“Designed by, with and for older adults, The Shepherd’s Center empowers participants to use their wisdom, skills and talents to create opportunities for themselves and others.”
TSCOR is comprised almost entirely of volunteers: they make us who we are. Each individual contributes their unique perspective and experience making us greater than the sum of our parts. We would not exist without our volunteers!
- Driver – provide rides for clients to medical appointments and grocery stores. Clients are seniors 60 and older. They’re mobile and may have canes or walkers, but don’t use wheelchairs. They live independently, but for various reasons, no longer drive. Volunteering is easy. Volunteers choose who, when and where to drive using online scheduling. Pick up a client, drive them to their appointment, stay nearby until they’re finished and drive them home again. Grocery shopping is done either with or without the client. Watch a video of the volunteer driving experience here.
- Handyman – help with minor home repairs and “Honey-Do” lists. Fix dripping faucets, change light bulbs, replace fire alarm batteries, etc. Light carpentry. No major plumbing, electrical work, roofing, or lawn care. Use your own tools. Clients reimburse volunteers for cost of materials.
- Friendly Caller – connect with clients who benefit from hearing a friendly voice in their life and feeling a much-needed sense of connection.
- Lifelong Learning Instructor – share your knowledge and experience with students of our lifelong learning programs. Teachers provide instruction for 1 hour classes, lecturers contribute 1 hour talks, and lunch speakers give 45 minute presentations. Select a topic of your choosing. Lifelong learning programs are held during three, eight-week sessions in the fall, winter and spring.
- Lifelong Learning Assistants
- Front desk reception: welcome and direct students, respond to inquiries and accept payments and registrations
- Hospitality: provide and organize refreshments during the lunch hour
- A/V: set-up equipment and prepare media resources for instructors’ use. Work with laptops, flash drives, connectors, projectors, screens, TVs, VCRs, and DVD players.
- Travel – contribute to the planning and execution of local trips and overnight tours. The Shepherd’s Center has new access to a 25 passenger bus and is excited to grow this program going forward!
Prefer to work in a team environment? Bring your work expertise and life experience to these committees.
- Client Services – guide and develop services for clients such as transportation, handyman and friendly caller programs
- Development – build donor relationships and create avenues for financial support
- Diversity – grow inclusive diversity within the center and the community we serve
- Education – coordinate the academic curriculum for our lifelong learning programs
- Finance – oversee the center’s budget and investment management
- Hospitality – contribute to the planning of our Annual Volunteer Celebration: catering, decorations, themes, awards and volunteer recognition
- Membership – support growth through membership recruitment, engagement and retention
- Public Relations – promote the programs and services of the center across a variety of media
- Speaker’s Bureau – speak to local organizations about our mission and increase awareness of who we are and how we benefit our community
If you’re interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact the office at (804) 355-7282 and ask to speak with a member of the staff. We’d love for you to become a part of TSCOR!