Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are posted on this page for those who seek different ways to assist the older adults who participate in the programs, services, and activities offered by North Shore Senior Center. Our more than 300 volunteers provide countless hours of support to keep the Center vibrant and working efficiently. So, please join us as a volunteer! To learn more, contact the Volunteer Office at 847.242.6257 or

Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Loan Closet Coordinator: Lend a helping hand by volunteering at the Lending Closet.  Behind the Social Services Administration front desk sits the Lending Closet Coordinator.  We are seeking volunteers to assist with scheduling medical equipment pick up and drop off for seniors in the community. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday 
  • Content/Article Writer: We are seeking a creative writing volunteer who is interested in contributing to Engage- North Shore Senior Center's quarterly magazine.  Volunteers can work from the comfort of their own home or at our main campus in Northfield.  We accept informative articles, light read pieces, or research/studies.
  • Benefits Assistant: Join our Benefits Team and volunteer with our Benefits Access Program.  Benefits Access provides low- income seniors or people with disabilities with a Free Ride Transit Cards for all public transportation and with a license plate sticker discount. Volunteers are needed to assist by completing the applications and follow-up phone calls. 
  • House of Welcome Music Volunteer: House of Welcome is looking for music volunteers to play instruments and/or lead a singalong with participants and staff assistance.  We are looking for people to come 1 to 2 times a month, any day Monday-Friday, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. or 3:00-4:00 p.m. We have had music volunteers play the piano or guitar, but we are open to other types of instruments. 
  • Gardening Volunteer: Help maintain our outside garden areas by the House of Welcome and our 161 Front Entrance.  We are seeking individuals to help with the maintenance of the raised beds, garden area, and outside plants by House of Welcome.  We are seeking a volunteer to help 1-3 hours a month during the fall/winter seasons and no more than 10 hours during the spring and summer seasons.     
  • Friendly Visitors Program: We are seeking individuals to join our Friendly Visitor Program and help make a difference in the lives of our home bound older adult population.  Volunteers will be matched with an older adult and provide friendly companionship and their compassionate presence. This is a flexible volunteer opportunity- all Friendly Visitor visits are scheduled during a convenient time for the volunteer and their match.
  • Social Services Administration Phone Support: We are looking for a volunteer to assist at the Social Services Reception Desk answering phones on an as-needed basis. Computer skills are not needed for this position. A pleasant demeanor, good customer service skills, and dependability are the traits we are looking for.
  • Niles Senior & Family Services, Office Administrative Assistance: In our Niles office, a volunteer is needed for 8 hours per week (flexible, time can be split between two 4-hour time periods) to contact clients by phone for monthly check-ins, enter client survey data into the computer, and other office support, e.g. copying forms, mailings. Volunteer must be comfortable using the phone and computer programs, talking to the public, and working with the Case Managers in our Niles office.

  • Lifelong Learning Front Desk Volunteer: The Lifelong Learning Department is seeking a volunteer to assist the registrar. Responsibilities include: registration and membership enrollment, answer customer inquiries, prep/deliver of attendance sheets, and support of Customer Service and information Specialist.

  • Lifelong Learning Administrative Assistant: Volunteers are needed to assist with the departments operational and administrative tasks. Tasks may include: filing, preparing New Member packets, program reminder/update/cancellation calls, preparation of mailings, etc. We are seeking an individual who has a strong attention to detail.

  • Pet Therapy for House of Welcome: The House of Welcome (HOW), an adult day services program of the North Shore Senior Center, serves older adults living with memory loss, usually Alzheimer's disease, and provides a structured group program of therapeutic activities Monday through Friday. To enhance programming, we are looking for pet therapy volunteers to visit HOW once or twice a month, or weekly, arriving around 2:45-3:00 p.m. to visit about 30 minutes each time. We ask that all volunteers commit to at least a year. Information and training about our program's specific needs will be provided.

  • Escorted Transportation Service Coordinator: We seek 1-2 Escorted Transportation Service (ETS) Coordinators to join our team. Volunteer from the comfort of your own home in this flexible role as a Coordinator. Coordinate rides for appreciative seniors to and from medical appointments. Coordinators must have access to and be comfortable using a phone and computer, demonstrate effective communication skills, and demonstrate good organizational skills and attention to detail. Coordinators rotate for 2-week shifts. During a shift, coordinators are responsible for checking a voice mailbox where riders request rides and then reach out to our pool of volunteer drivers to find available drivers.

  • Escorted Transportation Service Drivers: Transport seniors in your personal vehicle to and from medical and dental appointments. Help with this critical need while enjoying the company of an appreciative senior. Drivers are especially needed in the Evanston, Skokie, Morton Grove areas.

  • House of Welcome Adult Day Services Program Assistants: Make a difference in the lives of persons with memory loss by interacting with participants in the home-like setting of the House of Welcome Adult Day Services Program. You will assist with scheduled activities or spend time one-on-one with participants. No previous experience required. You can start by observing and then we’ll provide training. We ask volunteers to commit to a morning or afternoon shift once per week.

North Shore Senior Center is a 501(c)(3) organization. It is our policy to not discriminate against any person served or person employed or seeking employment based on age, race, color, disability, pregnancy, ethnicity, national origin, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious tradition or spiritual practice. If you feel that you have been discriminated against, call the Senior Help Line at 800.252.8966 or 888.206.1327 (TTY).