I work on the Women Helping Women Services Counseling Talkline funded entirely by NCJW. It is a free community service where we talke to callers for up to one hour or more if necessary about their problems with work, child rearing, domestic violence, suicidal thoughts, financial problems, homelessness, etc. To my knowledge they are one of the few organizations that spend unlimited time on the phone with a caller and also have virtually free unlimited one on one in person counseling with trained and licensed social workers. They also have extensive counseling groups in schools, shelters and agencies where these services are needed. Women Helping Children services are also very responsive to children's needs and their Advocacy programs are outstanding.
NCJW LA makes such a difference in Los Angeles. They provide vital time and support to children in need helping them with their homework and practicing art and reading. When LA is closing it's school libraries, NCJW is still there supporting the children and making a difference. I have never seen an organization as involved with the school system.
It has been both satisfying and frustrating working to advance the wonderful programs of NCJW/LA -- satisfying because often, I can see how my effort will benefit a woman and/or a child. The benefit may be small but it is there. For example, preparing food packages for the elderly homebound; reading to a child at an elementary school library (which library would otherwise be non-functioning without NCJW/LA volunteer support); tutoring a 3rd grader struggling with her arithmetic. What is frustrating is that so many families are so underserved by a City that is patently failing them.
I have been an NCJW/LA member and have volunteered in the Alexandria House after-school program for over 6 years. Now I'm also involved in many other NCJW/LA programs. In short, NCJW/LA has created well-thought-out, compassionate, beautifully run programs for women, children and families that understand and respond directly and immediately to the community's needs. I'm proud to be part of this organization.
I have been on NCJW/LA talk line as a volunteer for many years along with our scholarship program for giving women a chance and opportunity to further their education. I can say that since I have become involved with NCJW/LA I have fulfillment in my life in making a difference.
I volunteer for Artpals, a program that teaches lessons on contemporary art to 3rd & 4th graders in the San Fernando Valley. NCJW has generously supported this fantastic program for many years. Without NCJW many children would not have the experience of learning about & participating in the world of contemporary art. We teach them how to analyze a work of art, along with the accompanying vocabulary. Each lesson includes a participatory project. I have done this for 7 years but the program is approximately 20 years old. I am grateful to NCJW for supporting us.
NCJW supports Artpals, a program that teaches 3rd graders in the San Fernando Valley about contemporary art. I've worked with this program for about 6 years and it is fantastic! Through interactive lectures, visuals, & hands-on projects, children learn to analyze & understand how & why artists make their work. They get to see & experience art that they would not be exposed to otherwise. They also experience a field trip to a museum. Artpals volunteers help & support the children in their learning & the children love the program!
I participate in an NCHW/LA program called "Art Pals" Each week, our team of 5 women teach basic concepts of contemporary art to 3rd grade classes of disadvantaged children in Los Angeles. We use descriptive vocabulary, books, slides and hands-on projects to introduce our students to a new world of line, color, shape, texture and mood. The culmination of our program is a field trip to a local gallery or art museum where our students can experience the work of nationally known artists. NCJW/LA provides all materials and transportation for this program.
As a committed feminist and a liberal Jew, I find NCJW to be an amazing organization. I am impressed with their community oriented outlook, caring about women and children issues in the community at large, the world actually. From delivering cloths to needy before Christmas, advocacy and support on a daily basis for people and caring so much about the political and social environment in which we live. NCJW has bright and dedicated women. staff and volunteers who want to improve life and options for women and bring change into our society, and their "newer" preparation of a women conference is indeed to be lauded.
I am a reader at an elementary school, I read books to first graders every Monday and help them in the library. The idea is to foster interest in reading at an early age.
This experience has been priceless. The kids are bright, engaging, adorable and very original thinkers. They seem to have a lot of support from the school/their teachers even though the school is not wealthy and the class sizes are medium to large-ish.
It has been a overwhelmingly fulfilling to get to know these kids for one hour once a week. When you see them engaged in a story, practically holding their breath to hear what will happen next, it's a powerful, positive and hopeful experience. No one has told them that no one reads books anymore!
Besides listening to the stories, I encourage the kids to interact: we talk about the choices for the characters in the book, and what they think might happen, etc. These interactions are phenomenal, as the kids display such lively and unique imaginations.
The opportunity to volunteer in this way has changed my life. I am even exploring ways to get more involved.
The NCJW has done a tremendous job of organizing this program. They are always available, they notify you of any changes in a timely manner and they even make the effort to thank all the volunteers with a luncheon. I feel as though I should be thanking them!
I volunteer in the Alexandria House Teen Center. They provide a safe place for teens to get help with homework, hang out and enjoy enrichment activities. I enjoy helping the students develop an appreciation for art, writing and etiquette. The NCJWLA organization does so many great things for low income families in Los Angeles.
I volunteer with NCJW because they are doing some of the most amazing work in our community. They have so many programs that are helping women and children in Los Angeles and I feel like they are able to organize volunteers so that we can effectively serve our community.
I tutor adolescent girls at a community funded alternative school one day a week and it is always one of the highlights of my week! I would never have even known about this wonderful program or that I could help without the NCJW. I'm proud to be part of a great team doing awesome work in our community!
I became a volunteer for NCJW/LA this year. It has given me many wonderful experiences. The program is well organized and serves different groups in the community. I recently participated in the Mitzvah night. It has given me the inspiration to form a women's group in my area. I love the interaction of the members and the satisfaction of giving back.
I chose to volunteer on TalkLine because I want to help - by listening and showing others that I care - TalkLine offered invaluable training and athe wonderful supervisors, interns and guest speakers made training fun, unteresting and something I will take with me all my life. NCJW has so many great programs and people working there - I am proud to be a part of it all.
Since 2001 I have worked on a weekly basis with the Alexandria House after school and teen programs through NCJW-LA. Because the children progress through this program from kindergarten all the way through high school graduation, I have had the chance to watch kids grow up---and benefit from the homework help, arts projects, and writing workshops, not to mention field trips. Having known some of the kids for almost ten years, I feel that they are more like my own children rather than just students. I have had teens I’ve known for many years literally tell me “you saved me" or "you changed my life," and I have even had a couple kids call me (years after they left the program), to thank me for supporting them all those years. This is the most rewarding experience I have ever had, and I cannot imagine my life without it. The passion and consistency with which NCJW-LA supports this neighborhood program continually amazes me.
I signed up with the homework club because they are close to my house, but the reward has been so much more. I look forward to every Tuesday and feel like I'm actually making a difference in some of the kids' lives. One student, I feel like I've formed a special bond with. Before homework club, we wasn't completing any of his work. But, this student was clearly intelligent. He wasn't getting any of the attention he so needed. Now, he rushes over to me, we quickly finish his work, and then he has time to talk about whatever is on his mind that week! I can tell he really appreciates the one on one time. It means so much to me.
I chose to volunteer with NCJW because it was close to my house and I'm so glad I did. The staff is fantastic -- they really care about volunteers and clients -- and they have lots of programs to choose from. I really feel like I'm making a difference when I volunteer with them. They allow volunteers to help pilot new programs, which lets us use our strengths and specialties to the utmost extent. Also, they're excellent at communicating with volunteers, and they always express their gratitude for our work. I've volunteered with many different organizations, and I've never felt so at home as I have with NCJW.
Because of NCJW, our ArtPals groups bring art appreciation, art lessons, and art projects to low-income schools. Our ArtPals students don't have access to museums or art classes and are able to express themselves in many mediums, leading to enhanced learning in all facets of their lives. Without the support of NCJW, this program would not be possible.