Interages Volunteer Portal


Welcome, Interages Volunteers!

Below, you will find a running list of volunteer opportunities. You are required to complete the screening and training processes and your background check before signing up for a volunteer slot. If you don’t see a program that fits your schedule, please let Indira Dingledine know. We are always working on new offerings.

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We are pleased to report that the Interages volunteer corps has grown. We are implementing a new placement process to accommodate new volunteers into the programming. We have many exciting and fulfilling volunteer opportunities for you to choose from.  This new process gives volunteers more time to view opportunities.

Please let Indira Dingledine know which programs interest you. Contact Idingledine@accessjca.org or (301) 255 4239. We suggest that you check back periodically. We update this portal year-round. Programs listed in the tables below that have been finalized are highlighted in yellow light yellow rectangle . Additional opportunities are listed below the tables.

School Programs

Grandreaders

Volunteers are paired with a second or third grader and read with them, working on the child’s literacy. This takes place at school. Please note: areas in the school where the activity happens vary depending on each school’s available resources.

School Location Day of the week Time Notes
Greencastle Elementary School 13611 Robey Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20904 Tuesdays 2:45-3:15 pm May or June end
Spark Matsunaga Elementary School 13902 Bromfield Rd, Germantown, MD 20874 Wednesdays 3:00 – 3:30 pm Through May 7, 2024
Wheaton Woods Elementary School 4510 Faroe Pl, Rockville, MD 20853 Tuesdays 3:00 – 3:45 pm 2nd graders
Through May 7, 2024

 

Readers Theater

Reader’s theater is a style of theater in which the readers gather in small groups to convey stories using vocal expression to help the audience understand it. Reader’s theater increases reading comprehension and reading motivation and helps develop fluency through repeated exposure to text.

School Location Day of the week Time Notes
Glen Haven Elementary School 10900 Inwood Ave, Wheaton-Glenmont, MD 20902 Wednesdays 2:20 – 2:50 pm With 3rd graders. Dates:
1/24: orientation at 2:00 pm in the school
regular sessions: 1/24,
1/31, 2/7
2/14: final rehearsal
2/21 last session and performance to kindergartners
Harmony Hills Elementary School 13407 Lydia St, Silver Spring, MD 20906 Thursdays 12:45 – 1:15 pm 5th graders
1/11 to 3/7, 4/4 to 6/6 (no group 5/23) Sign up for either session or both.

 

Dialogues Across the Ages

These Dialogues circles are designed to foster mutual understanding and respect across the generations. Many curated topics are discussed.

School Location Day of the week Time Notes
Redland Middle School – Fall ’23 6505 Muncaster Mill Rd, Derwood, MD 20855 TBD TBD Winter 2024
Gaithersburg Middle School- Dialogues Special Education 2 Teachers’ Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Thursdays 2:15 – 3:00 pm Thursday, Jan. 4. 2:15-3 pm. 2-3 teachers will be involved.
Blair High School- Conversations and Career Discussions Fall 23 51 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901 Every other Friday 11 am – 12 pm With Bliss Ambassador Students. Starting mid November. Dates:

  • November 17th (start)
  • December 1st
  • December 15th
  • January 12th
  • January 26th
  • February 9th
  • February 23rd (end)

 

Before-School and Afterschool Programs

Bridges Program

School Location Day of the Week Time Notes
Daly Elementary School 20301 Brandermill Dr, Germantown, MD 20876 Wednesdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Academic year long program. Relationship building activities and language strengthening. Students first language is Spanish and French, etc. Volunteers do not need to know a second language.

 

Linkages to Learning

School Location Day of the Week Time Notes
Maryvale Elementary School 1010 1st St.
Rockville, MD 20876
TBD 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Enrichment programs with students K – 5. Volunteers choose with which grade they want to volunteer with. 1 to 1 or 2 to 1 with teacher guidance.

 

Read Across America logoRead Across America

Volunteer to read with children in this nationwide event. In partnership with the Montgomery County Public Libraries.

Saturday, March 2, 2024

  • White Oak Library | 1- 3 pm | 11701 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20904
  • Wheatonm Library | 3- 5 pm | 11701 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Sunday, March 3, 2024

  • Gaithersburg Library | 1- 3 pm | 18330 Montgomery Village Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

 

Art/Music/Movement

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The JCA Heyman Interages Center is looking for two adult volunteers to join us this winter for an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program called Opening Minds Through Art (OMA). Volunteers will work alongside JCA staff to support our second OMA intergenerational program.

High school and college students will partner with JCA’s Kensington Club members (older adults with early stages of memory loss) as they create abstract art projects that engage the mind and break through cognitive barriers. OMA is a failure-free program designed to provide older adults with opportunities for creative self-expression and social engagement.

Adult volunteers are needed to serve art supplies, provide artistic choices to the intergenerational pairings, and help with set-up and clean-up. When students are absent, the adult volunteers are matched with Kensington Club members to support the art-making.

The following eight dates, led by trained OMA facilitators, will be held at the JCA in Rockville, and are required to participate.

  • Friday, January 19, 9 am – 12 pm | Volunteer training
  • Six Fridays, January 26 – March 1, 9:45 am – 12:15 pm | OMA art classes
  • Friday, March 8, 10:00 am -12:00 pm | Art Show

SHARE

Interages is looking for volunteers to support our SHARE (Students Help and Reach Elders) program on Thursdays at either Sunrise of Rockville (every other week from 10 AM – 11:15 AM) or Kensington Park Senior Living (weekly from 3 PM – 4:20 PM). Volunteers will help Interages staff distribute materials and support the intergenerational connections between students and residents.

AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program

The AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) provides social and academic support to elementary children to promote school readiness. Foster Grandparents work one-on-one with children in their classrooms at least 20 hours a week for an entire school year. Among other activities, Foster Grandparents provide and reinforce values to children in a smaller classroom group. At the moment, Foster Grandparents will provide support in local elementary schools and other host sites throughout Montgomery County.

Requirements:

  • you are at least 55 years of age
  • you are either a U.S. citizen or a green card holder
  • you are at or below 400% income level which is $54,360/yr per single adult. Those who meet certain income guidelines receive a stipend of $4.00/hour
  • you can commit to at least 20 hours per week for a full school year of volunteering

All FGP volunteers receive training, accident and liability insurance, meals on duty, and transportation reimbursement.

Contact: 301-225-4238 or amorris@AccessJCA.org for more information.

You can apply to the Foster Grandparent Program online or by printing and completing the form linked below.


Monthly Reading Tutor Training Series

We hope you will join us on Zoom for our monthly Reading Tutor Training series. We are so grateful to presenter Megan Bainbridge, Reading Specialist of Captain James E. Daly Elementary School, who is providing the sessions. Each session focuses on a different Reading Tutor Training topic and lasts about an hour. Pre-registration online is required.

Please note, these sessions are providing broad tips and are not intended to be certification-level training.

Recorded Sessions

 

Science of ReadingSeptember 2023
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Science of Reading

 

Science of Reading - Decoding by Grade LevelOctober 2023
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Decoding by Grade Level

 

FluencyNovember 2023
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Fluency

 

Alphabet ArcDecember 2023
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Literacy Resources

 

Assessments in MCPS

May 2023
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Understanding School Literacy Testing

 

Assessments you can useApril 2023
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Assessments You Can Use

Obstacles and SolutionsMarch 2023
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Obstacles and Solutions

 

warmup exercisesFebruary 2023
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Warm-up Exercises by Grade Level

 

Phonemic Awareness

January 2023
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Gathering data to inform instruction

 

reading exercisesNovember 2022
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3rd – 5th grade Intermediate Reading Skills

 

Science of ReadingOctober 2022
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Decoding

 

Shifts in Literacy InstructionSeptember 2022
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Science of Reading (Shift to Structured Literacy from Balanced Literacy)