Become a Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Under each category, you will find a list of volunteer opportunities offered at your life plan community and across the agency. Each listing includes the name of the volunteer opportunity, a description, meeting time and a contact, if applicable. Take a look at how you can get involved!

All in-person volunteer assignments have been suspended. Please contact Teresa Stickles, volunteer services coordinator, at 717.646.2460 or [email protected] for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities in Your Community

Residential Living

Café/Store Volunteer
Volunteers assist customers at the store and café. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Selling food and sundries
  • Tallying customers
  • Making change

Clerical/Office
Clerical/Office volunteers help with general office functions. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Light typing
  • Answering phones
  • Entering data
  • Making photo copies
  • Helping with mailings, filing, stapling, clipping newspapers or shredding

Country/Village Store
Volunteers help with retail sales in the Country/Village Store. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Selling items to residents, staff, volunteers and visitors
  • Assisting residents with shopping
  • Making change
  • Totaling daily receipts
  • Restocking shelves
  • Organizing merchandise
  • Arranging display windows

Dining Services
Dining Services volunteers assist dining room staff with setting up the dining area. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning and setting dining room tables
  • Filling condiments/cereal racks
  • Folding napkins
  • Simple food preparation
  • Washing dishes

Dog Walker
Volunteers walk dogs for independent living residents with physical limitations/challenges. Responsibilities include but are not limited to walking a dog on a harness with leash attached.

Driver
Volunteers transport people to medical appointments or for grocery shopping or banking. Responsibilities include but are not limited to transporting assigned clients to scheduled medical appointments, grocery shopping or bank.

Environmental Services/High Touch Cleaner
Volunteers help with light housekeeping. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Using cleaning solution and cloth to support infection control
  • Wiping high touch areas such as light switches, hand rails, door knobs, call bells, closet knobs, and other designated areas

Friendly Visitor
Volunteers visit residents to provide friendship and support. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Visiting with assigned residents on a regular basis
  • Providing a listening ear and supportive conversation
  • Participating in activities like reading, writing, playing cards and games or going for a walk

Garden
Garden volunteers care for and maintain outdoor flower gardens. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Planting
  • Weeding
  • Grooming
  • Pruning

Greeter/Receptionist
Greeter/Receptionist volunteers greet and direct visitors. Responsibilities include but are not limited to meeting and greeting people as they enter the building and directing them to where they need to go.

Household Chores
Volunteers perform light household chores for people unable to do so for themselves on a short term basis. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Organizing and tidying
  • Making beds
  • Washing dishes
  • Preparing light meals

Indoor Plant Care
Garden volunteers care for and maintain indoor plants. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Watering
  • Weeding
  • Pruning
  • Repotting

Library
Library volunteers maintain smooth operation of library. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Cataloging books in computer program
  • Alphabetizing books by author’s last names
  • Re-shelving books
  • Dusting and straightening books

Life Enrichment
Life Enrichment volunteers help staff conduct programs for residents and/or help residents participate in these programs. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with games, crafts, set up or clean-up for programs
  • Accompanying residents to and from the programs
  • Organizing supplies or materials
  • Assisting with clerical tasks

Maintenance
Maintenance volunteers help with maintenance jobs.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Painting
  • Re-screening of windows
  • Routing door checks
  • Fire extinguisher checks
  • Eye wash station checks

Marketing
Volunteers help promote the programs and services of SpiriTrust Lutheran to the general public. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Laying out and editing volunteer newsletters
  • Designing flyers and posters
  • Setting up and manning displays at public functions

Minor Repairs
Volunteers perform minor repairs for people unable to do so for themselves on a short term basis. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Carpentry
  • Electrical work
  • Plumbing
  • Painting
  • Mechanical repairs
  • Automotive repairs

Music
Music volunteers provide vocal or instrumental entertainment or support for residents. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Providing vocal or instrumental programs to residents during parties, worship service and special events
  • Playing piano for worship services, special events or activities
  • Leading group singing

Outdoor Chores
Volunteers perform outdoor chores for people unable to do so for themselves on a short term basis.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Mowing lawns
  • Trimming bushes or hedges
  • Weeding
  • Gardening
  • Raking leaves
  • Shoveling snow

Pet Therapy Visitor
Pet Therapy Visitors provide a trained pet to safely interact with residents. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Visiting with residents on a regular basis
  • Creating opportunity for residents to safely touch and interact with pet

Seamstress
Volunteers mend clothing for residents. Responsibilities include but not limited to mending clothing for residents and sewing on buttons by hand or machine.

Shopper/Errands Assistant
Volunteers shop or conduct other errands for assigned residents. Responsibilities include but are not limited to shopping for assigned clients and providing other errands for assigned clients.

Technology
Volunteers assist residents with using their personal electronic devices. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Activating and deactivating devices
  • Demonstrating navigational techniques
  • Helping adjust readability settings
  • Explaining current computer terminology
  • Teaching keyboarding and texting
  • Teaching how to access the internet and set up accounts
  • Explaining the difference between free versus paid apps
  • Explaining how to set up, receive and respond to email
  • Showing how to use a camera and review the photo gallery
  • Assisting with downloading books and movies
  • Instructing how to re-charge and protect devices

Telephone Visitor
Volunteers provide comfort and reassurance to home bound persons through periodic phone calls. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Making regular phone contacts with assigned clients
  • Providing a listening ear
  • Providing supportive conversation

Personal Care

Carolers
Individuals or groups of all ages sing carols in the hallways during the holidays. Responsibilities include knowing the words to the songs selected.

Dining Services
Dining Services volunteers assist dining room staff with setting up the dining area. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning and setting dining room tables
  • Filling condiments/cereal racks
  • Folding napkins
  • Simple food preparation
  • Washing dishes

Environmental Services/High Touch Cleaner
Volunteers help with light housekeeping. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Using cleaning solution and cloth to support infection control
  • Wiping high touch areas such as light switches, hand rails, door knobs, call bells, closet knobs and other designated areas

Friendly Visitor
Volunteers visit residents to provide friendship and support. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Visiting with assigned residents on a regular basis
  • Providing a listening ear and supportive conversation
  • Participating in activities like reading, writing, playing cards and games or going for a walk

Indoor Plant Care
Garden volunteers care for and maintain indoor plants. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Watering
  • Weeding
  • Pruning
  • Repotting

Life Enrichment
Life Enrichment volunteers help staff conduct programs for residents and/or help residents participate in these programs. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with games, crafts, set up or clean-up for programs
  • Accompanying residents to and from the programs
  • Organizing supplies or materials
  • Assisting with clerical tasks

Mail Assistant
Volunteers deliver residents’ personal mail daily and collect outgoing resident mail. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Delivering resident mail daily to the appropriate individuals
  • Opening and reading mail as directed by the resident
  • Taking outbound mail to the mailbox for the resident

Music
Music volunteers provide vocal or instrumental entertainment or support for residents. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Providing vocal or instrumental programs to residents during parties, worship service and special events
  • Playing piano for worship services, special events or activities
  • Leading group singing

Pet Therapy Visitor
Pet Therapy Visitors provide a trained pet to safely interact with residents. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Visiting with residents on a regular basis
  • Creating opportunity for residents to safely touch and interact with pet.

Seamstress
Volunteers mend clothing for residents. Responsibilities include but not limited to mending clothing for residents and sewing on buttons by hand or machine.

Therapy Department
Volunteers help the therapy department staff with duties. Responsibilities include transporting residents to appointments and cleaning equipment.

Worship Volunteer
Worship Volunteers assist with worship services for residents. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Helping prepare church bulletins
  • Changing altar cloths
  • Arranging altar flowers
  • Making calls to schedule organists and piano players
  • Escorting residents to/from services
  • Passing out bulletins, hymnals or hearing devices
  • Assisting with seating people
  • Reading scriptures
  • Assisting with communion
  • Collecting offerings

Skilled Care & Rehabilitation

Beauty Shop
Volunteers help staff with assigned duties in the beauty shop. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Escorting residents to and from beauty shop
  • Removing rollers from resident’s hair
  • Sweeping up hair on floor as needed
  • Folding towels
  • Washing beauty shop chairs
  • Organizing supplies as needed

Carolers
Individuals or groups of all ages sing carols in the hallways during the holidays. Responsibilities include knowing the words to the songs selected.

Dining Services
Dining Services volunteers assist dining room staff with setting up the dining area. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning and setting dining room tables
  • Filling condiments/cereal racks
  • Folding napkins
  • Simple food preparation
  • Washing dishes

Environmental Services/High Touch Cleaner
Volunteers help with light housekeeping. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Using cleaning solution and cloth to support infection control
  • Wiping high touch areas such as light switches, hand rails, door knobs, call bells, closet knobs and other designated areas

Friendly Visitor
Volunteers visit residents to provide friendship and support. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Visiting with assigned residents on a regular basis
  • Providing a listening ear and supportive conversation
  • Participating in activities like reading, writing, playing cards and games or going for a walk

Greeter/Receptionist
Greeter/Receptionist volunteers greet and direct visitors. Responsibilities include but are not limited to meeting and greeting people as they enter the building and directing them to where they need to go.

Indoor Plant Care
Garden volunteers care for and maintain indoor plants. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Watering
  • Weeding
  • Pruning
  • Repotting

Life Enrichment
Life Enrichment volunteers help staff conduct programs for residents and/or help residents participate in these programs. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with games, crafts, set up or clean-up for programs
  • Accompanying residents to and from the programs
  • Organizing supplies or materials
  • Assisting with clerical tasks

Music
Music volunteers provide vocal or instrumental entertainment or support for residents. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Providing vocal or instrumental programs to residents during parties, worship service and special events
  • Playing piano for worship services, special events or activities
  • Leading group singing

Off-Site Escort
Volunteers accompany residents on outings or to appointments off campus. Responsibilities include but not are limited to:

  • Accompanying residents on outings or to appointments on an agency vehicle including medical appointments, group trips to restaurants, theatre trips or other outings.

Pet Therapy Visitor
Pet Therapy Visitors provide a trained pet to safely interact with residents. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Visiting with residents on a regular basis
  • Creating opportunity for residents to safely touch and interact with pet

Therapy Department
Volunteers help the therapy department staff with duties. Responsibilities include transporting residents to appointments and cleaning equipment.

Worship Volunteer
Worship Volunteers assist with worship services for residents. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Helping prepare church bulletins
  • Changing altar cloths
  • Arranging altar flowers
  • Making calls to schedule organists and piano players
  • Escorting residents to/from services
  • Passing out bulletins, hymnals or hearing devices
  • Assisting with seating people
  • Reading scriptures
  • Assisting with communion
  • Collecting offerings

Volunteer Opportunities Across the Agency

Hospice

There are many opportunities to volunteer with Hospice, whether you want to help once a week, once a month or even just a few hours a month.

Weekly volunteers assist by:

  • Providing friendship and companionship to hospice clients.
  • Providing aromatherapy, massage therapy, music, reading and more to hospice clients.
  • Offering respite so family caregivers can run errands or take care of other personal business.
  • Offering support to a family throughout the 13-month bereavement period.
  • Assisting with office work, mailings, photocopying, filing, assembling information packets and other duties.

Monthly volunteers assist by:

  • Providing aromatherapy, massage therapy, music, reading and more to hospice clients.
  • Assisting with office work, mailings, photocopying, filing, assembling information packets and other duties.
  • Helping with fundraising and development programs.
  • Delivering or baking bereavement bread for a family after the death of a loved one and offering condolences.
  • Sewing handmade memory bears for a family after the death of a loved one.

For more information or to become a volunteer, contact Missy Gladfelter, volunteer coordinator York & Adams Counties, at 717.680.0301, or [email protected]. You can also fill out the volunteer form.