Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia


Become a Volunteer at Senior Services!

Are you looking for a meaningful way to give back to your community but just don’t know where to start? Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia has a variety of opportunities for volunteers in Western Tidewater and the Hampton Roads metro area.

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Current Opportunities

HealthWise- Next Session Beginning in September 2021

HealthWise Volunteer to Teach Technology to 60+ Become a Virtual Coach!

Teach Adults 60+ How To Use Technology To Connect With Family, Friends, And Healthcare Providers. This program is virtual.

Coaches must be:

1. Good with technology Coaches are assigned 2 participants

2. Able to commit to volunteering 2-4 hours a week

3. Able to volunteer for 3 months Coaches Needed! Register Today at 757-524-1646

Office Associates

Senior Services has six major departments and a multitude of programs we offer to the seniors and caregivers in the area including the Western Tidewater Area. Our staff in the Franklin, Suffolk, and Norfolk offices work tirelessly to plan, support, and implement these programs to the benefit of the seniors and caregivers in those communities.

We are looking for volunteers who are skilled at MS Office, database management, and have experience in an office environment to join us as we build and improve the programs we offer. These positions need individuals who are able to learn quickly and are technologically savvy.

These opportunities are during our business hours of Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

  • Over the age of 18 or 15 with a parental waiver
  • Interested in pursuing experience or have experience in non-profit organizations
  • Ability to lift up to 10 lbs. occasionally
  • Ability to use computers and have working knowledge of MS Office (Excel and Word) as well as online web software
  • Email access preferred

Receptionist at Hayden (Franklin, VA)

Seeking energetic friendly faces to take turns welcoming residents and potential residents to our Hayden Village Center Community!  This volunteer would be responsible for answering phone inquiries and other light office duties.  We request a minimum commitment of 5 hours per week, but once you join our Hayden Family, we are certain you'll never want to leave!

Please fill out a volunteer application and note you'd like to work at Hayden Village, or contact Jillian Lewis, jlewis@ssseva.org for more information!

Senior Companions

Senior Companions are part of the National Senior Corps program, a federally funded, stipend-paid “friends-helping-friends” volunteer program.

Senior Companion Program (SCP) partners senior volunteers with adults living independently, who need companionship and a helping hand. In addition to paying a friendly visit, companions often perform a variety of tasks, such as shopping for groceries, writing a letter, or fixing a light meal. In some cases, the senior companion plays a vital role in the life of their client, providing a much-needed link from the community.

Senior Companion volunteers are matched with clients who live right in their own communities. The Senior Companion plays a vital role in the life of their client, helping them to remain independent and connected to the community.

Volunteers must be ages 55+ to join this program and are asked to contribute 20-40 hours per week to being a Companion.

Internship

We offer a variety of Internship opportunities for students preparing for careers in HR, Public Health Administration, Social Work, Dietetic, Communications and Marketing, Health Services, and Transportation Management.

Please contact Jillian Lewis at jlewis@ssseva.org, if you are interested in completing an internship with Senior Services. 

We are currently accepting internship applications for January of 2022.

Ombudsman

 If you are a diplomatic and skilled communicator who cares deeply about the quality of care and rights of those seniors and who reside in long-term care facilities, Senior Services can use your help!

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman program team serve as advocates, monitor quality-of-care, and ensure that resident’s rights are protected.

We ask our volunteer Ombudsman to commit to a one year period of service, with a minimum of 5 hours per week. Ombudsman serve seniors Monday through Friday during the day 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. 

***As of August 2021, we have been unable to resume this service due to COVID-19.  If you would like to be on our list of future Ombudsman, when nursing homes are safely able to allow outside visitors in, please email Jillian Lewis at jlewis@ssseva.org for additional information.  A training date for 2022 has not yet been set***

  • Over the age of 21
  • Reliable transportation
  • Ability to use personal computer and working knowledge of MS Office (Excel and Word)
  • Email access preferred
  • Must provide personal references
  • Must not be employed by or have financial interest in long-term care facilities or home health agencies.

 

Special Events

Senior Services has a many events throughout a typical year.  Stay tuned as more events become available.

Examples of events include:

1. United Way Day of Caring 

2. The Art of Healthy Aging Coming in Spring of 2022

3. Western Tidewater Art of Healthy Aging Coming in Fall of 2022

Volunteer Benefits Counselors 2022

Senior Services volunteer benefits counselors provide advice to seniors about their insurance options. Everything from filing or resolving Medicare, Medicaid, or other medical claims to answering questions about the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefits. Our volunteer Benefits Counselors are part of the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP).

Volunteers are provided training on how to counsel seniors about their insurance as well as specific training courses on the information we provide to seniors.

At the end of the training all benefit counselors become certified benefit counselors by passing the comprehensive test. After you become certified, you will set up meetings with seniors and their caregivers to guide them and answer their questions.

Beginning in January of 2022, we will be accepting applications for 2022 open enrollment counselors. 

We ask volunteers to commit to a one year period, with a minimum of 5 hours per week to take place Monday - Friday between 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. 

  • Over the age of 18
  • Interested in pursuing experience or have experience in Medicare/insurance field
  • Sensitivity in working with vulnerable populations
  • Team mentality and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to lift up to 10 lbs.
  • Email access preferred
  • Ability to use computers and have working knowledge of MS Office (Excel and Word) as well as online web software
  • Cannot be a licensed insurance agent

 

Volunteer Meal Drivers - Delivering meals to Wellness Centers

Volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels pick up meals in coolers and bags from our local supply center deliver the meals to one (or multiple) Wellness Centers. Seniors come together at the Wellness Centers for socialization and nutrition. Volunteers are welcome to visit with the seniors at the center after delivering the meals to the Wellness staff. 

Our volunteer drivers serve Monday through Friday on days of their choice from 10:30 am -12:30 pm.

We are looking for individuals who can commit to volunteering at least once a week to delivering meals to Wellness Centers.

***As of August 2021, we have not resumed this service due to COVID-19.  If you would like to be on our list of future meal deliveries, or if you are interested in joining a Meals on Wheels Delivery team, please email Jillian Lewis at jlewis@ssseva.org for additional information.***

  • Over the age of 21
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Meals are transported in personal vehicles
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. occasionally
  • Email access preferred
  • Cell phone access

Comfort Calls

Senior Services is a Meals on Wheels member organization providing meals to seniors who are isolated and would not be provided for without these meals.

Comfort Call volunteers make calls to the home-bound seniors who receive Meals on Wheels  to check on their well-being and health. They ensure seniors are receiving all scheduled meal deliveries and ask for the seniors to provide feedback on their experience.

Volunteers can sign up to call 10 – 25 seniors a week and each call ranges between 2-10+ minutes depending on the senior’s social engagement and availability. Calls can be made to seniors Monday through Saturday between 9:30 am – 6:00 pm.

***As of August 2021, we are at max capacity for this type of volunteer.  If you would like to be on our list of future Comfort Callers, please email Jillian Lewis at jlewis@ssseva.org for additional information.***

  • Over the age of 21
  • Ability to use personal computer and working knowledge of MS Office (Excel and Word)

Wellness Class Leaders

Wellness classes are scheduled in 6 to 10 week sessions around the community for seniors. These evidence based classes support seniors in aging well and living healthy lives independently. While some classes include light exercises, most are focused on providing seniors education about wellness. 

Volunteer Class Leaders may choose to schedule their own classes and recruit seniors to sign up or have the Wellness Coordinator at Senior Services schedule the classes for them at local wellness centers.

We have five classes volunteers can become leaders for: Bingocize, Matter of Balance, Chronic Disease Self-Management, Chronic Pain Self-Management, and Diabetes Self-Management. You can learn more about these classes online at SSSEVA Wellness Classes

We ask volunteers to commit to teaching at least 1 class (each class is a 6-10 week commitment) each year. These classes can be scheduled Monday-Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

***As of August 2021, we are at max capacity for this year's instructor training for Chronic Disease Self-Management, Chronic Pain Self-Management, and Diabetes Self-Management.  If you would like to be on our wait list of future instructors, please email Jillian Lewis at jlewis@ssseva.org for additional information.***

 

  • Over the age of 18
  • Interested in pursuing wellness programs
  • Ability to lift up to 10 lbs.
  • Email access preferred

A. Steps to becoming a volunteer at SSSEVA

Activity Shifts Start End
1. Online Agency Orientation 1
2. Phone call with Volunteer Engagement Specialist 1
3. Interview with program supervisor for chosen opportunity 1
4. Training with program supervisor 1
5.1 Training: HIPAA and APS Training 1
5.2 MyImpact Profile Training: How to signup online to volunteer at SSSEVA 1
5.3 MyImpact Profile Training: How to log your volunteer hours 1
5.4 MyImpact Profile Training: How to upload a file to your profile 1

HealthCoach

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HealthCoach Volunteer 1

Vision, Mission, and Values

Senior Services advocates for seniors each and every day.

Mission: To provide seniors and their caregivers with access to programs and services so they may live their lives with choice and dignity in their communities

Vision: We envision a community that empowers, respects, and values seniors and their caregivers.

Values: Act with courage, Create trust, Exhibit respect, Deliver results

 Service Enterprise Certified

At SSSEVA, we are invested in our volunteers. We have worked hard to become certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise.

A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills throughout their organization to successfully deliver on its social mission.

Our Service Enterprise Initiative Mission:

“Senior Services is an organization where volunteers are an integral asset in the leadership, operations, and resource development.”

Our Volunteer Engagement Goal:

”Senior Services involves volunteers to engage skills, experiences, and talents beyond what our excellent staff brings to our organization. Volunteers are essential to many of the services we offer to the community and exponentially increase our ability to meet our vision, mission, and goal.”

SEI Certified