Residents of Charles E. Smith Life Communities enjoy maintaining a connection to young people, and to this end we welcome and encourage students to play an active role on our campus—during the school year or during summer break. Student volunteers, on their own or as part of a group, serve in various capacities, from helping at special events, e.g., the Home Run race each fall, to providing companionship to a senior.
One enterprising volunteer, Jennifer Chen, pictured, organized the Adopt-A-Grandparent Program several years ago after noticing how positively residents responded to her visits. She continues these visits, and has encouraged her friends to join her. Here's her write-up:
The Adopt-a-Grandparent Program is a student-run volunteer project that connects teenage volunteers with lonely elderly residents of Charles E. Smith Life Communities. Volunteers are encouraged to develop a more intimate relationship with selected residents, visiting every week and during holidays. It’s kind of like adopting a grandparent! If you would like to take part in this project, please contact Monica Mayer or 301.770.8333.
You can join the volunteer team to fulfill community service requirements for your school, or you may commit to a particular project, for example as part of a Bar/Bat Mitzvahs celebration. Volunteering can also be a great way to explore career options in such fields as medicine, occupational or physical therapy, social work, or recreation.
Junior volunteers can do virtually anything adult volunteers do, except drive residents. The possibilities are limitless. Please note that volunteers younger than 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult or parent.
Prospective volunteers can download a Volunteer Packet. It contains application instructions, forms, and essential materials. Please be patient while this downloads.
Email the Volunteer Department or call us at 301.770.8333 to learn more about becoming a student volunteer.
The Harold and Shirley Robinson H²YP Youth Philanthropy Program
H²YP, the Hebrew Home's successful youth philanthropy program, begins its eighth season in January, 2017. This program enables teens to play an active role as philanthropists and as decision-makers for grants to benefit campus residents. The group functions as a foundation board, reviewing proposals from different departments on our campus, asking pertinent questions, and voting on which programs to fund. An application and more information will be available in the fall. Read more. »