Volunteer Opportunities

    Agencies Providing Services to Older Adults

    Acacia Adult Day Services
    Volunteer Opportunities: Acacia has an ongoing need for activity volunteers, students, and interns in human services, psychology, and health related fields on a regular basis. Entertainment volunteers, such as those with musical skills, are in demand. Volunteers are needed to help with mailings, food service,and special events including holidays. A TB test is required. Training is provided. For further information, please call Kathy Huffstetler, Community Resource Coordinator, at 714-530-1566.
    Contact Name: Kathy Huffstetler, Community Resource Coordinator
    Phone Number: 714-530-1566
    Email Address: khuffstetler@acacia-services.org
    Website: www.acacia-services.org
    Acacia Adult Day Services, a nonprofit agency founded in 1979,provides adult day care and adult day health care for frail elderly adults and people with Alzheimer's and other physical disabilities at locations in Garden Grove and Cypress. Both sites are open weekdays.

    Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County
    Volunteer Opportunities: Support Group Leaders, Serving on a committee, Speaker's Bureau, Photographer, Event committees, Service, Computer Operations, or Ideas of your own. TRAINING IS PROVIDED!
    Volunteer Coordinator: Melissa Crase
    Phone Number: 949-955-9000 EXT 3710
    Director of Special Events: 949-955-9000 EXT 3704
    Website: www.alzoc.org
    The Alzheimer's Association of Orange County relies on its volunteers to assist in the office, lead support groups, advocate for public policy change, serve on the Speaker's Bureau, assist with special events, and generally raise awareness about the disease and the needs of families affected by Alzheimer's.


    Alzheimer' Family Services Center
    Volunteer Opportunities Assist with activities such as food services, events, and administrative support. Volunteers with special talents such as event planning or musical abilities are especially desired. Interns in human services and health-related fields are also welcome. A TB test and health screening are required. Training is provided.
    Volunteer Coordinator:  Aimee Ruiz
    Phone Number: (714) 593-9630
    Email Address: aruiz@afscenter.org
    Website:  www.afscenter.org
    Alzheimer's Family Services Center (AFSC), located in Huntington Beach, has helped improve the quality of life for families challenged by Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other dementias through expert daily care and family support tailored to meet individual needs.

    American Red Cross - Blood Services
    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to assist during blood drives
    Contact Name: Greg Thiel
    Phone Number: 800-498-9910 EXT 4
    Email Address: thielg@usa.redcross.org
    Website: www.redcrossblood.org/

    Council on Aging - Caring Connections Friendly Visitor Program
    Volunteer O4pportunities: Volunteer one hour per week to make a difference in the life of an older or disabled person. A three-hour friendly visitor training session is offered to volunteers once a month.
    Field Services Coordinator: Luz Elena Fernandez 714-479-0107 Ext 236
    lefernandez@coaoc.org
    Call if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.
    Website: www.coaoc.org
    The Caring Connections Program offers trained visitors to frail older adults and persons with disabilities who may have little contact with the outside world. Monthly volunteer trainings are offered to interested individuals who want to make a difference in the life of someone who might otherwise be forgotten. Caring Connections is the only countywide friendly visitor program in Orange County who visits older adults and persons with disabilities.

    Council on Aging - Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

    Volunteer Opportunities: The Long-Term Ombudsman Service is the only federal and state mandated program to advocate for the 30,000 Orange County residents in 1,100 nursing and residential care facilities for the elderly. Ombudsmen work to resolve problems and concerns of individual residents by creating a presence through regular unannounced visits, monitoring conditions and care, and providing a voice for those unable to speak for themselves.
    What is the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program?: Ombudsmen receive and investigate an average of 3,000 complaints per year; these run the gamut of issues from complaints about cold food to alleged sexual abuse. Our Ombudsman program is the mandated reporting agency for any suspected abuse that occurs in licensed long-term care facilities.
    How can I learn more about the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program? Patricia Moran-Johnson 714-479-0107 Ext. 216 Call if you are interested in learning how to become an advocate for the frail elderly in licensed long-term care facilities in Orange County.
    Ombudsman Program Coordinator Kathleen Weidner 714-479-0107 Ext. 214
    kweidner@coaoc.org
    Co-Coordinator: Shelley Woolery 714-479-0107 Ext. 213
    swoolery@coaoc.org
    Website: www.coaoc.org

    The Council on Aging-Orange County, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program offers free training to qualified volunteers who complete the mandated California State Long-Term Care Ombudsman 36 hour training course and 12 hours of field mentoring prior to certification by the state. There is a fee to cover printing costs of $50 (scholarships are available). Call if you are interested in helping residents to maintain or improve their quality of life in a skilled nursing home or residential care facility through advocacy, mediation, complaint-investigation, and resolution.

    Council on Aging - ReConnect Socialization Services Program

    Volunteer Opportunities: Provide supportive companionship to isolated adults who are reintegrating into the community. 2 ½ hour training for Partners for Active Living is offered to volunteers once a month.
    Community Relations Coordinator: Jena Reeder (714) 479-0107 Ext 260
    jreeder@coaoc.org
    Call if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.
    Website: www.coaoc.org
    The ReConnect Socialization Program provides services to adults 26 and over who are isolated by incorporating healthy and meaningful activities into their lifestyles. Volunteers play an essential role in helping the participants develop their social skills.

    Community SeniorServ
    Volunteer Opportunities: Various opportunities in Orange County Serving Seniors and their families.
    Contact Name: Theresa Powell, Volunteer Manager
    Phone Number: 714-220-0224 ext 209
    Email Address: volunteer@communityseniorserv.com

    Formed 32 years ago, Community SeniorServ provides a broad spectrum of services for seniors to enhance their physical and mental well being. These activities include case management, a homemaker registry, home delivered meals to over 750 elderly people, congregate meals for over 1200 seniors, a Friendly Visitor program as well as the day care programs.



    OC Hospice 
    Volunteer Opportunities: OC Hospice is looking for compassionate, caring volunteers to help with the following: Companionship, household chores, office support, spiritual support.
    Contact Name: Jeanne Gormick, Director of Volunteers
    Phone Number 1-800-658-5877
    Email Address: jeanne@ochospice.com
    OC Hospice provides nursing services, physician services, drugs, and biologicals to adults with life-limiting illnesses, including cancer, stroke, heart disease, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Alzheimer’s, AIDS and more. 

    Orange Police Department

    Volunteer Opportunities: Y.A.N.A. (You Are Not Alone) Program
    Contact Name: Deborah Klein, Volunteer Coordinator
    Phone Number: 714-774-7328
    Email Address: volunteer@orangepd.org
    Y.A.N.A. is designed to provide a measure of security and well-being for elderly people with a visit from Police Department Volunteers. This may be the only contact a person has with others. The Volunteers offer critical support by linking them with appropriate resources and services.

    Rebuilding Together Orange County
    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed in many capacities from clerical support to hammering a nail.
    Phone Number: 714-667-8174
    Email Address: RTSoCal@aol.com
    Website: rtsocal.org for all Southern California Affiliates
    Rebuilding Together Orange County (formerly Christmas in April), an affiliate of Rebuilding Together USA—the nation’s largest volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and revitalizing low-income houses throughout the nation. Their mission is to enable low income homeowners, particularly the elderly and disabled, to remain in their own homes for as long as they are able, living in warmth, safety, independence, and with dignity.

    Regency Hospice
    Volunteer Opportunities: Duties for volunteers include various forms of assistance and comfort, such as providing quality time with our patients by providing interaction through conversation, reading a book, writing a letter, or holding one's hand. Other duties might include providing assistance to the family in running errands or house chores. There may also be a need for volunteers assisting with office needs, i.e., light clerical. Training is provided for our volunteers.
    Phone Number: 714-899-3398
    Email Address: paulregency@yahoo.com
    Regency Hospice provides care for patients and families facing a life-limiting illness. At the center of our hospice care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. We at Regency Hospice offer both our patients, who no longer benefit from curative treatment, and their families high quality, compassionate care.

    Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Orange County
    Volunteer Opportunities: Thrift Stores: Assist in merchandising items, cashiers, and other tasks. Council Offices: Administrative tasks and project management. Production Center: Receive, sort, evaluate, price and merchandise donated items for sale in thrift stores. Institute for Conflict Management: Trains and manages volunteer mediators. Second Harvest Food Bank: Receive, sort and distribute food to nearly 400 authorized agencies throughout Orange County. Winter Cold Weather Shelters - visit our website to get detailed information on all of our volunteer opportunities.
    Phone Number: 714-288-5600
    Website: www.svdpoc.org

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    Senior and Community Centers

    Each center has a variety of tasks for volunteers. There may be a need for home meal drivers, assistance at the congregate meal site, clerical and special events assistance, or help with computer instruction.

    City of Anaheim Community Services
    Volunteer Opportunities: Assistance in the following programs: The Anaheim Therapeutic Recreation Program, Community Centers, Senior Programs, Youth Programs, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Special events and Libraries.
    Contact Name: Denise Durkin, Volunteer Coordinator
    Phone Number: 714-765-3906
    Email Address: DDurkin@Anaheim.net
    The purpose of the City of Anaheim Community Services Department's Volunteer Office, is to enhance and expand programs through volunteer support. In addition to our volunteer opportunities we also offer college students internships.

    Meals on Wheels - Anaheim
    Volunteer Opportunities: Drivers, using own vehicle, approximately 2 hours around noontime, one day Monday through Friday, every other week.
    Phone Number: 714-774-4241
    Deliver nutritious meals (hot meal for lunch, cold meal and milk for evening) to homebound residents of Anaheim.

    Brea Senior Center
    Volunteer Opportunities: Gift Shop, Lunch Program, Computer Tutoring, Exercise Program Assistant, Conversational Italian Instructor, Home Delivered Meals Program, Office Clerk positions.
    Contact Name: Deni Tidland, Senior Director
    Phone Number: 714-990-7751
    Email Address: denit@ci.brea.ca.us
    Website: www.ci.brea.ca.us

    Buena Park Senior Center
    Volunteer Opportunities: Special Events: i.e. Health Fairs, Volunteer Recognition, Fashion Show and Tea, Super Senior Saturday Computer Lab Instructor: Basic computering, all the way to advanced, digital camera, power point, etc. Will train, but having patience and a warm smile is a priority (Lab open Monday - Friday)
    Contact Name: Kim Garber
    Phone Number: 714-236-3870
    Email Address: kgarber@buenapark.com
    Volunteers must do a variety of duties, direct people to correct areas, provide information, and work in the kitchen serving cookies and punch. Must be energetic, sociable and especially - kind.

    Cypress Senior Center
    Volunteer Opportunities: Home Delivered Meals (driving or walking) Nutrition Program (dining room, kitchen, reservation desk) Volunteer Instructors for Classes: Computers, Spanish, and other areas of interest Reception Desk: Office work, i.e. answer phones, greet people, provide information, assist staff with mail and other projects Special Events: Variety of jobs depending on the event Commodities: Package and assist with dispersing food for commodities distribution
    Contact Name: Joan Bardin, Recreation Coordinator
    Phone Number: 714-229-2005
    Email Address: jbardin@ci.cypress.ca.us
    Website: www.ci.cypress.ca.us

    Fullerton Senior Multi-Service Center
    Volunteer Opportunities: Various , call for information and opportunities
    Contact Name: Vickie Wiles
    Phone Number: 714-738-6305
    Email Address: vickiew@ci.fullerton.ca.us
    Website: www.cityoffullerton.com/depts/parks_n_recreation/seniors/default.asp

    H. Louis Lake Senior Center
    Volunteer Opportunities: Assist at front desk, greet new people at the welcome table, deliver meals to the homebound, serve the daily lunch meal at the center, teach classes and serve in many other ways.
    Contact Name: Mona Soares, Assistant Supervisor
    Phone Number: 714-741-5253
    Email Address: monas@ci.garden-grove.ca.us
    Website: www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us
    Volunteers are a vital aspect to the senior center. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, we have something for you.

    Huntington Beach- Michael Rodgers Senior Outreach
    Volunteer Opportunities: Transportation Program Drivers, Friendly Visitors, Deliver Meals to homes, Deliver Holiday Meals (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day and Easter), Special Events and Office Support.
    Contact Name: Diane Swarts, Volunteer Services Coordinator
    Phone Number: 714-374-1544
    Email Address: DSwarts@surfcity-hb.org

    Irvine Community Senior Services (Lakeview and Rancho Senior Centers)
    Volunteer Opportunities: Outreach services, lunch program, recreation, education, mentoring, fitness center, newspaper translation, and special events.
    Contact Name: Ellen Jones , Volunteer Facilitator
    Phone Number: 949-724-6900 ext. 6904
    Email Address: ejones@ci.irvine.ca.us
    Website: www.irvineseniors.org

    Mission Viejo-Norman P. Murray Senior Center
    Volunteer Opportunities: Various
    Contact Name: Jean Arnold
    Phone Number: 949-470-3062
    Email Address: jarnold@cityofmissionviejo.org
    Website: cityofmissionviejo.org/DepartmentPage

    Oasis Senior Center - City of Newport Beach
    Volunteer Opportunities: various opportunities
    Contact Name: Celeste Jardine-Haug
    Phone Number: 949-644-3244
    Email Address: chaug@city.newport-beach.ca.us
    Website: www.newportbeachca.gov

    Orange Senior Center
    Volunteer Opportunities: Meals on Wheels drivers
    Contact Name: Keith Regan, Director or Gretchen Snyder
    Phone Number: 714-538-9633
    Email Address: regan@orangeseniorcenter.org
    Website: www.orangeseniorcenter.org

    Placentia Senior Center
    Volunteer Opportunities: Bread Distribution Assistant Entertainment TLC Dining Room Assistant Casino Trips Lead person Center Craft & Arts Lead person Front Desk Receptionist TLC Assistant/Front Desk Maintenance Lead person Food Distribution Assistant
    Contact Name: Eddie Figueroa, Senior Center Coordinator
    Phone Number: 714-986-2332
    Email Address: dfigueroa@placentia.org

    Santa Ana Senior Center
    Volunteer Opportunities: We have an urgent need for volunteers for our “Homebound Lunches Delivery.” Other positions that are available are: Facility Attendant, Receptionist, Coffee-Bar Attendant & Bingo Caller. We need recycled grocery bags for our commodity program.
    Contact Name: Gloria Alvarado, Center Leader
    Phone Number: 714-647-6540
    Email Address: galvarado@ci.santa-ana.ca.us

    Sea Country Senior and Community Center (Laguna Niguel)
    Volunteer Opportunities: Special events, committees, crafts and computer instructors
    Contact Name: Lauren Cooper, Senior Recreation Director
    Phone Number: 949-425-5100 X 109
    Email Address: lccooper@ci.laguna-niguel.ca.us
    Website: www.ci.laguna-niguel.ca.us

    Tustin Area Senior Center
    Volunteer Opportunities: Receptionists, gift shop, lunch program, outreach program, special events, food distribution, water bill stuffers, computer tutors.
    Contact Name: Marilyn Esposito or Vanessa Arizaga
    Phone Number: Marilyn: 714-573-3340 or Vanessa: 714-573-3347
    Email Address: mesposito@tustinca.org or varizaga@tustinca.org
    Website: www.tustinca.org

    Westminster Senior Center
    Volunteer Opportunities: Dining Room, Coffee Table, Home Delivered Meals Drivers, Special Events, Display case, Bingo Callers, Project SHUE (Intergenerational Program), and Crafts.
    Contact Name: Mary Andrusky, Volunteer Coordinator
    Phone Number: 714-895-2878
    Email Address: maryan@ci.westminster.ca.us

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    Other Volunteer Opportunities

    AARP
    Volunteer Opportunities: AARP Advocacy, AARP Chapters, AARP Driver Safety Program, AARP Grief and Loss Programs, AARP Tax-Aide Program, AARP Volunteer Leadership.
    Contact Name: Debbie Dalton
    Phone Number: (626) 585-2631
    Email Address: ddalton@aarp.org
    Website: www.aarp.org/volunteer
    AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to making life better for people 50 and over. We provide information and resources; engage in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy; assist members in serving their communities; and offer a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members. These include AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; Segunda Juventud, our quarterly newspaper in Spanish; NRTA our quarterly newsletter for National Retired Teachers Association Members; and our Web site, www.aarp.org. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Children First: Hands Across Generation
    Volunteer Opportunities: Work with low-income children to help improve their vocabulary and language and problem solving skills.
    Contact Name: Lan Nguyen
    Phone Number: 949-474-5884
    Email Address: LNguyen@meragefoundations.com
    Website: http://www.merage.org/
    A Merage Foundation was founded to help skilled retirees make a positive, meaningful contribution to the learning abilities and development of low-income children in Orange County. The mission is to bring these two groups together to expand developmental opportunities and enhance quality of life for low-income children.

    County of Orange
    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer services are required in a variety of areas including mentoring, tour guides, computer assistance, library services, mediation and help with environmental projects.
    Contact Name: Jane Dawson
    Phone Number: 714-834-7440
    Email Address: jane.dawson@ocgov.com
    Website: www.ocgov.com/gov/volunteer/opportunities

    The Friendly Center
    Volunteer Opportunities: Academic tutoring, Receptionist, Assistance with Senior Citizen Program
    Program Director Cynthia Drury
    Email address Cynthia.friendly@sbcglobal.net
    Phone Number: 714-771-5300
    Executive Director: Cathy Seelig
    Phone Number: 714-771-5300
    Email Address: cathy.friendly@sbcglobal.net
    Volunteers are a vital part of The Friendly Center's programs and services. Volunteer tutors commit to a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule tutoring children one on one or two on one from 3 to 6 in the afternoon. Volunteer receptionist needs to be bilingual, answer phones and assist walk-in clients, hours are flexible. Volunteers in our Senior Citizen Program assist with serving lunch and helping with activities Monday through Friday from 10am to 1pm.

    Garden Grove Police Department
    Volunteer Opportunities: V.I.P. (Volunteers In Policing) Program
    Contact Name: Susan Crook, Volunteer Coordinator
    Phone Number: 714-741-5459
    Email Address: susanc@ci.garden-grove.ca.us
    The program is comprised of citizens from 18 years old to their mid-80's who provide volunteer support in 30 different regular assignments for the department. We require a one year and four hour a week minimum commitment. In addition, Volunteers assist with several community programs, projects and events.

    KIDWORKS
    Volunteer Opportunities: Academic assistance and mentoring, homework help, computer instruction, etc.
    Contact Name: Coleman - Volunteer Coordinator
    Phone Number: 714-834-9400 X 107
    Email Address: coleman@kidworksonline.org
    Website: www.kidworksonline.org
    KIDWORKS exists to restore at-risk neighborhoods one life at a time. We do this by empowering students, ages 4 -18, through academic assistance and mentoring. At our centers, we offer a school-readiness program for preschoolers every morning and after-school homework help, tutoring and computer instruction for students from K-12th grade.

    OneOC (formally Volunteer Center of Orange County)
    Volunteer Opportunities: RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program)
    Contact Name: Ursula Walsh or Sonja Peterson
    Phone Number: 714-953-5757 (Ursula) or 714-953-5757 X 150 (Sonja)
    Email Address: uwalsh@oneoc.org or speterson@oneoc.org
    Website: www.oneoc.org
    RSVP invites adults to put their experience to work solving problems close to home. Whether teaching children or adults to read, creating a recycling program, or providing much needed support to non-profit agencies, RSVP volunteers are making their communities stronger. If you enjoy working with others to solve community problems, please call today.
    THINK Together
    Volunteer Opportunities: Various opportunities related to assisting children academically
    Contact Name: Tom Linnert , Director of Volunteer Development
    Phone Number: 714-543-3807 ext. 204
    Email Address: tlinnert@thinktogether.org
    Website: www.thinktogether.org/
    THINK Together volunteers assist academically at-risk youth by providing homework assistance and educational support so that the student achieves academic success in the classroom. Volunteers help student with homework as well as assist with activities that improve a student's reading and math skills. Volunteers read stories as well as listen to the children read aloud. Some volunteers assist with computer activities, arts and craft projects as well as other enrichment activities that promote character development and social responsibility.

    YMCA
    Volunteer Opportunities: A variety of opportunities working with youth
    Contact Name: Laura Munoz
    Phone Number: 714-549-9622
    Email Address: lmunoz@ymcaoc.net
    Website: ymcaoc.org
    Opportunities are available for volunteers to work with youth in afterschool programs, tutoring, mentoring, coaching, through service-learning/community projects, week-long resident (away) camps, and during special one-day events. We also have opportunities for volunteers to work with adults (developmentally-disabled) on overnight trips and active older adults through the fitness programs.

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