Helping Older Adults
Senior Center Descriptions of Volunteer Opportunities
Unless otherwise specified, please contact the Lafayette Senior Center at 303-665-9052 for questions about any of the following volunteer opportunities.
- Front Office Reception / Customer Service: Answer and screen phone calls; process walk-in registrations; greet and meet the public; answer questions and provide information; computer skills and copier experience beneficial, but will train. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 12:30pm or 12:30pm to 5pm. Substitute volunteers needed for summer and holiday seasons. Minimum age is 21.
- Home-Bound Delivery: Volunteers deliver library materials to residents who are unable to visit the library due to age, health, or disability issues. Contact the Lafayette Public Library at 303-665-5200, extension 3852 for more information.
- Inter-Generational Programs: We are seeking individuals who are interested in working and playing with our youth. We are also looking for volunteers who can give time to our community’s frail and elderly.
- On-Call Volunteers: Interested adults are needed for our year-round inter-generational programs. Many activities include matching skills, abilities and talents with children in our Recreation Center programs. Examples include hiking, cooking classes, kite flying, bowling, arts and crafts, fishing, and woodworking to name a few. Many of these programs are seasonal or holiday related and generally meet once a month for one hour.
- Senior Center Committee Positions: The Lafayette Senior Advisory Board is in need of any interested persons to sit on their various committees. They include fundraising, publicity, wellness coalition, special events, special projects (which are generally very short-term), and membership drives. Some committees meet only once or twice while others meet more often. Some committee work may be done during evening hours or at home. Consider volunteering your talents and skills to any one of these committees.
- Seniors and Kids Together: After school volunteers are needed to play, assist and work with grade school age children (6 - 11 years old) once per month during the school year. Activities include crafts, science projects, board and card games, and outdoor games such as croquet and miniature golf. Mentors are also needed one-on-one to help students with schoolwork (usually math, spelling, or reading).
- Teen Chores: Interested young adults are needed for this very new and worthwhile program. Provide yard clean up and maintenance for older home-bound adults. Child labor laws are followed, and two or more adult staff members provide supervision. Supplies and refreshments are always available.
- Van Drivers for Day Trips: Duties include the safe driving to and from a variety of local and metro area destinations. Summer trips include some mountains and longer distance daylong trips. The driver is often the escort on these trips too, meaning they work very closely with our programming staff, coordinating entry into the events, confirming all information is correct, and taking individuals to and from their homes as needed. Trips vary in time from two or so hours up to an all-day event. Evenings and weekends also included. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, provide proof of recent driving records, and be a licensed Colorado driver. Hours are very flexible depending on volunteer's personal availability and interest in the trips.