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Elderwood Volunteers-In-Partnership

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 contributions

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.

Getting started

To begin a rewarding experience as an Elderwood Volunteer-In-Partnership, call the location nearest you and ask for the Director of Volunteer Services. They’ll 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!