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Volunteering at the Center

Volunteering in the community

As volunteers, you are the very Heart and Soul of this community.

Volunteers at the Senior Center provide 65% of the labor required to run the Center and they give over 45,000 hours of service to the community. It is impossible to completely understand the enormity of this gift. The blessing is that those who give also receive. Clinical studies have shown that seniors who volunteer are happier, have an increased sense of well-being, enjoy broader social networks, and live longer!

To find your volunteer niche, call Kimberly Haynes at 974-7756 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Administrative Assistants

Do you enjoy conducting administrative duties? The Center is always recruiting volunteers to be administrative assistants to work in our staff offices. If you enjoy working in an office environment, have excellent computer skills, have worked with databases, is detailed with a high-level of accuracy and enjoy organization tasks, we would appreciate your help.

Bulk Mail volunteers

If you are looking for fellowship, a volunteer position that is a short span of time, with fun-loving folks, and being able to sit down, then this is the volunteer position for you?  Volunteers are needed to join our bulk mail team. This means folding, stuffing and placing labels on envelopes and placing labels on newsletters for bulk mailing.  The positions are scheduled for the 4th Tuesday of each month, and only takes 2 to 3 hours.

Newsletter bulk mail: 4th Tuesday of each month, starts at 11:30 am at the Senior Center

Crafty Ladies volunteers

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Enjoy knitting and crocheting and interested in being creative.  We invite you to volunteer on the great projects of the Crafty Ladies (& Guy) here are the Senior Center.  The group meets every Wednesday 9:30 am – 11:30 am.  Yarn is donated to assist our group in the projects they complete each year.  Bring your talents, expertise and interest and participate in the projects run by our group: Hats for newborns, Hats & Mittens for MAACA, Lap robes, hats & scarves, bags for foster kids, Special Olympic scarves, blankets and more.  Join our other volunteers in this fun and stimulating group that puts others first in the projects they complete!

Garden Café Attendant

The café is looking for volunteers to help out a couple of hours each week and substitutes on-call.  We specifically need a volunteer for Monday afternoons and Wednesday morning.  The café provides a supportive, warm and friendly environment available in offering nutritious food, supported by our friendly volunteers.  The café hours of operation are routinely scheduled from Monday and Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8:30 am – 8:30 pm.  The Senior Center bases a nurturing, devoted warm and caring environment of appreciation and gratitude of our volunteer base.  In order to ensure the ongoing sustainability of our café, we need volunteers to assist in its operations so that we can continue to offer this much needed open social environment for our members and guests.

Front Desk Volunteers

The Senior Center is searching for responsible and reliable front desk volunteers. We specifically need volunteers for Sundays 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Skill set: excellent customer service, communicate well, be a resource for all that visit, and want to be a professional representative for the Center.  Volunteers work 4 or 5 hour shifts during the week. Duties include: greeting everyone as they enter the building, answering and routing telephone calls, reminding members to sign-in with their member card, greeting visitors and ensuring they get a tour and member packet, scheduling a member for a program, accepting payment for dues or programs, making coffee and a few others.  It is a unique and fun way to get involved!

Pinkie Puppet Volunteers spread Cheer

Volunteer Pinkie Puppet makers needed!  If you are looking for fellowship, as well as a chance to help children, consider joining the Pinkie Puppet volunteers; they need the extra set of hands.  This volunteer group meets at the Center on Mondays from 9:30 – 11:30 am to cut, sew, stuff, and package Pinkie Puppets for distribution at UVa Hospital.  The Pinkies have also added a new project to their list and they are making ‘Medical Dolls’ that surgeons use to describe what will occur during surgery to a small child.  When the surgeon is done with the doll it is passed to the patient to give a name, draw on, place clothes and keep close during the visit to the hospital.  Join this great social circle working for a great cause.

The pinkie puppet program has helped sick children cope with the stress of their hospital visits.  This joint project, the first Senior Center program, in conjunction with the UVA Ladies Auxiliary, began in 1960.

Sunday Movie volunteer

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The Center is searching for a substitute Sunday Movie Program Leader to assist in running the movie program on Sundays at 1:30 pm.  Our Volunteer will greet movie patrons, conduct a head count, start the movie, hand-out rating sheets, monitor the room during the movie session.

Yard Sale donation pick-up and deliveries

The Center is searching for volunteer members to assist with yard sale donation pick-ups and deliveries. This is an opportunity to assist your community and the center. You would be meeting the donors, loading and unloading the items from a vehicle.  If you have a truck or SUV vehicle that could be used for the larger donation pick-ups that would be greatly appreciated.  The commitment can be short-term or long-term, dependent upon your availability.

Yard Sale Volunteers

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Get involved in our Yard Sale to directly help support programming at the Senior Center! Volunteers help with load-in (moving items from basement to main floor) prior to the event, set-up/arrange merchandise, watch the sale floor, cashier, bag purchases, carry out purchases, clean-up, plus more. It’s a great way to meet people, do some good work, and have fun.  The yard sale schedule is as follows:

September 19 - 20, 2014
December 5 - 6, 2014

Lawn Care Crew Volunteers

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The Senior Center is currently seeking volunteers to be part of our lawn care crew.  The team needs people to mow and trim on a rotating schedule.  We have a push mower and a string line trimmer on site.  Join us in making the Senior Center looking at it’s finest.