Volunteer


Join our team of incredible volunteers!

Our 1,300 volunteers help make Greater DC a great place to age.

Whether they are on the front lines or behind the scenes, volunteers are an essential part of the JCA team.

Volunteers serve as officers and directors of the JCA Board. They mentor children who are struggling in school, help at the Kensington Clubs, serve as computer-savvy data specialists for the Senior HelpLine, and help staff our 50+ Employment Expos.

In addition, many men and women of all ages work as “special agents,” donating their time and expertise to write articles for publication, take photographs, conduct workshops on aging topics, and do much more. We also welcome college interns.


Volunteer Opportunities

JCA Career Gateway

A job-search training program for individuals 50+ is looking for fabulous volunteers who can either be a mentor to our CG graduates or a resume reviewer for our job seeking participants.

Contact: 301-255-4215 or career.gateway@accessjca.org.

JCA Interages® In-School Programs

Intergenerational literacy, math, and mentoring programs which take place in Montgomery County schools are looking for volunteers age 50+ who will work with an assigned child or small group to increase their literacy or math skills, foster a love of learning, and develop a supportive relationship.

Contact: 301-949-3551 or interages@accessjca.org.

JCA State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

SHIP seeks volunteers interested in helping Montgomery County seniors and individuals with disabilities (and their family members and caregivers) understand Medicare health insurance plans and learn about programs that may help them cover their medical costs.

Our Outreach ambassadors help prepare for and conduct presentations, offer information at health expos, and engage with people in communities. Our Medicare Counselors receive technical training enabling them to answer questions on Medicare plans, claims and appeals, extra help programs, and plan analysis tailored to clients’ circumstances.

Contact: 301-255-4250 or ship@accessjca.org.

JCA Senior Helpline

Senior Helpline provides adults 50+ with confidential information and referral services. Trained volunteers identify callers’ needs and provide referrals for various resources, including, but not limited to, housing, home care, food, and legal issues. Volunteers educate the callers on how to advocate for themselves and their families by providing important questions to ask when acquiring services. Volunteers may also update and organize traditional files and computer database files for Senior HelpLine and Home Care Resource Center. Volunteers must have good computer skills and good communication skills in reading, writing, and speaking English.

Contact: 240-290-3311 or 703-652-1515 or SeniorHelpLine@AccessJCA.org.

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 are providing support in local elementary schools and other host sites throughout Mongetomry 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 $3.15/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

JCA Interages® REAL (Reading & Educating to Advance Lives)

An intergenerational literacy and healthy lifestyle program is looking for volunteers age 50+ to engage in activities with children and their families in the waiting rooms of the Department of Health and Human Services Offices in several Montgomery County locations.

Contact: 301-949-3551 or interages@accessjca.org.


JCA Board Member

Our Directors and Officers are volunteers too! Each is a JCA ambassador, donor, planner, and decision-maker. Typically, Board Members begin their terms of service in the fall, but JCA collects candidate bios year-round.

Contact: Shane Rock, CEO at 301-255-4257 or email srock@accessJCA.org.


For More Information

Phone: 301-255-4200 or 703-425-0999

Email: Volunteer@accessjca.org