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National Volunteer Week Recap

Posted: April 30, 2017

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 23-April 29), we profiled JCHE volunteers who play a critical role in helping JCHE foster vibrant communities that allow seniors to live a full life of connection and purpose in a dynamic, supportive environment.

JCHE hosts a volunteer training on the first Monday of every month. If you have interest, talent, skills, and time to share, we'd love to see you at one of these training sessions, where you will discover how you can enrich your own life while touching the lives of others.

RSVP to Kate White at To see the diverse volunteer opportunities we offer, click here


April 28

Russian speaking residents joined Boston University students enrolled in "Russian in Boston"--a new course that challenges students to immerse in Boston's Russian culture--for the Russian Department's end of year celebration!

Over the last month, students and JCHE residents met weekly over tea and talked (in Russian, of course!) about their lives and experiences. The students made a video of these get-togethers, which we will be showing at our Brighton Campus in May.

At the party, the students recited poetry by Boris Pasternak and Alexander Pushkin, and showed residents some of their other student project videos.

We look forward to working with BU's Russian Department in the future!

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April 27

Tufts Health Plan hosted JCHE at the annual Tufts Health Plan volunteer fair. We are thrilled to partner with an organization that places such a big emphasis on community service. We look forward to hosting Tufts Health Plan for their company-wide service day on June 20th at our Coleman House in Newton and our Shillman House in Framingham. 

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April 26

As part of our "Generations Together" program and commitment to expanding our volunteer network, students studying Mandarin Chinese at Weston's Rivers high school visited our Mandarin-speaking Brighton residents to help make dumplings, while practicing their Mandarin skills!

We host these get-togethers approximately every six weeks, and they're incredibly valuable for students and residents alike.

Students benefit from practicing conversational Mandarin with native speakers, and our residents derive joy and fulfillment from mentoring students who are interested in their language and culture.

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April 25

For 17 years, Sofya Raskina has taught English grammar to JCHE residents at our Brighton campus. And for the past 10 years, she has taught U.S. history to residents preparing to take their U.S. citizenship test.

Her wonderful volunteer work is all the more impressive when you consider that when she immigrated to the U.S. from Belarus, Sofya didn't speak any English and knew virtually nothing about U.S history.

Exemplifying the determination that defines the immigrant experience, Sofya resolved to become proficient in English. While studying English at Bunker Hill Community College, she developed a passion for U.S. history and soon became a history buff!

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April 24

Over the last four years, JCHE volunteer Carol has hosted a Current Events Club every week at our Shillman House in Framingham and at our Coleman House in Newton. Engaging residents in lively conversations about the latest news, Carol brings energy and enthusiasm to each session that our residents truly appreciate. 

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