Reaching out and touching somebody’s hand, as the golden oldies hit song goes, has an important impact on our overall wellbeing as we age. Studies continually show that as social isolation increases, health, both physical and mental, decreases. Statistics Canada reports that 1.4 million Canadian seniors feel lonely and many seniors do not have anyone checking in on them or someone to call when they need help. “Winter can be an isolating time of year for many,” says Pauline Grunberg‚ Cummings Centre Executive Director. “We all need to make that extra effort, pushing ourselves to try something new and make new friends.”
Volunteering at the Cummings Centre
Pearl Elman has been volunteering at the Centre since moving back from Vancouver four years ago. She works with the team of professionals at the Foundation tirelessly raising funds for continued programming to serve the needs of Montreal’s 50 plus community. “I am at the Centre almost every day and I see first hand how everyone is made to feel welcome and the difference participating in the courses and programs makes for younger and older seniors and those requiring a helping hand.” Indeed, the many flexible volunteering possibilities add to a person’s feeling of self-worth, forging friendships and creating new connections. “I am so grateful for Cummings and the many opportunities available to me to feel fulfilled, be productive and give back to the community,” says Pearl.
The atmosphere at the Centre
Murray Shostak, Woodshop participant, appreciates the camaraderie amongst fellow artisans, “we help each other and build upon creative ideas over coffee.”
A vibrant, multicultural and multilingual Jewish organization for the 50-plus community, Cummings Centre prides itself in its welcoming of people from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Members are able to participate in a myriad of activities, learning new skills and keeping active in mind and body.
Programming at the Cummings Centre
Original programming at the Centre ranges from taking advantage of our winter wonderland participating in the Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoeing club; belting it out in the Rock ‘n’ Soul choir; learning the basics of acrylic painting or picking up the Ukulele — there is truly something for everyone at Cummings. Stay close to home at one of our satellite centers located in the West Island‚ Chomedey, Westmount, Côte-St-Luc and Florida for our snowbirds.
“Our Winter programming is designed to keep our members engaged and encourage social connections,” says Annette Oliel, Cummings Centre President. “It is really about getting out of the house and socializing with others.”
Come in from the cold where a warm welcome awaits you. Try something new‚ volunteer or register for your favourite course. Call 514.343.3510 or visit us online at cummingscentre.org for easy on-line registration or come in for a tour and register in-person at our Westbury campus.
The Cummings Centre’s mission is to empower and enhance the quality of life of adults age 50 and over by providing dynamic and innovative programs, social services, and volunteer opportunities in a vibrant, respectful, inclusive and compassionate environment. Building on its Jewish heritage, Cummings embraces people from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
As the hub of Montreal’s 50+ community, the Centre touches the lives of 10,000 people on an annual basis. In addition to its main campus at 5700 Westbury Avenue in Montreal, programs are offered at several off-site locations including the West Island, Cote Saint-Luc, St.Laurent, Westmount, Chomedey and Florida.
For more information, please contact us by phone at 514-343-3510, online at www.cummingscentre.org or in person at 5700 Westbury Avenue.