Ready to Volunteer?

Our dedicated team of volunteers helps older adults 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, helping with outdoor chores, 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?

Reach out to our Communications and Outreach Manager at Volunteer@EastSideElders.org or (763) 325-3473.

Community Service Volunteer Policy

Because East Side Elders serves a potentially 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

Personal Shopper

Help seniors who have a hard time getting to the store and shopping for the things they need by being their Personal Shopper Volunteer!  We send you a list, you do the shopping and delivering, and seniors get what they need without having to go to the store.  Volunteers will be reimbursed by East Side Elders for the cost of all items purchased for clients.  We can also provide gift cards to use while shopping for clients.

Location:  Personal Shoppers will volunteer with clients in the East Side Elders service area.  This includes the East Side of Saint Paul, Downtown Saint Paul, and Lowertown.    

Schedule:  Schedule is flexible, but Personal Shopper Volunteers must have some daytime, weekday availability. 

Requirements:

Must agree to and pass a background study

Must be 18 or older

Able to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds in a caring, courteous manner

Must have access to a vehicle for transportation

Must abide by all safety guidelines provided by East Side Elders

How to apply: To get started, fill our quick and easy application. From there, one of our team members will email you to confirm your availability and give you more details about volunteering.

 East Side Elders Volunteer Form:

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

 

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.

Host a Food Drive

Looking for a fun and meaningful way to give back to the community? Sign up to host a collection drive and help East Side Elders get much-needed groceries and supplies to seniors in St. Paul. Work together with your team, scouting group, church group, family, neighbors, or other group to make a big impact for our community elders. Together you can make posters, spread the word, collect items, and deliver the items to our nonprofit for distribution to seniors. This is an ongoing need and we are happy to work with your schedule. 

Our Community Events Coordinator is ready to help you set up your collection drive – and we have fun themes to choose from:

 Spaghetti for Seniors

                Pasta, pasta sauce, shelf stable parmesan cheese

Spring Cleaning

                Laundry pods, dish soap, spray cleaner, paper towels

That’s Using Your Noodle!

                Tuna, egg noodles, cream of mushroom soup, canned peas

Soup for Supper

                Canned soup, crackers

Summer BBQ

                Baked beans, bbq sauce, cornbread mix, canned corn

….and more!

 

Get started by filling out our volunteer application today. 

    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

     

     

    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/

    Group Volunteering

     

    Schedule a group volunteering activity with East Side Elders!  We can work with your group to create a fun day of giving back to seniors in the community.  Our team will schedule a volunteer day with your group individually, finding an activity that’s a great fit.  Here are some of our group volunteer day options for groups of 4 or more people:

    • Cook and serve breakfast or lunch to seniors
    • Fill goodie bags for seniors
    • Help provide a fun afternoon of bingo or other games
    • Craft cards or other projects with a group of seniors
    • Help seniors created potted houseplants for their homes

    We are also open to hearing your creative ideas on how you’d like to connect with seniors in the community!

    This opportunity is open to just about any type of group:  families, work teams, school clubs, church groups, and more.  Reach out today and give back while having a great time with your group!

    To get started, fill out an application and let us know more about your group!

    Volunteer Driver

    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/

    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