Volunteers are critical to how VPAS delivers services. Many volunteer opportunities are available based on your interest, skills, and availiability. Some volunter positions require additional training and compentency testing. Volunteer hours are based on the needs of the volunteer position and availability of the volunteer. Volunteer options vary based on Senior Center location. Options are available for one time group volunteer activities and for an ongoing regular schedule. Give an hour. Give a day. Your volunteer time makes a difference in the lives of older adults.
Volunteers help us:
- serve more people with our existing programs (like Meals on Wheels and Insurance Counseling)
- improve and expand programs delivered to Senior Center members
- enhance the services and programs we provide
Bring joy to an elder near you! Write a cheerful letter, draw a picture, or share a joke on 8.5" x 11" paper. We'll deliver it to homebound older neighbors who need a smile. This is a great activity for students, faith or civic groups, families or businesses interested in helping the community this holiday season.
"I drew a pumpkin because my Mimi and Papa love pumpkins." - Jack
- In Harrisonburg or Rockingham County, you can mail your greeting or place in the drop box at 975 S. High St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
- In the Buena Vista area, mail to Maury River Senior Center, P.O. Box 415, Buena Vista, VA 24416, or drop through the slot in the senior center's middle window facing the parking lot.
- In Staunton, Augusta Co. or Waynesboro, mail your greeting to: "Hello" Project, VPAS, 325 Pine Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 2298 or drop through the mail slot beside the brown double doors that face 12th Street.
- In Bath County, mail to or drop off at: 212 West Warm Springs Drive Warm Springs, VA 24484
- In Highland County, mail to or drop off at: Highland Senior Services, 49 Spruce St., Monterey, VA 24465
- Share your greeting from the comfort of home! Simply scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidelines: All notes and pictures will be screened by our staff to be sure they do not contain the senders’ full name, address, or phone number; no larger than 8 ½ by 11 inches, and not three-dimensional; items containing political, evangelical content or promotion of a product or business will not be shared; senders will not receive an acknowledgement from VPAS or from the recipient.
Other Volunteer Opportunities Include:
As a VPAS Community Ambassador, you'll build valuable skills and connect seniors to local resources - helping to create a caring community where older adults are celebrated.
Our training provides you with the tools you need to be informed on community resources and act as an advocate for our aging community members. As a VPAS Ambassador you will:
- Connect seniors to valuable resources
- Improve the lives of local residents
- Build skills and networking opportunities
- Engage with your community
Check out our Ambassador brochure.
Meals on Wheels
Kitchen Helpers: These volunteers work 9 am to 11 am on weekday mornings to help package meals for our Meals on Wheels recipients.
Meal Delivery: Meals on Wheels is delivered by individual community members, faith groups, business teams, and school groups. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday. Meal pickup varies by Center but is generally starts around 10:30 am. Delivery time varies by route but most routes are completed within one hour.
Frozen Meals on Wheels: Volunteers pack an assortment of meals and / or deliver frozen meals to recipients that live in more rural parts of the community. Volunteer options are available for both frozen meal packaging and delivery. Delivery dates vary depending on route.
- Fitness Instructor
- Lead craft pojects
- Musical Entertainment
- Lead a book group
- Teach a skill or hobby (languages, painting, etc.)
- Administrative (mailings, computer data entry, filing, etc.)
- Special projects (painting, sewing)
- Garden maintenance
Volunteer drivers transport older adults and persons with disabilities who do not have other transportation options to medical appointments, the grocery store, bank, and other life necessary destinations.
Health and Wellness
Trained volunteers facilitate wellness programs.
Immediate need: Matter of Balance coaches Matter of Balance addresses the fear of falling that many older adults experience. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in phsyical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. This program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Workshops consist of eight 2-hour sessions.
Medicare Insurance Counseling
Trained and certified counselors assist older adults, persons with disabilities and their caregivers understand and compare Medicare and other health insurance benefits.
Volunteers help plan and execute fundraiser activities throughout the VPAS service area.