Volunteering at the Senior Center

With a small staff and more than 600 volunteers annually, we rely on volunteers to make The Center work! A variety of volunteer opportunities are available for adults of all ages. We work with you to find a role that fits your skills, interests, and goals as a volunteer.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please complete a volunteer application and send it to:

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

• Volunteer Application Form
• Volunteer Handbook

Current Opportunities

Bilingual and Multi-lingual Volunteers
Help Senior Center service providers effectively communicate with participants who do not speak English as their first language. Whether assistance is needed with tax aide services, health insurance counseling, computer lessons, or just getting familiar with our building and programs, we want to ensure that people of all backgrounds feel welcome and able to access the services provided by the Senior Center. If you speak a second (or third, fourth, fifth) language and want to utilize your skills to help other Center participants, contact Community Outreach Specialist, Emily Light, at 319-356-5224 or emily-light@iowa-city.org.

Building Supervisors
We rely on volunteers to help keep The Center open to members during evenings and weekends. Building supervisors monitor use of the computer lab, billiards room, fitness rooms, and Senior Center Television studio. They also greet the public, answer questions, and act as a liaison to staff outside of business hours. Building supervisors receive comprehensive training related to building use, access, and emergency procedures. Shifts are 5 - 7:30 PM Monday - Friday, and 10:30 AM - 1:45 PM on Saturday and Sunday. If you are responsible, friendly, confident, knowledgeable about The Center, and want to help ensure extended building access to Senior Center members, contact Emily Light at 319-356-5224 or emily-light@iowa-city.org.

Group or Club Leader
Do you have a hobby or a special interest that is not currently represented in the Senior Center’s program offerings? Consider leading a group or club at The Center, and connect with like-minded members who share your interests. Whether it is Scrabble, photography, cooking, reading, walking, or anything else you like to do, there are probably others at The Center who would like to join you. To share your ideas and explore the possibility of starting a new group or club, contact Emily Light at 319-356-5224 or emily-light@iowa-city.org.

Library Volunteer
Do you like being around books and organizing things? Our library volunteers work behind the scenes to maintain order and a shelving system that makes it easy to find books of interest in the Senior Center library. This is a very flexible job that can be worked around your schedule. Contact Emily Light at 319-356-5224 or emily-light@iowa-city.org to get involved.

This group of dedicated volunteers has been turning completed quilt tops into works of art for many years. In the process, they have raised thousands of dollars to support The Center's operational expenses. The Center is fortunate to have their support and to be one of the few remaining locations in the county where hand quilting services are available. Additional quilting volunteers are always welcome. No quilting experience is necessary; the current quilters teach new volunteers on a practice piece. Visit the quilters in room 211 on a Wednesday or Friday from 8 AM - 12 PM to get started.

Senior Center Television
SCTV is a volunteer group that shoots, edits, and distributes video programming of interest to older adults. A wide range of subject matter is featured, specifically produced to promote the Senior Center, the community, and intergenerational cooperation; and specifically created to present a positive outlook on aging.

Senior volunteers work alongside students from the University of Iowa and other community members to generate approximately six hours of original programming a month. SCTV programs air on City Channel 4, PATV 18, as well as in North Liberty and Coralville. With the use of a fully equipped studio and the help of experienced staff members, volunteers will have the opportunity to learn the various techniques and technologies of television production, which could include everything from camera work, video editing, lighting, sound recording, and on-camera skills. During weekly meetings volunteers discuss current and upcoming projects, as well as troubleshooting and training topics. No experience is necessary to join SCTV, and all skill-levels are welcome. Join us at our weekly meeting, Mondays at 10:30 AM in room 206, or contact SCTV for more information: 319-356-5211 or seniorcentertelevision@gmail.com.

Teaching Opportunities
The Center offers unique teaching opportunities for volunteer instructors in a wide range of subjects including art, current events, dance, environment, literature, languages, history, philosophy, religion, photography, technology, science and more. The participants, most of whom are retired, enroll in classes seeking to enrich their lives and expand their minds. They bring enthusiasm and diverse backgrounds of knowledge and experience. Volunteer instructors enjoy teaching in an interactive environment without the worries of testing and grading. 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.

Technology Mentors
Does technology seem to come easily to you? Do you want to share your knowledge with seniors who are eager to learn? Become a Senior Center technology mentor! Volunteer mentors provide one-on-one technology lessons using computers, tablets, and smartphones, covering a variety of topics such as basic device navigation, internet, email, Facebook, apps, photo management, video chatting, and more. Participants set their own goals for technology learning, and mentors guide them through the steps to accomplish those goals. Volunteers should have strong technology and communication skills, and must possess the patience and understanding to work with participants at varying experience levels. Contact Emily Light at 319-356-5224 or emily-light@iowa-city.org.