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 500 volunteers provide countless hours of support to keep the Center vibrant and working efficiently. So, please join us as a volunteer!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – NOVEMBER 2017
- Tax Aide Assistant: With help from volunteers, we were able to complete around 220 tax returns in 2017. Tax season is right around the corner and we are seeking volunteers to participate in the AARP Tax-Aide Program. The program begins in February and runs through April. Volunteers are needed to assist our seniors with filing taxes.
- House of Welcome Meal Preparation Volunteer: Early bird volunteers are needed to help the kitchen staff provide lunch for the participants at the House of Welcome Adult Day Service. With your help, we will prepare, wrap, and label 40 sandwiches every day. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
- Mim's Shop at the Center: Mim's Shop is seeking volunteers to provide customer service, man the check-out station, and help prep donated items to be placed for sale. Volunteers are needed on Thursdays and on an as-needed basis.
- Life Stories Program Editors: Life Stories is an oral history program in which individuals can tell a personal life story or experience and record it digitally as a keepsake for themsleves or loved ones. We seek Volunteer Editors to help facilitate the program. Interviewers meet with clients for a consultation meeting and then facilitate the recording during a conversational interview. Editors then transfer the recording to a disc and edit the material. Volunteer Editors must be comfortable using a computer. Editors will receive training.
- Senior and Family Services, Office Administrative Assistance (opportunities in Niles and Northfield): Help out at our Senior and Families Services offices in Niles or Northfield. 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. Volunteers are also needed for filing and other office clerical work at our Northfield location.
- Intake Assistant: Help our busy Intake Team in the Northfield Senior and Family Services office with phone, computer, and paperwork assistance. Volunteers are needed to retrieve voicemails, create callback lists, schedule benefit appointments with clients, make follow up phone calls, and perform basic computer work. Training will be provided for our CDS computer software. Volunteers must be comfortable using the phone and computer, handling sensitive information, and talking to the public. Volunteers are asked to commit to a 3-4 hour shift one day per week. (Days and hours are flexible.)
- Social Services 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.
- Lifelong Learning Front Desk Volunteer: The Lifelong Learning Department is looking for a volunteer to sit at the front desk on an as needed basis. This person would assist customers by answering questions and providing information about programs and membership. All information would be accessed in the computer, so computer skills are required.
- Hot Dog Day Set-Up Volunteer: We are looking for 1-2 volunteers to help prepare and set up for the Men's Club Hot Dog Day that takes place on the second Tuesday of each month. Set up duties would take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Volunteers must be comfortable moving kitchen and serving items and standing for an extended period of time while working with hot food.
- 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 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.
Welcome Desk Volunteer: Greet members and visitors to North Shore Senior Center at the Welcome Desk; you are the first face they see when visiting. Help people navigate the building, tell them about that day's programming, and answer any questions they might have. Volunteers are needed Monday mornings, Friday mornings, and Wednesday afternoons.