Volunteer : Kids & Seniors

The current pandemic has reminded us of the importance of personal connection, building community and neighbors helping neighbors, all while taking precautions to keep us all safe and healthy. Our COVID requirements for volunteers are evolving with CDC and King County guidelines.

At this time, all in-person volunteers with PNA senior and youth programs are still required to be fully vaccinated and boosted, and masked indoors, against COVID-19. Please check back frequently and read our current COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.

Thank you for your patience & understanding as we work to best serve our community safely.

Chores for Seniors | Drive Seniors to Appointments, etcEarly Stage Memory Loss Programming Support | Pen Pal | Play with Kids | Teach a Class | Write/Draw Holiday Cards

Write Heartfelt Holiday Cards for Seniors

Share the love this holiday season by writing holiday cards for seniors! We will include them with our pre-Christmas meal. Heartfelt messages can include your favorite recipe, holiday tradition or wintry memory. We are in need of 100 cards. Indicate how many cards you will write & deliver to the Greenwood Senior Center in the “# volunteers field”. Cards should be delivered to the GSC by 4 pm on Monday, December 19, 2022. Thank you!

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Volunteer Driver

Provide local rides for seniors to medical appointments, the grocery store, to the coffee shop or a friend’s house.  Your own vehicle and insurance required.  Especially in need of drivers available during the work day and/or ok with dogs in your vehicle.  Background check required, minimum 6-month commitment preferred.  Learn more about volunteering with the Village.

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Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML) Programming Support

Help create a dementia-friendly community through our weekly enrichment class, the Gathering Place. Volunteers converse with class participants, assist with writing and drawing exercises and other activities, help make reminder calls, and enjoy the company of our participants. Classes are scheduled to be online on Tuesdays and in person on Thursdays (both days are 1-3 pm); volunteers typically work once a month, with occasional meetings with our staff.

Ideal candidates have some experience working with seniors or an interest in working with people with ESML, and must be at least 21 years old. Volunteer application, background check and confidentiality form required, yearlong commitment requested. Virtual volunteers must supply own device and internet connection.

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Subject Matter Experts

Share your passion or knowledge with a live audience.

Greenwood Senior Center: Do you talk about a subject to the point where your friends start to roll their eyes when you bring it up? We want you to talk about it at the GSC! And people will applaud afterwards! Sept. through Nov.

Tool Library: Share your DIY tips on a topic of your choice. Flexible times & dates.

Woodshop: Share your woodworking knowledge and creativity with shop users. Flexible times & dates.

Want to learn more or sign up? Send an email.

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Pen Pal Project

Help us connect with each other in this isolating time! Seniors needed to help kids learn the art of letter writing, practice penmanship and communicate with an adult outside their household. And get snail mail in the process! We currently have pen pals in 44 states, and are aiming to get participation from all 50 states, plus DC and Puerto Rico. Learn more and sign up here.

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Play with Kids

Support school-age kids in the classroom: play board games, art, gym/playground games, etc, at Whittier Kids. Weekly (or daily!) opportunities, between 2 and 5 pm, ideally through the school year (ends in June). Background check required.

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Adopt a Senior (or Two) with the PNA Village

Help local seniors by delivering meals and/or groceries, picking up prescriptions, helping with yardwork, walking the dog, and checking in. Aside from getting to help Gramma, the beauty of this volunteer gig is the flexibility – you get to select which opportunities work for you.

Volunteers are thoroughly vetted so you can help our members on-on-one, and in usual-times in the member’s home. Volunteers must be fully vaccinated and boosted, and healthy to serve. Tasks include the following:

  • Yardwork, gardening & lots of weeding.
  • Mow, rake and shovel snow.
  • Drive members to medical appointments, the grocery store, coffee shop, etc (your own vehicle and insurance required).
  • Walk the dog & pet care.
  • Take waste bins to the curb.
  • Home repairs & maintenance (and help seniors catch up on their to-do lists)
  • Grocery shop, pick up groceries ordered online, or pick up prescriptions.
  • Deliver prepared meals and/or order groceries online for a member.
  • Laundry.
  • Mend clothing.
  • Downsize/pack.
  • Social phone calls & activities (like playing Scrabble).

Additionally, our intake process has been modified during this time of physical distancing. Upcoming orientation sessions for new Village volunteers are currently scheduled (on Zoom):

  • Sept. 28 at 12 pm.

To get started,

  1. Read (not skim!) our PNA Village Volunteer Manual.
  2. Complete our volunteer application and be sure to select “PNA Village” under Volunteer Opportunities; background check release form; confidentiality agreement and references form.
  3. Email our Village staff to register for a volunteer training via Zoom. Trainings are held once a month and last about an hour.
  4. Submit your release form & references via our secure document upload here.
  5. Once we’ve processed your paperwork, we will email you to get you started.

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Thank you for your interest, and your patience with us as we figure out how to keep serving our neighbors while keeping our members, volunteers and staff safe and as we figure out how to work exclusively via remote (and many of us, with kids at home!). We are so fortunate to have received a significant number of inquiries, and feel great comfort in the love and support we’ve received from you. We look forward to working with you now, and when we can be within six feet of each other.

Thank you for helping us make sure physical distancing does not result in social distancing.

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