Your unique set of skills, talents, and experience is exactly the expertise that the Center needs to make a real difference in our community. Whether your interest is in teaching a course, applying your skills behind the scenes managing our programs, or directly reaching out to serve others, there is a place waiting for you at The Shepherd’s Center. We know how important your time is, and we value it. We’ll work with you to find a schedule that fits your life and allows you the flexibility that you need, while offering you a meaningful way to get involved. Together, we make an impact on some of the most important (and often forgotten) social issues, like inadequate transportation for seniors.
Each individual who offers his or her talents, time, and heart to The Shepherd’s Center brings a unique perspective and experience. We are an organization made up almost entirely of volunteers. To work with us is to contribute to who and what we are. Your lifetime of experience is precisely the talent that we need! Winston Churchill said it best: “We make a living by what we get…we make a life by what we give.” Please consider volunteering with us!
Please take a look at the brief descriptions below which will give you a sense of what is needed, and what you might like to discuss with us further.
Services for Seniors
Driver: Provide round-trip transportation to medical appointments between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Volunteer on your own schedule. Choose when, where and who you will drive. Select assignments using our online Ride Scheduling program. It is SO easy to fit volunteering into your active lives. Our clients are able-bodied, interesting, cheerful folks who can get around on their own. They just don’t drive anymore, and are so appreciative of the friendly assistance given to them. Click here for a detailed job description.
Grocery Shopping: Either go shopping for those unable to shop for themselves or take an individual to the grocery store.
Handyman (or woman): Help with minor home repairs that generally include light plumbing, electrical, carpentry or perhaps just a light bulb change. Use your own tools. Clients pay for the cost of materials.
Education Committee Create and manage the academic curriculum for our Lifelong Learning programs. Contribute to the acquisition of instructors and speakers – help to keep the schedule exciting and engaging!
Travel Contribute to planning, managing and conducting day trips and multi-day tours for groups of 20-30 people.
Teacher Teach an 8 week continuous course. 50 minute classes, once a week for eight weeks, on the topic of your choosing.
Special Topics Lecturer Be a part of a lecture series by contributing one or more, 50 minute presentations on the topic of your choosing.
Lunch Speaker Present a 45 minute talk on the topic of your choosing at the lunch hour, 12:30 to 1:15 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.
Open University Assistant Help manage the registration desk, record student attendance and payments, see to name tags and direct participants (2-3 hours per day, once a week) or serve in the kitchen to organize refreshments for lunch time speaker participants (2 hours per day, once a week).
Open University Equipment Management Manage the set up of electronic equipment (TV & DVD players, slide projectors, screens and laptop computers for Power Point presentations) as needed for instructors.
Other Committee & Team Work
Committees and teams are at the heart of everything that happens at the Center. We need your wisdom and experience!
CLIENT SERVICES Oversee and guide existing services for area seniors and help formulate new services.
FINANCE Budget and investment management for the organization.
HOSPITALITY Help to plan, supervise and carry out annual volunteer celebration and other social events as they arise.
PUBLIC RELATIONS Help arrange advertising and marketing for the organization. Help us spread the word so we are NOT the best kept secret in Richmond.
SPEAKERS BUREAU Our speakers bureau is for people who love to spread the word about The Shepherd’s Center. Be a part of the team that makes presentations to various groups about who we are and what we offer.
Click here for the Volunteer Application.
If you have further questions, please contact the office.
We’d love to hear from you!