Volunteering is immensely rewarding, not only for the recipient, but also for the person who is giving just a little bit of time to benefit someone else. Here’s what some of our current volunteers say:
“I’ve been a volunteer for 5 years and I’m grateful for the experience.”
“I have enjoyed working with clients and have benefited in keeping myself busy and learning more about people.”
“Volunteering gives me a certain joy that I cannot receive doing anything else!”
The people our volunteers help are deeply grateful for their assistance, as reflected in comments like these: “She is such a kind woman. She takes me shopping [for groceries] once a week. She is very organized and always arrives on time. I really appreciate it.” The family of a person whom a JCS Mitzvah Mobility volunteer drives and escorts to medical appointments says: “We would like to commend your volunteer for his extraordinary volunteering services. We cannot even begin to express how much we truly appreciate the volunteer’s kindness and assistance.”
Two hours a month is all it takes to brighten the life of someone in our community. The rewards are immeasurable. And, if you’ve got a couple more hours each month, you have an opportunity to change the life of a child. Right now, there are children in our community waiting for a mentor and a friend. As a Jewish Big Brother or Big Sister, you’d get together twice a month with your “Little.” JCS provides training and support.
For more information about how you can get involved, please call 410-466-9200 or visit our website: www.jcsbaltimore.org/volunteers
By Beth Land Hecht, LCSW-C, Senior Manager, Volunteer Services, Jewish Community Services, Baltimore, MD
To learn more about how JCS can help you solve life’s puzzles please visit our home page or call 410-466-9200.