Volume 9 | July 15, 2020
The Heyman Interages ® Center is a program
of JCA® - Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington.
Staying in Touch

Hello JCA Interages Volunteers,

The saying goes, "necessity is the mother of all invention." During this time of change, we have looked to alternatives and solutions. Volunteering has taken innovative directions, including virtual volunteering.

Not only is virtual volunteering an answer to our social distance, it brings its own benefits.

Virtual volunteering is flexible and less time-intensive. So many people want to volunteer and intend to volunteer but, under normal circumstances busy schedules and family obligations can take up one's time. Now, virtual volunteering offers flexibility. No need to travel to volunteer. One can do so from home.

Virtual volunteering is also accessible regardless of one's abilities. There is no barrier for someone who may have difficulty walking or driving. It empowers a wider group of volunteers.

Do you have an experience as a virtual volunteer? We would love to hear from you. Please contact Indira Dingledine at idingledine@accessjca.org.

Watch a video of Kay Klass speak to her experience as an Interages volunteer and virtual volunteering. Click Here

For a number of years, Kay Klass has been an Interages volunteer. Most recently, she provided virtual math tutoring for a 7th grader of the Neelsville Middle School in Gaithersburg. For the program, The Heyman Interages Center partnered with the organization IDENTITY that serves Latino students.

IDENTITY provided Zoom training to our volunteers and accessible math assignments. For 5 weeks, our volunteers virtually tutored the students.

We thank you Kay!
Kay Klass
 Interages Volunteer
Interages Volunteer Opportunities!

We are excited to let you know about a new, exciting opportunity to support adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). The Heyman Interages Center is now partnering with SEEC. SEEC respects and assists people with developmental disabilities as they direct their lives towards work, relationships, recreation, and personal development.

Interages volunteers can help by:
  • Co-Facilitating virtual Hangouts in which SEEC staff members and participants discuss a variety of topics.
  • Speaking about one's own job experience with a small group of adults with IDD
  • Being on a panel of mock interviewers interviewing participants, then highlight strengths and areas of improvement

Volunteers are needed for a weekly or bi-weekly participation for one month or more.
For more information contact: psolomon@accessjca.org

  • Please take a moment to fill in this brief online Volunteer Interest Update survey. Click Here This will help us find a good Interages programming fit. Thank you!!

  • The Heyman Interages Center will be offering to volunteers learning opportunities in a variety of areas including technology, as well as best practices tutoring and reading with children. We would love to learn more about your interests for classes and workshops. Please fill in this related SURVEY.
Coffee Clubs [held twice a month]
Monday, July 20th, 2020 @ 2:00 pm. Register Here .
Meet with Interages staff members via Zoom. We would love to talk with you and learn about your volunteer experience, your ideas for programming, and ideas for partnering organizations.

Let's Be Inspired

Enjoy this beautiful video of thousands of sea turtles. Sea Turtles

Let's Enjoy Nature's Beauty

Featured here is a new coral species found near the Galapagos Islands and an Attacus Atlas, the largest butterflies in the world.
Let's Stay Informed

Operation Warp Speed is a real name for a public-private partnership to speed up the development, testing and manufacture of a COVID-19 vaccine. This White House partnership set its sights on January developments. For more information Click Here

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The Planet Money podcast offers a fascinating history of vaccines. How did we come to use vaccines? Starting 2000 years ago and across the globe, vaccines have benefited society. Listen here

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Good will bridges communities. Montgomery County's Sister City, Xi’an home of the Terra Cotta Warriors, donated 20,000 masks for front line workers. Xi’an is located in China. For the story, Click Here

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi 
Just 4 Fun
Let's Laugh

"I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me." Woody Allen.


"I find television very educating. Every time someone turns it on, I go in the other room and read a book." Groucho Marx

All things Turkish is brought to you on Live Turkey.com . This site offers virtual tours of museums, archeological sites, even Turkish cooking ideas, and so much more. You can almost smell the Turkish coffee through your computer. "


Additionally, there are a number of online art exhibits open regarding Black History, Racism, and Protest. See more in the Smithsonian Magazine here .
Let’s Enjoy!

Are you a sports fan?
Do you love basketball? The WNBA is opening their 2020 season. They are considering playing at one venue, a Walt Disney Resort in Orlando or the I.M.G. Academy in Bradenton, Florida. ESPN will bring the games to you.

How about wrestling? The  WWE  features a lot of content, including prior Wrestlemanias. 

The US Open will be played without the crowd. The game must go on. For more information, click here .

Find updates on all your favorite sports here .


Peruse the stunning galleries of ART BASEL . The galleries, located around the world, showcase contemporary artists among others.

Let's Watch TV

The King of Staten Island: Accessible on demand on these channels.
A semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about Pete Davidson growing up in Staten Island, including losing his father during 9/11 and entering the world of stand up comedy. Watch the trailer here.
One ship drives east, and another drives west, 
with the self-same winds that blow. 
’Tis the set of the sails, and not the gales, 
that determine the way she goes. 
Like the winds of the seas are the ways of fate, 
as we voyage along through life. 
’Tis the set of the soul that determines the goal, 
and not the calm nor the strife. 
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox 
For your convenience, past issues of the JCA Interages Connector are available on the JCA Interages website .
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