Volunteer

Volunteers

The Newton Senior Center offers opportunities for older adults who want to continue living active and independent lives.  We have many classes and programs on everything from health & wellness to games, trips, and social services.  This is the ideal place to meet new people, network with friends and become active in volunteering.

Volunteers play a crucial and meaningful role here creating and developing new programs, office and clerical assistance, running our store, helping out at lunches, decorating our center and several new positions – friendly visitors, at-home handyperson, and friendly callers. We couldn’t be the place we are without our volunteers.

What does it take to get involved?  Some time and commitment – which all depends on how much time you want to give!  We have volunteer opportunities that are just a few hours each year to weekly positions of 1 – 3 hours.  And we do understand that life comes in the way of commitments!

Two easy ways to getting started: 
·         One  Stop by our Volunteer Coordinator Lisa’s office on the lower floor and pick up a volunteer book and application or call her at 617-796-1674 or email Lisa at lheyison@newtonma.gov
·         Two   Complete the application and return it to Lisa

Volunteer Opportunities

Computer Instructor/Tutor: Lead one-on-one tutorial classes on a specialty of your choice that matches the requests of older adults in the community.    Examples are: Word, Excel, iPad, Tablets, Skype, and more.

Decorating Committee Volunteer: The Volunteer Decorating Committee will be asked to decorate the Senior Center.  This is both by season and some holidays.

Friendly Visitor/Caller: The Friendly Visitor/Caller Program seeks to maximize independence and enrich the quality of life for isolated older adults. Visitors support seniors through weekly contact providing social support and a connection to the community.

Front Desk Receptionist Support: The volunteer receptionist position serves a critical function for the Senior Center. Coverage is needed for AM and PM shifts.

Gardening: Are you a Master Gardener? Share your skills both inside and outside! 

Greeters: Greet people as they are entering the building.  Ensure that they know where to go for an event. 

Handyperson: Help maintain the building with small handyperson jobs. 

Lecturer of Arts/Science/History/Nature/Fitness: Use your talents to teach a class (arts, crafts, cribbage, etc.) or to facilitate a learning group on a topic of interest to you and that you think others will also be interested in.

Musician: Share your musical talents either by leading a musical program or performing at an event at the Senior Center

Occasional Home Helper Program: Assist a senior on a one time or short term temporary basis with a special project, planting, yard work, organizing or small     repairs. Accept assignments as they fit your schedule.

Office and Staff Support: The ever increasing work here is done with few staff and the generous hours and efforts given by our volunteers. We         welcome phone assistance and special projects volunteers, and others to support our staff toward fulfilling our mission.

Graphic Designer: Work with staff to design newsletters, brochures, and flyers.

Library Assistant: Assist in maintaining the Senior Center’s library.

For more information or to schedule an interview please contact Lisa Heyison, Volunteer Coordinator, 617-796-1670 or lheyison@newtonma.gov.