Residents of Charles E. Smith Life Communities often enjoy maintaining a connection with school-age kids, 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 an older adult.
You can join the volunteer team to fulfill community service requirements for your school and/or as part of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah 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.
Please note that volunteers younger than 13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult or parent.
Jennifer Chen, left, organized the Adopt-A-Grandparent Program
in 2014 after noticing how positively residents responded to her
The Adopt-a-Grandparent Program is a student-run volunteer project that connects teenage volunteers with older adults who appreciate young visitors. Volunteers are encouraged to spend time on a weekly basis and during holidays with selected residents and develop a meaningful relationship with them.
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 ninth season in January, 2018. 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.Check back!
The Link Generations Program at Ring House
This intergenerational program at Ring House links residents with local middle and high school students. Its goal is to connect young people with older adults in fun activities that benefit all participants. The older participants relate their hard-earned wisdom to the younger generation while the students keep Ring House residents informed about the latest trends in society. The student participants also receive hands-on training about aging and working with older adults. In this way we are creating intergenerational experiences that help people of all ages develop a sense of purpose and connection to others.