Home Care Partners

Home Care Partners (homecarepartners.org) provides in-home services to more than 1,000 low-income seniors and adults with disabilities, supports family caregivers and offers caregiver education. The organization also provides continuing education to home care aides and partners with the D.C. Department of Aging and Community Living to provide seniors with home modifications to reduce fall risks and barriers to mobility.

Headquartered: Washington, D.C.

Serves: Metro region

What a donation buys:

• $50 covers a shower chair to help a senior age in place with dignity.
• $250 supplies weekend respite aide service to give a family caregiver a much-needed break.
• $1,500 provides a week of aide service to help 25 older adults remain safely in their homes.

Volunteer opportunities:

• Long term: Serve as a marketing or development coordinator.
• Internships

Jewish Council for the Aging

Jewish Council for the Aging (accessjca.org) builds caring connections, empowers independence and offers solutions to help older adults, their families and the wider community thrive. Programs of the JCA’s Heyman Interages Center have brought children and older adults together for 30 years, building bridges and shattering stereotypes.

Headquartered: Rockville

Serves: Montgomery, Frederick and Prince George’s counties, and Fairfax and Arlington counties in Virginia

What a donation buys:

• $60 funds reading materials for mentoring and tutoring programs.
• $150 supplies an intergenerational reading/literacy corner.
• $750 provides tutoring or mentoring help for an at-risk child for a whole school year.

Volunteer opportunities:

• Ongoing: Tutor, lead a book discussion or participate in intergenerational dialogue.

Silver Spring Village

Silver Spring Village (silverspringvillage.org) harnesses the power of volunteerism to support older adults who wish to remain in their homes and communities of choice as they age, and reduces social isolation by keeping members physically, creatively and intellectually engaged. Trained volunteers provide more that 2,900 services annually—transportation, friendly visits and phone calls, in-home tasks, errands, decluttering, storm buddies, technology training and more. The organization’s annual calendar offers over 600 events that attract more than 5,500 attendees.

Headquartered: Silver Spring

Serves: Silver Spring area

What a donation buys:

• $400 provides birthday cards and ice cream socials for older adults at risk of isolation.
• $1,000 underwrites a year of membership for four older adults with very low income.
• $2,500 provides professional training and support that unleashes more than $4,000 worth of volunteer labor.

Volunteer opportunities:

• One time: Offer rides to appointments, be a technology coach or make friendly visits/calls.
• Ongoing: Organize a monthly speaker series.