COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities
During these unprecedented times, we are calling on our local communities to support one another, as we transition to a new way of life for the foreseeable future.
Benjamin Rose is responding quickly by taking action to combat the potentially devastating impacts of COVID-19 on older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers in our community.
Volunteer Description - Part 2
For over 110 years, we have responded to our changing environment and we will continue to evolve to ensure we meet the needs of older adults and their families during this worldwide pandemic.
You can make a difference—please volunteer today!
Some urgent volunteer opportunities include:
- Wellness phone calls
- Delivery of groceries and other essentials
- Assistance with home-delivery of meals
Volunteer opportunities at our Rose Centers for Aging Well, and as a part of our Senior Companion Program are currently suspended at this time.
Are you looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of older adults in the Cleveland community? Do you enjoy talking on the telephone? Consider becoming a Nutrition Solution volunteer!
Volunteers assist homebound older adults who have recently been discharged from the hospital by setting up weekly phone calls to address issues of food insecurity and social isolation.
As a nutrition solution volunteer, you will:
- Make at least one assigned phone call weekly to an older adult lasting approximately 20 minutes
- Review monthly nutrition education information with the older adult during phone call
- Communicate with the Nutrition Solution Volunteer Coordinator to discuss changes in health status of older adult
- Submit a weekly call log to the Nutrition Solution Volunteer Coordinator
To become a Nutritional Solution volunteer, you must:
- Commit to participating in the program for a minimum of 6 months
- Be available 30 minutes per week at the time of your choice (20-minute phone call from a location of your choosing; 10-minute documentation of call)
- Have strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
- Be an active listener
- Maintain personal boundaries
- Be friendly, reliable and trustworthy
- Pass a FBI Background Check
All Nutrition Solution volunteers receive a two-hour face-to-face training with Nutrition Solution program staff.
To volunteer, fill out the volunteer application or contact email@example.com.
Lisa S. Weitzman, LISW-S
WeCare Administrator and Manager of Business Development
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | (216) 373-1797
Lisa S. Weitzman is the WeCare Administrator and Manager of Business Development. She oversees the development of strategic partnerships to drive the delivery of BRI Care Consultation™, known as WeCare...Because You Do to clients and contracting organizations, through Eldercare Services Institute, LLC (ESI). As a BRI Care Consultation™ Master Trainer, she also supervises the Care Consultants working directly for ESI. Weitzman joined Benjamin Rose in 2018 as a BRI Care Consultation Care Consultant and Assistant Master Trainer.
Weitzman has devoted her social work career to working with marginalized, vulnerable populations. Her early experience focused on individuals with chemical addictions and mental health diagnoses discharging from prison. Among her other community-based involvement, she spearheaded the renovation of the Marion-Sterling Elementary School Library, a school within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Prior to joining Benjamin Rose, Weitzman worked for Jewish Family Service Association as a direct practice social worker with low-income older adults, providing counseling, case management and advocacy on their behalf. She also has a special passion for social justice and the social determinants of health as they pertain to older adults aging well in the community.
Prior to launching her social work career, Weitzman worked for the United States Department of State, Embassy Moscow, the Export-Import Bank and several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations whose mission centered on improved relations with the then-Soviet Union.
Weitzman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a concentration in American Foreign Policy from Yale University, a master’s degree in Soviet Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Master of Science degree in social administration from Case Western Reserve University. She currently holds an LISW-S license. Weitzman completed Leadership Geauga in 2001 and also holds a Dementia Care Specialist certification.
Weitzman currently serves on the founding board of Courage to Caregivers, on the board of Dancing Classrooms of Northeast Ohio and as an active member on the Council on Older Persons and the Cleveland Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Community and Supportive Services Committee. She previously served on the board of the Women’s Center at Case Western Reserve University and as President of the Board of Trustees of the Geauga County Library.
Center Director, Gunning Park Rose Center
Contact: RCAW@benrose.org | (216) 373-1706
Ashley Langford is the Center Director of the Gunning Park Rose Center for Aging Well and joined Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in July, 2017. She is responsible for planning, development and supervision of day to day activities at the Center, and oversees programming and services, the nutrition program and transportation services. Langford embraces team work, and prides herself on working collaboratively with her staff to make the Center a welcoming community.
Langford’s experience prior to joining Benjamin Rose was in alcohol and drug rehabilitation. While in graduate school, she worked as a counselor’s assistant in a rehabilitation facility helping people recover from substance abuse. Once she moved back to Cleveland, Langford worked in alcohol and drug prevention and education.
Langford earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Toledo and a master’s degree in public health from The University of Toledo. Her primary focus was in health promotion and education, specifically in the geriatric population.
In addition to Langford’s current role as Center Director, she also leads the Benjamin Rose Young Professionals committee, and coordinates volunteers for the Nutrition Solution project.