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.
Thank you for volunteering with us!
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 . Additional opportunities are listed below the tables.
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.
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.
Dialogues Across the Ages
These Dialogues circles are designed to foster mutual understanding and respect across the generations. Many curated topics are discussed.
Linkages to Learning
Read Across America
Volunteer to read with children in this nationwide event. In partnership with the Montgomery County Public Libraries.
Saturday, March 2, 2024
Sunday, March 3, 2024
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Science of Reading
Decoding by Grade Level
Understanding School Literacy Testing
Assessments You Can Use
Obstacles and Solutions
Warm-up Exercises by Grade Level
Gathering data to inform instruction
3rd – 5th grade Intermediate Reading Skills
Science of Reading (Shift to Structured Literacy from Balanced Literacy)