The Sandel Center has a very strong Volunteer Program. Volunteers work at the Sandel Center and in the wider community. All volunteer programs are organized into committees. Each has a Chairperson and scheduled meetings. While volunteering is not required, members who do volunteer often make more friends, become more engaged and experience a greater feeling of vitality. Volunteer hours are self-recorded at the kiosk. Every May Volunteers are celebrated with a recognition luncheon.
List of Volunteer Opportunities
- Executive Committee: The Sandel Center President and Board are elected by the members and serve 2 year terms. They set club policy and represent the general membership in every area of Senior Center operations.
- Intergenerational Committee: Develop friendships with Southside HS students. Plan and enjoy an annual sharing conference, picnic and holiday party.
- Special Events/ Decorating: Design and help run special events: theme, food, décor, and entertainment.
- Birthday Brunch: Perform host and hostess duties: set up, serve and help clean up.
- Flea Market: Put your selling skills to work. Set up, display and help sell donated merchandise.
- Craft Fair: Craft, knit, sew, bake and more, for this popular fall fundraiser.
- Trips: Plan and execute a variety of trips that will appeal to a variety of members.
- Sunday Funday: Devise different themes and activities for occasional Sunday afternoons.
- Supper Club: Select menu, entertainment and theme for an evening event held several times a year.
- SPA: Promote SPA (Senior People In Action): Sandel Center’s award winning summer – long program that encourages friendship, fitness and vitality.
- Senior Concerns: Identify and articulate issues and concerns that impact older adults. Bring those issues to the wider membership in a variety of ways.
- Friendly Callers: Help homebound members stay connected with friendly phone calls. Reach out and welcome new members.
- Sandel Circle: Bring smiles, song and friendly group visits to local assisted living facilities.
- Friends of the Symphony: Usher at local venues that feature performances by the RVC Guild for the Arts.
- Village Hall Ambassadors: Staff a welcome desk at Village Hall. Greet the public, assist with directions and answer general questions.
- Committee for Student Literacy: Provide one-on-one assistance to students in grades 1-5 with ENL (English language) needs at Covert Elementary School.
- Sign-up Committee: Record and collect money from members as they register for upcoming events.
- Kitchen: Assist the kitchen manager with food preparation. Serve coffee and tea and collect money.
- Plants and Grounds: Plant and tend the garden park and decorative beds at the Sandel Center.
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The Senior Concerns Committee organized a pajama and book drive
for children who live in homeless shelters.