The most flexible volunteer opportunity – you work with staff to create a lasting friendship with an elder. You commit to visiting an elder twice a month (generally for an hour at a time) to form a friendship that the elder can look forward to and count on. By listening and sharing stories, you will create a bond that grows in strength and deepens over time. You'll update staff about your visits, providing essential feedback that then helps staff coordinate programs for “your” elder. Time commitment is two flexible hours a month, and we ask that you commit to visiting your elder for at least one year.
Family Visiting Program
This is a great opportunity for parents that are looking for fun, meaningful activities they can do with their children. Introducing kids to volunteering when they are young has been proven to promote a healthy lifestyle, enhance development, teach life skills, improve the community and encourage a lifelong service ethic.
You can choose an option to fit your schedule:
- Bring treat bags or festive meals to elders on birthdays or holidays
- Deliver monthly food bags
- Drop off Holiday gifts to isolated elders at Christmas
- Be matched with one elder, visiting or spending time together twice a month
To start visiting an elder with your family, please sign up for an orientation.
Some elders do not venture away from home, but that doesn’t mean they are left out! You can bring the celebration to our elders in their homes. We provide a special decorated bag filled with a treat and a gift to share, you provide the friendly visit that brightens an elder’s day. Your time commitment is one hour a visit and can be flexible to fit your schedule.
Every elder’s birthday is celebrated – either at a party or during an in-home visit. You pick up a festive celebration bag containing a special gift, cupcakes and party favors to enhance the birthday visit. Your time commitment is about one hour per visit; opportunities exist throughout the year.
During the month of December, you can brighten the holiday season by visiting an elder and delivering a special gift selected just for that elder. You pick up the gifts at 355 N. Ashland and deliver in a neighborhood convenient for you. This opportunity is flexible and fun! Your time commitment is about one hour per visit and you can deliver one or more gifts throughout the month of December.
Brighten an elder’s day with a phone call! You can even chat while sitting in traffic (on your bluetooth, of course). Your time commitment is half an hour to an hour per visit, and you can reach out to one or many elders once a day or once a year.
Program Assistant (internship)
Your one year, full-time or part-time commitment helps ensure that every elder has a relationship with a compassionate person. This is a unique experience to potentially make a transition to a new career.
Your 4- to 12-month commitment of 5 to 10 hours per week establishes meaningful relationships with two or more elders. You can gain experience in the field of aging and make new friends by participating in social activities for elders.