“We are et war, fighting for our health, our life, our future. We have our heroes, the doctors, nurses, orderlies. They are working very hard to win this war.

On November 11, 1918 the WWI was over and since then we celebrate our veterans.
Like any other year in the Cummings Center in the 11th month, 11th day, 11th hour we are thinking of our veterans, and the fighting soldiers all over the world. The country called them to put on the uniform and fight for us, to shorten the war, to win the war, to liberate the concentration camps, save lives. With bravery they were fighting, risking theirs, their freedom, their health and their life.

Many of them resting in fields far away, many of them came back injured, crippled physically and mentally. Still, they never regret to become our heroes. Because of them we are blessed with prosperity and freedom. Our strong duty to never forget them and honour them and take care of them. Our generation young and old will honour them and celebrate them each and every year on November 11th at 11am. They fought for us and they died for us.

Forever we will remember our hero veterans.”

– Leslie Vertes, Cummings Centre Volunteer

As part of a new Inter-generational initiative with Herzliah High School, 9 students volunteer are calling 18 seniors on a weekly basis providing seniors with much needed telephone conversation. Joshua Hazan Mea, one of these care callers has formed strong bonds with several seniors and urges his fellow students to do the same.

“My contribution making care calls to Cummings Centre volunteers who are isolated has been a personally enriching experience. In such times of uncertainty and unease, I am calmed by their faith, wiseness and intelligence. I take great pride in the volunteer work that I do – for many, self-isolation can be an extremely difficult and lonely time. I feel greatly comforted knowing that I am improving the lives of individuals in my community. The bonds I have formed through this initiative are unbreakable and transcend the barriers of physical interaction. It is my sincere hope others follow suit by participating in this project and making the difference I know they are capable of achieving.”

– Joshua Hazan Mea, Volunteer

As a volunteer for the last 9 years in the Cummings Center cafeteria I would like to express my sincere thanks to the entire staff for the phone calls and concern to all of us in these trying times.  This being the National Volunteer Week I would like to say that I miss my few days a week serving behind the counter, greeting the patrons and the familiar faces, engaging with them in a little friendly conversation.

Volunteering for me is most important in lifting my morale knowing that  I am making a contribution to the community.  This gives me a sense of worth and satisfaction, this is what keeps me happy and energetic in my daily existence.  For this I am forever thankful to  the Cummings Center.

I am hoping and aiming for my 97th birthday soon, if I am worthy, so I hope to keep my pleasant job at the Cummings Center for a long while longer.

Thank you and best wishes to everyone, stay well and safe.

– Helen Scharf, Volunteer

Offering assistance, helping someone down the steps, serving a meal with a smile… the Cummings Centre provides so many opportunities to show acts kindness everyday. “I can see that the smallest gestures have a huge effect on so many of the Centre’s participants. This keeps me coming back”.

– Ruth Lezmy, Volunteer

I have been volunteering at the Cummings Centre for many years. I find a sense of empowerment that every single act of kindness does affect someone else’s life, bringing comfort, joy and meaning.

– Yaffa Cohen

Developing personal relationships with members and other volunteers through my volunteering is what keeps me coming back. Cummings is such an upbeat place to be and everyone walks out with a smile.

– Shelley Schwartz

By volunteering and giving of oneself, sharing your time and expertise, you can discover how it enriches your life and the lives of others! Volunteering with us at the Cummings provides you with the opportunity to make a difference.

– Tom Strasser

We are continually expanding our programming initiatives and course offerings in the West Island.  Let us know what you want to learn and do and help set the course for Cummings West.

– Brissa Bercovits, Volunteer Chair at Cummings West

I love helping in any way I can and carrying on my family’s long history of giving back.  I feel energized and I know I am making a difference in the lives of so many people.

Julie Morneau

Volunteering is all about giving back.  I cannot express the joy I have experienced by helping others at the Centre.  You really do get back more than you give and make new friends in the process!

John Carney

Volunteering at Cummings honors the memory of my late mother who was a volunteer for over 25 years.  I am passionate about lending financial support to the Centre so that we can continue to enrich the lives of so many.

– Rhona Rosenblatt

Delivering Meals-on-Wheels has become a family tradition as my father was on the team. We are not only delivering hearty meals to many people who just can’t get out, but we provide much needed social contact and they appreciate our efforts so much.

– Marcy Bruck