Chicago Sinai strives to improve the quality of education in Chicago by providing volunteer and financial support to a local, public school. Since 2009, Sinai has partnered with Jenner Academy of the Arts, a pre-K through 8th grade elementary school in the former Cabrini-Green neighborhood. Nearly 100% of the students enrolled in Jenner School are low income.
Whether you’re looking for a weekly volunteer opportunity or just have an hour every once in a while, there are many ways for you to support the Jenner community.
If you are interested in working directly with students, consider serving as a Classroom Aide. Sinai volunteers assist a classroom teacher as needed – working with small groups, helping with all-class projects, or providing one-on-one instruction. Members volunteer one or more times a week based on their schedule and the teacher’s needs.
Each year, Jenner hosts a "Career Day" for its students. Sinai volunteers speak with students one-on-one and in small groups to tell them about their career paths. Whatever your career is or was, your story may inspire a Jenner student.
Chaperoning Field Trips
Throughout the school year, Sinai funds field trips for Jenner students. Past field trips have included visiting a pumpkin patch, seeing a play, visiting the Children’s Museum, touring the Holocaust Museum, and attending a writing workshop. Sinai volunteers accompany the students on these special trips.
Throughout the school year, Sinai volunteers assist with special projects as needed. Past projects have included decorating school bulletin boards, helping at events to honor high achieving students, hosting a Teacher Appreciation breakfast, photographing school events, working with students to prepare entries for a school newspaper, assisting students with an art project and partnering with the administration to update the teacher’s lounge.
Every Thanksgiving, Sinai provides each Jenner family, faculty and staff member with a turkey or grocery store gift card and side dishes to help them celebrate the holiday. We need volunteers to help distribute the give-away to the Jenner community.
If you would like more information or would like to make a donation to support our programming, please contact Heidi Wagman