I met Ari at the ROI summit this summer and Israel, and am so impressed with what JCorps is doing! What a great way to get young adults to build community through volunteering. It is a fantastic idea and a win win for everyone involved. JCorp should be instituted in more cities, and is an excellent model for young Jewish adults to help Tikun Olam.
JCorps is a fine organization that performs valuable community services in numerous locations in the U.S. and other international locales. I have personally seen JCorps brighten a senior's day, bring joy to sick children, and feed the masses of desperately hungry people in New York. Support for JCorps helps build Jewish community and strengthen the often-frayed social fabric between rich and poor, old and young, sick and healthy.
As a volunteer for JCorps, I have had the privilege to devote time in NYC’s children’s hospitals as well as vibrant senior centers. While at the children’s hospital, I spent time with kids suffering from chronic diseases. I was able to do arts & crafts with these children and seniors, listen to many stories, and bring smiles to numerous faces. This organization is out to promote volunteering among young jewish adults who want to make a difference. The founder, Ari Teman, makes volunteering exceptionally easy/fun. He sets up all of the appointments, brings all of the crafts or equipment, recruits the group, and pretty much makes it as fun as possible. Since Ari is also comically talented, he tends to always have jokes up his sleeve and can always bring a positive energy to the group. Within a few months of being part of JCorps, I was also given various responsibilities and leadership opportunities that were difficult to find elsewhere. The thing I like most about the organization is that it gives its members a lot of autonomy – members can create the weekend activity themselves so long as it involves making the lives of others easier. I was pursuing a career in Finance when I decided to begin volunteering with JCorps on weekends. This organization inspired me to make transitions in my life in terms of my occupation so that I could help even more people. I wish this organization continued success, even more volunteers; if possible, and recognition for the impact that they have made on the life of their volunteers and those they serve!
Jcorps is a fantastic organization! Not many groups can help the elderly, hungry and sick children all within the same month… Jcorps does this and a great deal more. Stretching across cities and continents, Jcorps vast network of volunteers serves up meals at soup kitchens one week and keeps senior citizens company the next. The variety of activities and ability to help such a great amount of people truly establishes Jcorps as one of the premier nonprofits that exists today!
JCorps is amazing! I volunteer with them every month and I love meeting the new people and it feels real good to make a difference. I've gotten to feed hungry people, visit seniors and hear their war stories and kick some butt in bingo, and help clear lots of park area so kids in NYC have a place to run around. I love meeting the volunteers, and I've made some good friends and even a few job interviews from it. I recommend it all the time to my friends, and anyone who wants to feel good about making a difference and meeting awesome people.