Someday you will be a senior citizen and you will appreciate one of these volunteers yourself . So try and make a difference in the life of a senior today, and when your turn comes, you might just appreciate it a lot more. If you can relate with senior citizens and really want to make a difference in a life, one of these senior citizen volunteer opportunities may be a perfect fit for you . You do not need to be a Health Care Professional for most of the opportunities, just a concerned adult who wants to make a difference in a persons life. Volunteers come and go. If the agency you contact does not need anyone at the moment, they will keep your information on file. They always need to replace Senior Citizen volunteers who cannot fulfill the obligations or just do not fit the bill. These are very intensive opportunities , and can be stressful at times, but when you make a change in someone’s life, or maybe even save a life, it makes it all worth while.
Current Events Discussion Leader
Director Of Volunteer Services
132 West 31st Street, 10th Floor
New York, New York 10001
The JASA West Side Senior Center, New York is currently looking for a volunteer to lead their current events discussion group.
Volunteers must be able to commit to leading a regular discussion at the center at least twice a month during Center hours, ( M-F, 11AM-2PM ), and have knowledge of currents events, politics and arts and culture.
Coordinator of Volunteers, (212) 874-3750 , ext. 16,
The seniors live throughout the Upper West Side of New York. Volunteers offer companionship and conversation to seniors who are often lonely and forgotten. Volunteers may also escort a senior outside for a walk or to neighborhood stores; shop and/or do errands for a senior; read to a visually impaired senior; and perhaps play scrabble or other word games; teach basic computer skills; organize papers or write some letters. All it takes is an hour or two a week to make a difference in someone’s life. Schedules are worked out between volunteers and their senior. Wheelchair experience can sometimes be helpful, but not a requirement. They would like minimum commitment of 6 months
Volunteer Computer Teachers
Jennie Smith, Intergeneration/Volunteer Coordinator,
(212) 879-7400 ext. 105
351 East 74th Street
New York, New York 10021
The Cyber Café at the Burden Center of New York is looking for folks who are interested in teaching all levels of computer classes to seniors. Classes range from basics to excel to the internet. Volunteers must have basic computer knowledge, patience, and a desire to be with seniors
Befriend and Escort Physically Challenged Seniors
Volunteer Coordinator, Senior Services,
(212) 360-7620 , ext. 45,
415 East 93rd Street (First Ave.)
New York, New York 10128
Escort physically challenged seniors to/from the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, medical appointments, visits with friends, and other appointments. One round trip per month for at least six months. If the volunteer is willing to, he/she can volunteer more hours. The visit will be arranged at the convenience of the volunteer and senior.