Volunteer with Senior Services

The Senior Services Department offers a wide variety of opportunities for individuals to share their time and talents, learn new skills, and get to know some truly wonderful people. Volunteers contribute their time and talents in many ways, including but not limited to; leading group activities or discussion groups, helping with Senior Center programs, serving as Ambassadors who greet and guide visitors to the Community Center, food service assistance, providing tax assistance, and editing/collating our monthly newsletter.  A more detailed list of potential volunteer opportunities is available below. A volunteer can expect to receive ongoing training, assistance, and support based upon the job assignment. In return, a volunteer must be a positive and effective role model for program participants while upholding the mission and purpose of the Department.

                                 Sharing Tree Volunteers              Special Lunch Volunteers

                          IMG-2046    Special Lunch volunteers

Once a prospective volunteer completes an application and undergoes a screening process and training (if required), they will begin their selected assignment.  For more information about how you can become involved, please visit the Senior Services office or contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (860)-652-7605.

Already Interested? Click here for a Volunteer Application.

 

Volunteer Positions and Descriptions

AARP Tax Volunteers – Qualified volunteers assist individual tax filers up to three days a week during tax season.  Training is provided by highly trained coordinators.

Ambassadors - Ambassadors greet visitors in the foyer of the community center, provide information about programs and program locations, give tours to new guests, sell lunch tickets, and fulfill other duties when necessary.

Bread Delivery – Pick up donated bread at the grocery store(s) and deliver it to the RCC for distribution to the community.

Creative Crafters - Create centerpieces for convalescent homes in the area, make decorations and crafts for veterans, and make decorations for the annual holiday tree. 

Food Pantry - Fill grocery bags twice weekly for area families in need. Additionally, volunteers sort and shelve nonperishable food donations.

Friendship Circle Memory Program – Responsibilities include:

  • Assist program leader in preparing and carrying out planned activities for the day.  These activities may include such things as preparing snacks, exercise, arts and crafts, music, reminiscing, modified physical games, word games, cooking, and field trips to local sites, etc.  If the volunteer wishes, they can lead some sessions to share any special skill, hobby, or interest they may have.
  • Ensure the safety and comfort of the group members by assisting them as needed during activities or at snack/lunch times.  This may include ensuring their cane/walkers are available when needed, helping them as needed due to limitations in sight, hearing, mobility or memory limitations, and being alert to keep the room and walk areas clear of obstacles or potential danger.
  • Actively participate in group discussions sharing life experiences and insights to build rapport with the group and help everyone actively participate and socialize.
  • Assist program leader by cleaning up after activities including washing and drying dishes after snack time and picking up materials after the various activities.

Knit and Crochet Group - Create a variety of items including hats for babies in hospitals as well as hats and mittens for families in need. This group donates their knitted items to a variety of regional charitable organizations.

Lunch and Learn – Responsibilities include:

  • Work with Senior Services staff to determine schedule of speakers and suggested topics.
  • Contact potential speakers to determine interest/availability and appropriateness for senior groups.
  • Schedule selected speakers into lunch and learn slots in senior calendar.
  • Work with speaker to determine any audiovisual and administrative needs (copies made for handouts etc.). 
  • Greet speakers upon arrival and help get set-up for the presentation.
  • Attend presentations and inspire questions from the seniors or ask questions to keep things flowing.
  • Assist with any speaker needs during presentations. 
  • Provide feedback about speakers / groups to senior staff.
  • Keep track of the number of attendees at the presentations.
  • Write post-presentation thank you to speakers / groups. 

Movie Monday- The volunteer arrives 15 minutes early, prepares a drink and snack for the participants, takes attendance, runs the movie, cleans up after the movie, and informs staff of any concerns or needs.

Program Leaders - The volunteer arrives 15 minutes prior to the start of the program, sets up necessary materials, welcomes the participants, takes attendance, runs the outlined programs, cleans up after the program and keeps staff informed of any concerns or needs.

Re-gifting – Help children choose and wrap a gift for their parents. (Annual spring event)

Riverfront Community Center Library – Organize the library and collect damaged books for removal.

Greeting Card Organizer - Organize greeting cards by category, inventory cards for replacement, and collect damaged cards for removal.

Senior Social at Gideon Welles - Volunteers are paired with sixth graders at Gideon Welles School. Each volunteer enjoys a tour of the building, a musical performance, and light refreshments. This is an event that occurs once each May.

The Sharing Tree Collators – Volunteers help to collate and set up the mailing of the monthly newsletter. Specific tasks include folding and inserting materials, putting mailing labels on the newsletter and helping organize the mailing bins. 

Special Luncheons – Help serve lunch to participants.

Social Services Special Drives - Support the annual social service programs to benefit residents in need; including the Thanksgiving Food Drive, Back to School Supply Collection, and the Holiday Toy Drive. 

Lost and Found – Take items from the lost and found to the local Goodwill. (Four times per year.)

Quilts of Valor: The Quilts of Valor Foundation’s mission is to cover ALL combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Since its founding, Quilts of Valor has awarded over 153,071 quilts to veterans of military actions, conflicts, and wars, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Beirut, Iraq and Afghanistan. There are many ways for individuals to contribute towards making one or more Quilts of Valor. No sewing skills required!  You can choose to iron, cut fabrics, assemble pieces for the quilters, and of course, you can always sew as well!  For information, call Norma Carey at (860) 652-7655, or visit the Quilts of Valor website at www.qovf.org.

Application Process and Training

A volunteer can expect to receive ongoing training, assistance, and support based upon the job assignment. In return, a volunteer must be a positive and effective role model for program participants while upholding the mission and purpose of the Department.

Once a prospective volunteer completes an volunteer completes an application, undergoes a screening process, and completes any required training (if applicable), they will begin their selected assignment.

For more information about how you can become involved in any of the programs listed above, please visit our office or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (860) 652-7605.

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