We Are Looking For Volunteers!

We have a plethora of volunteer experiences available here. We have people visiting one on one with residents within Menorah park, people working with Kosher meals on wheels, and others providing art classes to the public. We are willing to work with you and tailor a volunteer experience you will enjoy and look forward to every week. Please take a look at some of the opportunities we have at this time:

  • Canine Visits - register your well-trained and vaccinated 4-legged friend to join your visits
  • Teach or participate in a class at our Center for Healthy Living
  • Accompany residents on group trips to shopping, restaurants, the casino and more...
  • Bring nursing home residents to and from activities
  • Help with fling and paperwork in our office
  • Suggest a way you might help with your interests and talents

Contact Deborah Ellis, our volunteer coordinator, at x. 256 or ellisd@sjfs.org. She will work with you to create your custom volunteering experience. Community members, families, students of all ages, service and experiential learners, community service workers welcome!

Upcoming Events

Mind AerobicsTM

Contact Ellen Somers, SJFS Assistant Director, to learn about enrolling in these weekly classes. Mind AerobicsTM classes are organized by cognitive level and participants are grouped into classes based on their cognitive function. Each level has 24 one hour sessions over the course of 12 weeks taught by trained Mind AerobicsTM instructors.

Center for Healthy Living/OASIS classes

Register at Syracuse OASIS
o Thursdays, Sept 20-Nov 8, 1:00pm - 2:15pm, “Poetry as Spiritual Practice: An Intergenerational Women’s Experience” (women OASIS members and SU and LeMoyne students) with poet and poetry teacher Gloria Heffernan

o Sundays, 9/30, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16, from 3pm - 5:30pm: “Views on Aging: Through the Movie Lens”, with SJFS Director Judith Huober

o Tuesdays, Oct. 9-Nov. 13, from 2:30pm - 3:30pm, “Zen and the Art of Graceful Aging” with Peg Miller, LMSW

o Tuesdays, Oct. 9-Nov. 20 (no class Oct. 16), from 10am - 11:30am, “Lifelong Brain Health” with Ellen Somers, LMHC

M-Power U Now Enrolling for Arts and Minds Community

M-Power U — A Learning Community for Early Memory Loss: We are now  enrolling participants for a new section called An Arts and Minds Community on Fridays starting February 16 from 11:30am to 3:30pm at Menorah Park. Contact SJFS Assistant Director Ellen Somers at x. 225 to make an appointment for screening and information!

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