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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).

Vice President for Senior Council

The Center’s Senior Council is seeking a volunteer Vice-President.  In this position the volunteer VP will need to attend monthly Monday early afternoon meetings, be responsible in partnership with President of Senior Council to help shape and lead the Council of the organization through communication, implementation of a plan and By-Law policy.  Two to four hours monthly with training provided.  One-year commitment.

Spreadsheet Specialist

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A Spreadsheet Specialist is needed to assist the Finance Director with excel detailing organizational outlays. This will significantly improve efficiency of managing the finance department. Volunteers must be proficient (intermediate level) with excel, and bookkeeping background skills a plus, and also basic computers skills in Microsoft office or QuickBooks.  Volunteers will organize and sort information based on programs, departments, codes, etc., and complete data entry.  Volunteer must be sharp and provide attention to detail.  Position is three times a week for one-hour or more.

Graphic Design Intern

Are you ready to start building your portfolio as a graphic designer? Can’t wait to put your education, ideas, talent, and skills to work and gain experience while making a meaningful contribution to a local nonprofit organization that promotes active aging? The Senior Center is searching for a volunteer who is comfortable working in Adobe Creative Suite and has a solid grasp of print and digital design. Ideal candidate will have his/her own computer and graphics software, and be able to commit to 5–10 hours per week. Flexible schedule with the bulk of work done from home.

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

Front Desk Volunteers

The Senior Center is searching for responsible and reliable front desk volunteers. We specifically need a volunteer for Thursday evening shift 4:30 - 8:30 pm; plus substitutes. 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!

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 volunteers for Wednesday 830 - 10 am & 3 - 430 pm and substitutes.  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.

Lobby Ambassador volunteers

The Senior Center is searching for lobby ambassadors.  This volunteer position will assist members/guests with a warm welcome as they enter the lobby and promote MySeniorCenter check-in and enhanced communication, customer-service oriented individual, willingness to direct and escort tours with the ability to convey a positive image. Training is provided.

Membership Administrative volunteer

The Center is in need of a volunteer with strong computer and communication skills and respectable phone etiquette.  This position has the volunteer working directly with the Membership Coordinator, doing support work in excel, word & data entry in SC database, and conducting calls to members and guests.  Must have solid knowledge of Center activities and familiar with membership benefits.  Work schedule would be time at the Center with flexible hours and able to make calls from home.  Time commitment 2 to 4 hours a week. Training available.  We would appreciate your help!

Sew & Sews! (formerly Pinkie Puppets)

Change is good!  Esso changed its name to Exxon, Cingular to AT&T; and now the Pinkie Puppets of the Senior Center has announced that it is changing its name to the Sew & Sews! As the group moves into their 54th year of service to UVA Hospital, their circumstances for making ‘Pinkies’ has been altered and they are now on a new path of producing medical dolls and children’s bibs.  In fact, they are taking this opportunity to deepen their commitment to the community by focusing their volunteerism towards other organizations/companies, along with UVA, that are in need of foster bags, adult bibs, walker and wheelchair mobile bags.  The goal of the new name is also to create a ‘call to action’, increase volunteerism in the group, and better the community with their service.  Come and join our other volunteers in providing your talents to sew, cut, adorn, and decorate; along with giving back to the community.

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:

March 20-21, 2015

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.