Volunteer Opportunities

    JCHE seeks to build connections and community within our walls and in our surrounding communities. We strive to combat loneliness and isolation and make JCHE one of the best places for seniors to age. Volunteers are critical in making this happen. If you have interest, talent, skills, and time to share, come volunteer at JCHE!  Discover how you can enrich your own life while touching the lives of others.

    Contact Kate White at kwhite@jche.org to learn more or to sign up for one of the volunteer opportunities listed below. 

    Individual Volunteer Opportunities

    Front Desk Greeter 

    Front desk greeters are the warm and welcoming people who greet our residents each day, answer resident and guest questions, and help with the mail. Shifts are flexible at multiple sites.

    Friendly Visitor

    Loneliness increases the risk of heart disease by 29% and the risk of a stroke by 32%. Lonely elders are twice as likely to have dementia as those who don’t report being lonely. Loneliness and social isolation can be as harmful to our health as obesity and smoking. Help mitigate that loneliness by becoming a Friendly Visitor and provide connection and companionship to our more isolated seniors.

    ESOL Teacher/Tutors 

    We are looking for some enthusiastic English teachers and tutors for our English for Speakers of Other Languages classes and students. Whether you have lots of experience teaching or you want to try it for the first time, come meet our senior learners! Our Brighton Campus is looking for a few ESOL teachers who can tutor our Chinese and Russian speaking tenants.

    Fitness Class Teacher

    Do you have a passion for fitness? Do you want to practice teaching exercise classes? We are looking for volunteers to support our fitness team in leading classes and supporting the fitness centers. Volunteers must be supportive, dependable nonjudgmental and have a background in fitness. Scheduling is flexible and there are opportunities to volunteer at Golda Meir House in Newton and the Brighton Campus.

    Book Club Leader

    Do you love literature? We are looking for a book club leader to spearhead our Shillman House Book Club. The book club meets monthly to discuss books chosen by the group. Set a time and day of the month that works well for you and meet monthly with residents.

    Games Club Members at Coleman House Fridays, 2pm-3pm

    Come play cards and board games with our Coleman House residents! This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with our seniors.

    Tech Volunteer

    Tech volunteers come in and help our residents with all of their computer, tablet and phone questions. With flexible schedules and opportunities at all four sites, create a schedule that works well for you and volunteer at the site most convenient for you.


    If you own a car, we would love to have you give rides to our residents. Residents often need short rides to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store or places of worship. Volunteer drivers can drive on a flexible basis.

    Ballroom Dancing Club at the Brighton Campus, Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:30pm-8:30pm

    Do you love to dance the Waltz or the Foxtrot? Or maybe you prefer to Swing Dance? We are looking for dancers for our Ballroom Dancing Club at the Brighton Campus. The club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

    Other volunteer opportunities include serving meals in our lunch programs, hosting gardening clubs or teaching arts and crafts classes. If you are interested in any of these positions or volunteering on a recurring basis at JCHE, please come to our volunteer training. We host trainings on the first Monday of each month from 6pm-7pm at our Brighton Campus. To RSVP, email or call Kate White, Volunteer Program Coordinator at kwhite@jche.org or 617-912-8488. If you can’t make it to our Brighton Campus, we host periodic trainings at Shillman House. Email Kate to learn more.

    Special Event Volunteer Opportunities

    Want to volunteer for a one-time event? Sign up for one of our upcoming special events!

    • Summer BBQ, Coleman House
      • Celebrate the summer at Coleman House by serving delicious BBQ to residents. Volunteers will assist residents with mobility issues, chat with residents and help clean up at the end of the evening.
        • August 3rd, 6pm - 8:30pm
    • Disco, Brighton Campus
      • Come dance and enjoy ‘70s disco with our residents. Volunteers will enjoy the event with the residents and clean up at the end of the performance.
        • August 10th,6:30pm-8pm
    • Night Out At Home, Brighton Campus
      • We are looking for volunteers to help set up, serve food and spend time with residents.
        • August 8th, 4:30pm-7pm
        • August 27th,4:30pm-7pm

    Email kwhite@jche.org to sign up! You do not have to attend one of the volunteer trainings to volunteer for one of these events.

    Group Volunteer Opportunities

    Bring your group or team to lend a hand in one of our done-in-a-day projects. This is a great way to practice team building, while engaging with our residents. Some examples of large service day projects are: outdoor clean up; painting walls and murals; art and games activity days for seniors; constructing benches; constructing gardens & planter boxes; and more. We host groups of 5-30 volunteers for 2-5 hours.

    Resale Shop Donation Drive!

    After a several months’ hiatus, we are excited to relaunch the Resale Shop at the Brighton Campus, a destination for residents to donate and buy everything from paintings to tchotchkes to dishware. Because our residents’ average income is just over $16,000, the Resale Shop allows seniors with little disposable income to buy something for almost nothing, reinforcing the strength and vitality of our community, and helping to ensure that all seniors—regardless of income—age with dignity. The shop’s profits are reinvested in JCHE’s programs and services that enrich the lives of our seniors.

    We are collecting items! Here is a list of items suitable for donations:

    • Household tchotchkes (vases, figurines, decorative items, etc)

    • Artwork

    • Jewelry, purses

    • China, dinnerware

    • Kitchen items (utensils, pots and pans, mixing bowls, etc.)

    • Small, furniture items (night stands, side tables, etc.). No upholstered items.

    Contact Kate White to set up a time to drop off your donations. Thank you!


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