Skip Navigation
Trio of laughing older adults in leafy green setting

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) is now 2Life Communities.

Why the name change?

volunteers at Brighton Rock and Roll Dance Party

Volunteer

Become a 2Life volunteer, and make new friends while making a difference. Sharing your passions and talents enriches our residents’ lives, and you’ll get as much as you give.

Volunteers are a critical part of our community spending more than 20,000 hours each year talking to, teaching, and having fun with our residents. You don’t need any special skills, just a friendly attitude and an open mind.

We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities, though not all opportunities are appropriate for children. All first-time volunteers must attend one of our regularly scheduled volunteer orientations. For group volunteer activities, an orientation may be incorporated into the schedule.

Individual Opportunities

  • Friendly Visitor – Meet one-on-one with a resident weekly for one to two hours. Volunteers and residents are matched based on similar interests.
  • Club Host Volunteers host clubs ranging from Meditation to Games and Book Clubs. Share your passion and meet weekly or monthly with a group of residents.
  • Front Desk Greeter – Be our ambassador, greeting residents and guests at our campuses, answering questions, and helping out with packages.
  • ESOL Tutor or Teacher – Many of our residents are interested in beginning or furthering their fluency in English. Tutor one-on-one or teach an English class for speakers of other languages.
  • Cycling Without Age Pilot – Take residents for bicycle rides on our Cycling Without Age trishaw, an electrically assisted pedicab.
  • Workshop or Class Teacher – Teach a one-time workshop or regular class on a topic you and residents share an interest in.
  • Tech Support – More and more residents have smartphones, tablets, and laptops, but they often have questions about how to use them. Volunteer for our weekly Tech Support Clubs to answer questions, teach how to use new apps, and fix minor problems.

Corporate and Group Opportunities

We host one-time and recurring groups of five to thirty volunteers for done-in-a-day projects or activities for residents. Bring your group or team to lend a hand or engage with our residents. Examples of group service projects include painting apartments, building elevated planter beds, and helping with outdoor cleanup. Examples of volunteer-led activities for residents include trivia tournaments, craft or cooking projects, and game-playing.

Special Events

We always need volunteers to help us run recurring and one-time special events, including:

  • Night Out At Home – Set up for, serve residents at, and clean up after this monthly dinner program on the Brighton campus.
  • Dance Parties – Serve refreshments, work the photo booth, chat with residents, and, of course, dance with us!
  • Holiday Celebrations – Decorate and set up, serve refreshments, and join in the festivities with residents. We celebrate Jewish, Chinese, Russian, and many other holidays throughout the year.

Other Opportunities

Not sure if any of these are right for you? Or have a different idea you’d like to explore? We’d love to hear from you! Our Volunteer Program Manager can help you find a volunteer project that’s a perfect match for your skills, interests, and availability.

Become a Volunteer

Contact
Kate White, Volunteer Program Manager
30 Wallingford Road
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 912-8488
volunteer@2lifecommunities.org

Testimonial

My audiences at book reviews and short story readings always give me their intelligent attention. They ask probing questions at the end, and debate one another's observations in a lively and satisfying way.... I come away not only feeling happy to have shared some of my knowledge and insights, but also to have received so much in return.

—Golda Meir House Volunteer