Enrich the Lives of our Elders!

  • Portland, OR, US

Visit www.voaor.org/volunteer for a list of VOA orientation sessions and email kstark@voaor.org to RSVP.

After orientation, you will be connected with staff at our Lambert House Adult Day Center for a tour and shadow shift to get to know our staff and participants.

You can enhance the quality of life our elders through validating their experience, breaking their isolation, sharing laughter, and building a friendship that can change their life, and yours! All it takes is availability for a few hours each week on weekdays between the hours of10am – 3pm.

Entry-Level Opportunities:

Activity Assistant: Have limited availability, but want to join the fun? Adopt just one or several activities run by our staff Activities Coordinator, and provide the extra hands and smiles our participants need to have a great time

  • Art therapy Wednesday afternoons
  • Exercise class & tai chi
  • Bingo
  • Creative writing / cartooning
  • Music therapy & song circle

Oral Historian: Get paired up with a few of our participants, get to know them, and capture their life story through words, pictures, and/or voice recording. Help them leave a legacy and be inspired by the richness of their experience.

Kitchen Assistant: Assist with lunch by setting the table, serving plates, packing leftovers, washing dishes, and engaging participants in conversation over a shared meal. Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays 11:30am – 1:30pm.

Skilled Opportunities:

Activities Facilitator: Take a leadership role by training up to facilitate your own group!

  • Men's Group – we have several younger men in our program who are higher functioning and not as engaged in the activities we have for our participants with dementia. They would love to have a volunteer work with them and create activities based on their needs.
  • "Memories in the Making" – Great opportunity to receive training on this curriculum from the Alzheimer's Assocation!

Horticultural Therapist: Turn our garden into a therapeutic space for our elders to connect with the earth and growing things. Work with our Activity Coordinator to create curriculum appropriate for a variety of abilities, and oversee volunteer groups performing routine maintenance. Watch the garden and our elders flourish under your care.

Group Opportunities:

We are happy to welcome your small groups to support our calendar of activities. Bring your group of 10-15 volunteers to create a custom project. Contact kstark@voaor.org for more information.

Adult Day Services offer structured, comprehensive programs designed to meet the needs of functionally and/or cognitively-impaired adults. We provide individually-planned service, supervision, social and related support services, and health monitoring in a protective setting during any part of a day, but less than 24-hour care.

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  • 2600 SE 170th Ave.
    Portland, OR, US 97236
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  • Duration:

    3 months or longer
  • Time commitment:

    Occasional (weekly or monthly)
  • Times of day:

    Mornings Afternoons
  • Days of week:

    Weekdays
  • Schedule:

    Flexible schedule

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