Volunteering at Elderwood
Many Elderwood facilities offer separate not-for-profit
programs, called Volunteers-in-Partnership (VIP), to offer
valuable, life-affirming interaction between residents and the
community at large. Today, more than 500 volunteers affectionately
known as "VIPs" including adults, seniors and
students, as well as groups from churches, home bureaus and other
organizations, contribute to the volunteer efforts. VIPs make
a measurable difference in the lives of residents, contributing
time and talent to support the social, emotional and spiritual
needs of those in our care.
The essential characteristic common to each successful volunteer
is a personal commitment to serving others. A wide range of opportunities
is available and can be tailored to individual volunteers
interests, talents and preferences. These include:
- Friendly visiting
- Talent sharing (music, crafts, gardening, woodworking, etc.)
- Reading and assistance with letter-writing
- Program presentations (travelogues, current events, book reviews)
- Resident transport to in-house activities
- Activities, special events and crafts assistance
- Spiritual life and worship enhancement
- Gift shop and gift cart coordination
- Pet therapy
- Assisting with fund-raising for resident activities
While enhancing the lives of others by
sharing time, skills and talents, many VIPs find the most
positive results are felt in their own lives. Generally,
hours and functions are very flexible and can be tailored
to suit your interests and availability, even if you can
offer just one hour a month.
At any Elderwood facility, you can expect
to work in a positive, friendly, resident-focused environment.
You can also expect:
- Orientation and training (if needed)
- Meaningful assignments that enhance
residents' quality of life
- New friendships with residents, staff
and fellow VIPs
- Recognition and appreciation for your
Residents truly enjoy and appreciate their
relationships with VIPs. Of course, they will expect you
to follow through on commitments in return. Also, it is
important that you learn the policies that apply to all
volunteers, which ensure respect and dignity for all residents.
To begin a rewarding experience as an Elderwood Volunteer-In-Partnership,
call the location nearest
you and ask for the Director of Volunteer Services.
Theyll be happy to answer any questions you may have
about Elderwood and the volunteer opportunities available.
You may also request more information
by email and someone will contact you.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Elderwood!