Ready to Volunteer?

Our dedicated team of volunteers helps seniors stay happier, healthier, and more connected in their homes and communities.  Volunteers help by providing much-needed rides to the grocery store or shopping trips, stopping by for a friendly visit, delivering free groceries once a month, providing care at our Wellness Clinics, mowing lawns, helping with administrative tasks in our main office, and much more.  Contact us today and we’ll find a volunteer opportunity that matches your interests and skills!  We happily welcome groups and one-time volunteers!

Questions?

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Kala Hotakainen at [email protected] or (651) 683-2413.

Community Service Volunteer Policy

Because East Side Elders serves a vulnerable population including seniors and people with disabilities, we are unable to serve as a site for court-ordered community service volunteers.

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Positions

Letters to Elders

Help East Side Elders get letters of hope and love to isolated seniors! Use our online form to write a letter to a senior, and we will print and distribute to folks in isolation. This is an easy and impactful way to reach out and make a difference in someone’s life. Help us reach our initial goal of 80 letters to seniors! 

https://www.eastsideelders.org/letters-to-elders/

Ideas on what to include in your letter:

  • who you are
  • where you’re from
  • favorite foods or recipes
  • details about pets
  • what you look forward to doing in the summer
  • inspirational quotes
  • poems

No application needed – you can write a letter today!

 

     

     

    Host a Toilet Paper Drive

    Description: Did you know that some low-income seniors have to choose between food and toilet paper when they are grocery shopping? You can make a huge difference for seniors facing that choice by hosting a toilet paper drive. Organize your friends, family members, work team, church group, or other group to collect toilet paper donations. Once these donations are delivered to East Side Elders, we can distribute them to seniors in need. Sign up today – seniors need your help!

    Schedule: This is an ongoing need, so this is a very flexible opportunity. Volunteers organize their drives independently on their own schedules.

    About Us: East Side Elders helps our seniors live full and rewarding lives – in the home and community they want – for as long as possible and as healthy and well as possible. Our teams of volunteers, students and community members provide a wide range of services and activities that give the necessary support and resources to our elderly neighbors wherever they call home.

    If you are interested in applying contact us today:

     

    [email protected]

    651-683-2413

    463 Maria Avenue

    Saint Paul, MN 55106

     

    Applications can be filled out online:

    Volunteer Application

     

       

       

      Ride Buddy

      Help seniors maintain healthy, independent lives!  You can be an important part of a senior’s life by volunteering as a Ride Buddy with East Side Elders.  Ride Buddy volunteers give their time to help seniors get to the grocery store, the bank, appointments, and other errands around town.  Volunteers use their own cars and can receive gas cards for mileage reimbursement – and we will work with your schedule!  Giving your time to help just once a week can make a huge impact on the life of a senior – sign up today! 

      About Us:  East Side Elders helps our seniors live full and rewarding lives — in the home and community they want — for as long as possible and as healthy and well as possible. Our teams of volunteers, students and community members provide a wide range of services and activities that give the necessary support and resources to our elderly neighbors wherever they call home.

      Qualifications:  

      • Must pass a background check
      • Able to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds in a caring, courteous manner
      • Must have access to a clean vehicle in good working order

      Apply online today!

       

      https://www.eastsideelders.org/volunteer-application/

      Team Hunger Volunteer

      Fight hunger on the East Side!  Team Hunger Volunteers deliver supplemental groceries to seniors in the community – you can make a huge difference in someone’s life by helping just once a month.  This is a very flexible opportunity and we are happy to work with your schedule!     

      About Us:  East Side Elders helps our seniors live full and rewarding lives — in the home and community they want — for as long as possible and as healthy and well as possible. Our teams of volunteers, students and community members provide a wide range of services and activities that give the necessary support and resources to our elderly neighbors wherever they call home.

      Qualifications:  

      • Must be 18 or older or accompanied by a parent or guardian
      • Able to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds in a caring, courteous manner
      • Must have access to transportation to deliver food

      Applications can be filled out online:

      Volunteer Application

       

       

      Wellness Team Volunteer

      Share your healthcare knowledge and skills with seniors in the community!  Nurses, nursing students, and other healthcare professionals and needed to volunteer at our weekly walk-in Wellness Centers.  At our centers, seniors can receive health education and have their vital signs recorded.  Both centers operate every Thursday – one from 9am to 11am, and one from 12pm to 2pm – but volunteers can help as their schedules allow.  Even helping just once a month can make a big difference in the life of a senior! 

      About Us:  East Side Elders helps our seniors live full and rewarding lives — in the home and community they want — for as long as possible and as healthy and well as possible. Our teams of volunteers, students and community members provide a wide range of services and activities that give the necessary support and resources to our elderly neighbors wherever they call home.

      Qualifications:  

      • Able to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds in a caring, courteous manner
      • Must pass a background check
      • Must be 18 or older
      • Must have experience taking vital signs

      Applications can be filled out online:

      Volunteer Application

       

       

      Senior Buddy

      Make a new friend as a volunteer Senior Buddy!  Our volunteers meet with seniors in their homes to visit, chat, and build a friendship.  Visits are usually made once a week, but we are happy to work with your schedule.  Apply today to be matched with your buddy!   

      About Us:  East Side Elders helps our seniors live full and rewarding lives — in the home and community they want — for as long as possible and as healthy and well as possible. Our teams of volunteers, students and community members provide a wide range of services and activities that give the necessary support and resources to our elderly neighbors wherever they call home.

      Hours and Commitment:  Flexible – we will work with your schedule. 

      Qualifications:  

      • Able to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds in a caring, courteous manner
      • Must pass a background check
      • Must be 18 or older

       

      Applications can be filled out online:

      Volunteer Application

       

      Board of Directors

      Gain leadership experience and give your time and skills to a nonprofit serving seniors!  Board members play a vital role in the operations and direction of East Side Elders. Responsibilities include maintaining the program mission and purpose, developing and administering policy, developing personnel policies, ensuring adequate resources and effective organizational planning.

      About Us:  East Side Elders helps our seniors live full and rewarding lives — in the home and community they want — for as long as possible and as healthy and well as possible. Our teams of volunteers, students and community members provide a wide range of services and activities that give the necessary support and resources to our elderly neighbors wherever they call home.

      Hours and Commitment:  Must be able to attend scheduled board meetings.

      Qualifications:  

      • Able to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds in a caring, courteous manner
      • Interest in a program supporting seniors in the community
      • Must pass a background check

      Applications can be filled out online:

      http://eastsideelders.org/volunteer-application/

      Sew Masks for Seniors

      East Side Elders is looking for people who can sew fabric masks for seniors! We are accepting homemade masks using any pattern you prefer – contact us at [email protected], 651-683-2326, or apply below if you can help.

      About Us:  East Side Elders helps our seniors live full and rewarding lives — in the home and community they want — for as long as possible and as healthy and well as possible. Our teams of volunteers, students and community members provide a wide range of services and activities that give the necessary support and resources to our elderly neighbors wherever they call home.

      Applications can be filled out online:

       

      http://eastsideelders.org/volunteer-application/

      Design Coloring Book Pages for Isolated Seniors

      Calling all artists!  Help us brighten a senior’s day during these stressful times by submitting coloring book pages!  We are creating printable coloring books that seniors and caregivers can use to add some fun to their days.  Help them break up their isolation with a fun and creative activity.

      How to Help:

      Draw a coloring book page – all subjects are welcome but as we are not a religious organization, we cannot accept drawings of religious imagery or messages.  Some ideas:  a bouquet of flowers, a garden scene, your cityscape, animals, your favorite foods, quilt patterns, a self portrait, and more.  Final book will contain 8 ½ X 11 pages, so keep that in mind when drawing.  You can submit as many pages as you like.     

      Get Started:

      You can get started right away or contact East Side Elders if you have any questions about this project.  Finished pages can be email to [email protected] or mailed to our office:

      463 Maria Avenue Suite 201

      St. Paul, MN 55106

      http://eastsideelders.org/volunteer-application/

      Cafe Crew Volunteer

      Volunteer just once a month at the East Side Café and help seniors enjoy a fun lunch and activity!  Our Café Crew helps by setting tables, prepping the event hall, serving food, and helping with cleanup.  This is a great opportunity to help out in the community and meet new people!  Volunteers are also welcome to enjoy lunch and the program with the group.    

      When:  The East Side Café is held on the second Thursday of every month.  Volunteers are needed anytime between 10am and 2:30pm.  Volunteers can sign up to help every month or as their schedule allows.  One time volunteers and groups are always welcome!

      About Us:  East Side Elders helps our seniors live full and rewarding lives — in the home and community they want — for as long as possible and as healthy and well as possible. Our teams of volunteers, students and community members provide a wide range of services and activities that give the necessary support and resources to our elderly neighbors wherever they call home.

      Qualifications:  

      • Must be 18 or older or accompanied by a parent or guardian

       

      Applications can be filled out online:

       

      http://eastsideelders.org/volunteer-application/

      Clean Team Volunteer

      Love cleaning?  Use your skills and time to help seniors stay healthy and independent in their homes!  Our Clean Team Volunteers help seniors with light housekeeping – we will work with your schedule.  Our one-hour cleaning visits can include sweeping, mopping, one load of laundry, or other light tasks.  Cleaning supplies are provided by East Side Elders.   

      About Us:  East Side Elders helps our seniors live full and rewarding lives — in the home and community they want — for as long as possible and as healthy and well as possible. Our teams of volunteers, students and community members provide a wide range of services and activities that give the necessary support and resources to our elderly neighbors wherever they call home.

      Qualifications:  

      • Must pass a background check
      • Able to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds in a caring, courteous manner
      • Must be 18 or older or accompanied by a parent or guardian

      Applications can be filled out online:

      http://eastsideelders.org/volunteer-application/

      Fix-It Volunteer

      Share your time and skills with seniors in the community!  Handy volunteers are needed for occasional service requests from seniors.  Tasks may include changing lightbulbs, hanging a shower curtain, tightening a screen door, or other chores.  This is a very flexible position – we will work with your schedule!  

      About Us:  East Side Elders helps our seniors live full and rewarding lives — in the home and community they want — for as long as possible and as healthy and well as possible. Our teams of volunteers, students and community members provide a wide range of services and activities that give the necessary support and resources to our elderly neighbors wherever they call home.

      Qualifications:  

      • Able to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds in a caring, courteous manner
      • Must pass a background check
      • Must be 18 or older
      • Can access and use tools safely, without supervision

      Applications can be filled out online:

      http://eastsideelders.org/volunteer-application/

      Group Opportunity: Fun and Games with Seniors

      Make a connection with seniors in the community!

      Description:  This is a volunteer opportunity for groups to make a positive impact on the lives of seniors in the community.  Groups of ten or more will play cards, board games, bingo, and/or lead other activities for seniors in Dayton’s Bluff or Payne-Phalen – our two service areas.  This is a great opportunity for classes, student groups, groups of friends, and more to volunteer together and have fun while also giving back to the community.  

      About Us: East Side Elders is a community program dedicated to supporting seniors in our community to allow them to remain in their own homes.  Our mission is to build a circle of care around the elders in Dayton’s Bluff and Payne-Phalen to empower seniors to live safe and independent in their own homes and to prevent falls and support the persons caring for the seniors.     

      Hours:  One afternoon a month

      Commitment:  One-time volunteer opportunity  

      Qualifications:  

      • Must pass a background check
      • Able to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds in a caring, courteous manner
      • Volunteers under 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by at least one adult

      Benefits:

      • Gain experience working with seniors and people dedicated to helping seniors
      • Make a difference in the lives of seniors in the community

      If you are interested in this position, please contact us:

      [email protected]

      651-683-2413

      463 Maria Avenue
      Saint Paul, MN 55106

      Applications can be filled out online:
      http://eastsideelders.org/volunteer-application/

      Group Volunteering: Create Cards for Seniors

      Description:  Gather a group of friends, family, or coworkers to create cards that will brighten a senior’s day!  Handmade greeting cards will be included in our monthly Brown Bag groceries – free food that is delivered to seniors by volunteers.  This is a family friendly opportunity and will be a lot of fun for kids and adults alike.

      About us: Our mission is to create a circle of care around the elders in Dayton’s Bluff, Payne-Phalen, and Conway-Battle Creek neighborhoods, empowering seniors to live safe and independent lives in their homes.

      Day of event: To be scheduled with the group

      Benefits:

      • Learn more about services available to seniors on the East Side
      • Enjoy a fun and relaxing volunteer opportunity
      • Family friendly opportunity

      Requirements:

      • Volunteers 18 and older must be able to pass a background check
      • Volunteers under 14 must be accompanied by a guardian

      How to Apply: