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Isaacs Center volunteers representing a broad range of ages, experiences, and backgrounds participate in day-long service projects, monthly events, weekly activities, and even perform essential daily tasks like serving meals to seniors and reading stories to children.

Who can be a volunteer? Professional men and women with spare time and an hunger to help, children and young adults interested in service learning opportunities, and corporate partners seeking to improve the lives of vulnerable New Yorkers, just to name a few! And then, of course, there are our Senior Center Members who provide essential supports to their peers, welcoming new members, hosting activity groups, and reaching out to members in need.

The Isaacs Center could not flourish without this extraordinary support.

Here are ways you can get involved today:

For an hour at our Senior Center

  • Start a Gameclub
  • Help Serve a Lunch Meal or Deliver a Meals on Wheels
  • Lead a Fitness and Health Class
  • Teach Seniors Technology

For an hour at our Youth Center

  • Teach Enrichment Activities – visual and creative arts, drama, dance and music
  • Lead Health and Nutrition Workshops
  • Serve as Homework Helper and Tutor
  • Sponsor a Book Drive

For an hour at our Workforce and Education Program

  • Become a Mentor
  • Lead Life Skills Workshop

Get Involved in Seasonal Project at the Isaacs Center

  • Help to develop our outdoor garden
  • Help to record life histories
  • Plan and host holiday celebrations
  • Sunday Suppers

Make an Investment In Our Organization

  • Help us to upgrade our furnishings
  • Paint, clean, and perform routine maintenance
  • Help us keep our technology current – iPads, Kindles, digital cameras, and video cameras, gaming consoles, projectors/projector screen.

Contact

For more information about volunteering, please contact Gigi Verkaik, gverkaik@isaacscenter.org.

Unique Ways to Make a Difference

Your generous investment will help the Isaacs Center to provide transformative experiences and opportunities to children and their families, young adults, and seniors.

Organizational Needs

  • Upgrade office furniture (desks & chairs) and technology (PCs & laptops)
  • Support of our staff meetings and gatherings throughout the year (refreshments, awards, space and decorations)
  • Volunteer to help paint, clean, and perform routine maintenance throughout the year.
  • Supply Walkie-talkies for staff members to better communicate

Engage with School Age Services and Adolescent Programs

  • Provide new technology and training – iPads, Kindles, digital cameras, and video cameras
  • Donate new exercise and recreation equipment – bikes, balls, board games, uniforms

Support Education and Workforce Development for Young Adults

  • Professional attire for interviews/jobs
  • Internships
  • MetroCards for travel to work and/or school
  • Gift cards (Barnes and Noble, iTunes, etc.)
  • Scholarships for college-bound youth
  • Sponsor the development of a work readiness program focused on food prep/culinary arts

Help Our Senior Services

  • Heavy Duty Folding Hand Carts
  • Carry Hot Thermal Bags and Super Hot Meal Bags
  • Commercial Pots, Pans, Kitchen Utensils, Blender
  • Metal Storage Racks
  • Stainless Steel Utility Cart
  • Three Shelves 33 1/2 W x 21 D x 37H
  • Stanley 300-Amp Car Battery Jump Starter

In addition, the older adults from Isaacs would benefit from:

  • Individual gift cards to Office Max, Duane Reade, PC Richards, Target, and The Container Store
  • New technology – flat screen TV, TV cart, DVD Players, gaming consoles, projector/projector screen, Kindles
  • Movie tickets
  • Birthday gifts
  • Sponsor of the monthly birthday party for seniors ($500/month) includes gifts, DJ, food and decorations.

Service Projects for Groups

Bring a Group to the Isaacs Center to Participate in a Service Project

  • Help us to develop a Permanent Art Gallery and Exhibition Space at the Isaacs Center
  • Help us renovate the Senior Center and Youth Center Libraries at the Isaacs Center
  • Help us maintain our Outdoor Flower Gardens. Help us start an Indoor Garden

Become a Fellow

The Isaacs Center Fellowship is a program for high school students who possess a deep interest in community service. The fellowship is designed to provide practical and engaging learning experiences for high school students. Fellows will be responsible for serving as Special Assistants to Isaacs Center senior leaders for two weeks during the summer. Through this experience fellows will be responsible for planning and facilitating program activity, as well as helping to organize and plan programs for the fall. Fellows will attend panels and lectures by key Isaacs Center staff and other non-profit leaders on Fridays.