Senior Community Services is an organization that relies heavily on volunteers to augment its professional staff.
Last year, thousands of amazing volunteers came together to assist seniors and support their caregivers. Below are just some of the opportunities currently available.
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HOME PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS
Several unpaid options to assist in Minneapolis or suburban Hennepin County (MN).
Directly at an older adult’s home:
- Outside (rake spring or fall, weed/garden, shovel snow, mow, paint, sweep garage, wash windows)
- Inside (socialize with senior or clean home on a regular basis)
- Handyperson (basic plumbing, electrical, carpentry, minor repairs only)
Assist the HOME Program with office tasks, marketing and promotions
Special skills: entertain at a bingo party
Let us know of unique skills that you can offer!
No specific skills needed, except for handyperson
One-time or Ongoing tasks, depends upon the position
Flexible schedule (two-week+ notice needed for groups, due to logistics)
Volunteer as an individual, with a partner or in a group (kids age 7+)
Please contact: email@example.com or 952-767-7894 for more information about volunteering with the HOME Program. Or, you can complete the form below and email, mail or fax it to our office. Please note that we need at least a two-week advance notice due to logistics.
*Note: Individuals wishing to volunteer on a non-ongoing basis can fill out the group registration form. We welcome group of all sizes, from 1-100.
“I am so grateful for the help I got from your volunteers in cleaning my yard. It means a lot to me as I am 92 years old and live alone. Thank you.”
– Harriet (HOME client)
As a volunteer, you benefit too! One group leader wrote:
“HOME is a very unique program and it was good to expose these high schoolers to what the needs are out there and how they can be of help to others. They felt they had made a difference in the lives of people.”
HOME PROGRAM VOLUNTEER DETAILS
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-767-7894 for more information about unpaid volunteering with the HOME Program. Please note that the registration form needs to be returned at least two weeks in advance of the first volunteering date so that we coordinate schedules, a month or more is preferred.
LOCATION OF VOLUNTEERING
HOME Program serves seniors age 60+ located in these Minnesota communities: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Mound, New Hope, Orono, Osseo, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Louis Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, and Woodland.
OUTDOOR VOLUNTEER OPTIONS:
RAKE THE LEAVES
Improve your health while helping a senior citizen remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time. Perfect for individuals, groups (small to large), and families (kids age 7 or older and supervised by an adult). Seasonal: starting mid-April for spring & mid-October for fall (depending upon the weather). This is a one-time or more, fun, flexible activity that can be done for 2+ hours, weekdays or weekends.
MOW THE GRASS
Rev up your lawnmower and take care of a grateful senior citizen’s lawn. Adopt the yard of an elderly resident for the entire summer. Choose your own schedule; mow every 7-10 days upon weather conditions. Work with a partner and you can take turns mowing. This position is for the whole summer. Family teams and small groups welcome; youth must be age 7 or older and supervised by an adult. Youth must be age 16+ to operate a motorized lawn mower.
TOSS THE SNOW
Develop strong muscles by shoveling the snow off a grateful senior citizen’s walkways and driveway. Adopt a yard until the weather warms. Shovel after each snowfall (2 inches or more) of an elderly resident. Sand/salt their walkways after ice-storms. Work with a partner and you can take turns shoveling. This position is for the whole winter. Family teams and small groups welcome; youth must be age 7 or older and supervised by an adult. Youth must be age 16+ to operate a snow blower.
GROW THE GARDEN
Enjoy the great outdoors and get your hands dirty! Seniors need your help to maintain their flower garden or vegetable patch. Help make someone’s Grandma or Grandpa proud of their yard. Assist one-time or adopt a garden for the season until it freezes. Work with a partner and you can take turns gardening. Family teams welcome, youth must be age 7 or older and supervised by an adult.
PAINT IT PRETTY
Beautify a senior citizen’s home with a fresh coat of paint. Assist with scraping, priming, and painting. Homeowner will provide paint, supplies, and grateful smile. Work in any size group, kids must be over age 12. Paint one time or several during warm weather. If you or your group would like to assist low-income elders further, you can purchase the paint and supplies.
INDOOR VOLUNTEER OPTIONS:
FIX IT – HANDYPERSON
Help an elderly resident stay in their home. Volunteer with minor repairs to make certain that their home is safe (plumbing, electrical, let us know what you can do). Snowbirds, retirees, and trainees welcome (over the age of 18). You must have some experience to ensure that the work is done correctly (license not required). Choose your own schedule, six month minimum commitment (does not have to be consecutive). Work with a partner as a team!
CLEAN THE HOUSE
Help an elderly resident maintain a clean home. Visit twice per month to vacuum, dust, mop, sweep, clean the bathroom, and help with laundry. Perfect for individuals, teams, and families (kids age 12 or older when supervised by an adult). Choose your own schedule with the client, six month minimum commitment.
SHARE A SMILE – FRIENDLY VISITOR
Brighten the day of a senior citizen and have some fun. Hang out with an elder on a regular basis and do things that you both enjoy, like watching a movie, building stuff, playing games or whatever! Work with a partner and you can take turns visiting the elder. Families welcome; youth must be age 12 or older and supervised by an adult. Six month minimum commitment.
OTHER VOLUNTEER OPTIONS:
WALK WITH PURPOSE
Get some great exercise while helping to inform elders about the HOME Program. Post at businesses or drop off flyers door-to-door during daylight hours, weekdays or weekends, on your own schedule. HOME will provide the posters, supplies, and directions. No sales. Can do one time or more.
STUFF THE ENVELOPE
Assist with the distribution of information to clients and interested others. Assist with stuffing envelopes, preparing mailings, and other tasks. This project is portable, pick up from our office in Minnetonka an example with supplies, and return the finished product with any leftovers. Projects available occasionally, contact to schedule at least two weeks in advance.
Perform a range of administrative and office support functions; filing, answer phone calls, data entry, photocopying, compiling packets, and assist with mailings. Must have customer service skills and English language fluency. Volunteer at least once per month for four+ months, weekday daytime availability. Office located in Minnetonka.
SHARE THE ENTERTAINMENT
Brighten a group of senior citizens day by sharing your talent at a special party, which occurs twice per year. Provide a brief program (45 minutes) during a social gathering in Minneapolis. You could sing (elders adore sing-a-longs), dance, play an instrument, juggle, story-telling, perform magic or something else, just let us know about your talent. Please contact us for dates to schedule a time in advance.
UNIQUE SKILL TO OFFER?
If you have a skill that you would like to share, please contact us and we’ll seek to match your skills with what is needed by our clients or office. Thank you!!
Communications & Marketing
Graphic Design –
Use your graphic design skills to help us create dynamic images to tell our story. Graphics will be used in a variety of print and digital communication efforts. Work can be done remotely. Having access to and knowledge of Adobe programs is a plus!
Administrative Assistant –
This person will work at the Senior Community Services Minnetonka office for approximately 1-2 days a week completing administrative tasks.
Please contact: Allison Bendickson, Director of Development at email@example.com or 952-767-7899 for more information about volunteering with Communications & Marketing.
Newsletter Assistant –
The volunteer newsletter assistant will work in conjunction with the Gillespie Senior Center Director and gather information/photographs on the Gillespie Center activities and participants and produce the monthly newsletter. The Gillespie Center is a non-profit Community and Senior Center located in Mound, Minnesota. This position is responsible for capturing the mission and the vision of the Gillespie Center and Senior Community Services.
There are many other volunteer opportunities at Senior Centers. Visit the Senior Centers page for contact information for each center.