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Senior Center Volunteer Opportunities

The Senior Center has a variety of volunteer opportunities, both long and short-term. Start a club or lead an activity group; provide health insurance counseling to seniors; supervise evening and weekend activities at the Center; produce videos of Senior Center programs to broadcast on cable TV; join a committee to help with program planning, community outreach, communication, or fundraising; and much more. Volunteers are essential to the operation of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center.

To get involved as a volunteer, contact the Community Outreach Specialist, Emily Light, at 319-356-5224 or emily-light@iowa-city.org.

The Center also offers unique teaching opportunities for volunteer instructors in a wide range of subjects including art, current events, chess, dance, the environment, literature, languages, history, philosophy, religion, photography, technology, science and more. The participants, most of who are retired, enroll in classes seeking to enrich their lives and expand their minds. They bring enthusiasm and diverse backgrounds of knowledge and experience. Some may even teach your something about your subject that you hadn't known before. Volunteer instructors enjoy teaching in an interactive environment without the worries of testing and grading. Consider joining the excitement at the Iowa City Senior Center.

For more information about how to get involved in teaching a class, contact the Program Specialist, Michelle Buhman, at 319-356-5222 or michelle-buhman@iowa-city.org.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the Senior Center should complete the volunteer application form below and send it to:

Iowa City Senior Center
28 S Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer Handbook

 

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Senior Dining and Home Delivered Meals Program
Contact: Heather Binggeli, Home Delivered Meals Manager, (319) 338-0515 or e-mail at hbinggeli@elderservicesinc.com.

Senior Dining: Flexible days: weekly, biweekly
- Dish room Assistant
- Kitchen Assistant
- Dining Room Greeter

Home Delivered Meals: Weekly, biweekly
- Weekly Route Driver
- Weekend Route Driver
- Substitute Driver

Elder Services Inc.
Elder Services, Inc. provides programs, services, and resources to assist persons age 60 and over in Johnson county and east central Iowa to stay active, independent, and safe in their own homes.

CHORE/HOME ASSISTANCE SERVICE: Regular volunteers are needed to help seniors in the Iowa City/Coralville area with grocery shopping, running errands, transportation to medical appointments, light housekeeping and outdoor work. Seasonal volunteers are needed for projects such as leaf raking, snow shoveling and hanging holiday lights. Contact Chad at 319-338-0515.

All volunteers must be dependable, polite and enjoy working with the elderly. Regular volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, fill out an application and complete a background check before receiving assignments. Seasonal volunteers may be under 18 but must be accompanied by a supervising adult. School and church groups are welcome for seasonal projects.

FRIENDLY VISITOR PROGRAM: Matches individuals with homebound seniors to visit on a weekly basis. Requires a minimum of a 1-year (school year) commitment. Contact Joan Cook at 319-338-0515 or email at jcook@elderservicesinc.com.

Visiting Nurse Association - Health Suite
The VNA provides a plethora of health-related services that require volunteer involvement. Some require specific skills and are good placements for individuals in the health services field, but positions for individuals to help with registration for yearly flu shots are available. Contact the Visiting Nurse Association at 319-337-9686.

 

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