You Can Make a Difference
At Hebrew SeniorLife we are committed to transforming the experience of aging for the seniors we serve. We depend on the generous donation of time from our volunteers who make it possible to offer so many life-enhancing programs. In turn, our volunteers find it gratifying to know that they make a real difference in an older adult’s life with their service.
We welcome volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, individually and in groups. We’re happy to work with you to find the right fit for your interests, talents, and schedule. You can volunteer in-person, or virtually. Volunteers play a critical role in all our communities, whether it’s at our five senior living communities in Greater Boston or at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, our Harvard Medical School-affiliated long-term chronic care hospital with locations in Boston and at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham.
We have a particular need for Russian-speaking volunteers to build relationships with our large populations of Russian-speaking seniors at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston and Center Communities of Brookline. This is a great chance for those learning the language - whether in school or as an adult learner - to practice their skills!
In-Person Volunteer Opportunities
If you choose to volunteer in-person, you’ll be provided with all the training, testing, and personal protective equipment you need to stay safe during COVID-19. We ask in-person volunteers to commit to at least three hours per week. Here are some of the roles that on-site volunteers enjoy:
- Visit one-on-one with patients - you can play games, do art projects, listen to music, walk outside, or just sit quietly together
- Help with FaceTime and Zoom calls with family members and in-person family visitation
- Provide support for the occupational therapy team
- Lead or assist with small group activities, including music, art, reading stories aloud, and holiday celebrations
- Work individually with patients during mealtimes to assist with feeding
- Support resident services teams at senior living communities
- Provide face-to-face tech support, helping residents learn to use devices that keep them connected with friends and family
Virtual Volunteering With Seniors
Virtual volunteers play a meaningful role in helping patients and residents learn and engage. We can work creatively to match your skills and interests with the needs of our communities. Virtual volunteer opportunities can be one-time or on an ongoing basis. Some virtual volunteer roles include:
- Lead small group chats and discussion groups. Groups may be facilitated by a virtual volunteer with support from an on-site volunteer or staff member.
- Students and adults can share a virtual concert or performance or lead an interactive music session.
- Young people can host a virtual “meet the athlete” session to share their accomplishments and passion - for example, a figure skater held a virtual performance and discussion.
- Do you enjoy baking? Host a remote baking demonstration to share your favorite tips!
- Virtual volunteers can lead discussions about travel, history, current events, books, or any other topic that you’re interested in.
How to Start Volunteering
The best way to explore volunteer opportunities at Hebrew SeniorLife is by filling out an application. This doesn’t obligate you to volunteer, it just gives us a little more information about your interests so we can start the conversation and find the right opportunity for you. Once you’ve completed the online application, a member of our Volunteer, Youth, and Community Engagement team will be in touch with you.
Do you still have questions? We’d love to talk with you! Contact us today.