One on One Volunteer Opportunities
I. The Aharon Yaakov Big Brother Program - in memory of Mr. Jacob Kornwasser/ R' Aharon Yaakov Ben R' Eliezer and Ruchi's Kids Big Sister Program.
Volunteers work with clients in our various program developing relationships that are life-enriching. Examples of Big Brother/Big Sister volunteer opportunities include:
Â Â Children and Adolescents at Risk - Be a friend and role model for a child, teen or young adult facing social challenges.
Â Â Foster Care - Provide comfort and friendship to a child placed in an OHEL foster home.
Â Â Children in Preventive Care - Show understanding and help nurture a sense of security amongst children in OHEL's Preventive Care programs
II. Mentoring - Volunteers spend quality time with adults within our Domestic Violence programs and with individuals who have a developmental disability and/or mental illness and reside in an OHEL residence. By accompanying such individuals on outings, providing a shoulder to lean on and just being their friend, volunteers make an immeasurable difference in their lives.
III. Tutoring - Assist children with their homework, helping them realize their potential.
IV. Babysitting - Support families coping with multiple challenges and provide respite.
V. Drivers - Help in the transportation of OHEL children to and from family visits.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
While some individuals prefer one-on-one volunteering, many others prefer the group environment. Examples of group volunteer opportunities at OHEL include:
Â Â High school students visit residences for adults with disabilities and enjoy arts and crafts with them
Â Â Groups of students facilitate sports programs for individuals at OHEL or local high schools
Â Â Groups of students join women with disabilities for exercise and dance programs on a regular basis
Â Â Students engage in weekly learning programs with individuals with disabilities through local schools and community centers.
OHEL Bais Ezra runs a variety of programs for children who have developmental disabilities which provide respite for families while providing fun and structured activities to the child. Programs include Shabbatonim, After School, End of Summer Camps, Sunday Programs, Legal Holiday Trips, Motzai Shabbat Programs. Dynamic and activity enriched programs coupled by a dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers, counselors and staff always ensures an experience like never before.
Share Your Special Occasion with OHEL and Help Others
Many take it upon themselves to include others in their own happy occasion. They show appreciation for what they have in life by giving to those less fortunate.
Bar Mitzvah boys & Bat Mitzvah girls have a unique opportunity to share this momentous time in their lives with those less fortunate - whether donating money/collecting gifts/ items, organizing a joint party with someone less fortunate, or helping to sponsoring an OHEL Bar/Bat mitzvah.
For example, Gabriel wanted to do something special in honor of his Bar Mitzvah and raised over $11, 000 to help pay towards the Bar/Bat Mitzvah of children less fortunate.
Other opportunities could be a Bris, a Birthday, a Graduation, or a Wedding etc
Caregivers Help Line
With training, you will provide valuable support, guidance and referrals for caregivers of senior adults and/or individuals who are disabled.
Whether assisting with OHEL's numerous fundraising events or helping in a variety of administrative functions, there are great opportunity for both an individuals and groups.
There are many drives to get your school or community involved in that would benefit OHEL's families throughout the year. School supplies, toys, paper goods, clothing and supplies for camp are just some examples of items collected which have enhanced the quality of life to those in need.Â
For any inquiries, please call the volunteer department at 718-686-3103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org