Seniors First relies on volunteer support to maintain many of our signature programs and services. Volunteers work side-by-side with Seniors First staff to provide compassionate, quality care and attention to each individual client. Many times our volunteers are the only link a senior has with the community. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities to meet most any interest and availability.

Volunteers choose the program that best suits their area of interest, and days, times and location that best fits their personal schedule.

Current volunteer needs include:

Friendly Visitors

Come join our team of Friendly Visitor volunteers and make a special difference in the life of a homebound senior. Meet new people, make friends, and help the elderly in our community. Friendly Visitor volunteers make a difference by decreasing feelings of loneliness and isolation among seniors. Volunteers are matched with a senior based on shared interest, geography, availability, and personality, as much as possible. Volunteers visit with their senior 1-2 hours a week to socialize, play games, share stories, go for walks, and just being with a senior who longs for companionship. Opportunities are available throughout Placer County. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Teens can possibly volunteer with a parent.

MyRides Volunteer Drivers

Volunteers drive seniors who are unable to drive or have limited or no transportation options to a grocery store, doctor’s appointment, and other essential errands, etc. Ride service is provided 7 days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and volunteers can choose the time(s) and day(s) and distance they want to volunteer. Our transportation schedulers will only call with rides fitting your schedule and preferences. You can choose to drive once a month, once a week, or multiple times a week. Mileage reimbursement is available upon request. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age.

Senior Café Greeters and Servers

Volunteers act as greeters and assist in serving lunch meals at one of our eight cafes located throughout Placer County. We have cafes in Auburn, Colfax, Rocklin, Lincoln, and Roseville. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Teens may also be accepted as volunteers.

Meals on Wheels Delivery Drivers

You can make a difference in the life of a senior! Getting adequate nutrition is a serious concern for many seniors. Whether due to financial or physical limitations, it can sometimes be a challenge to purchase and prepare nutritious meals. Seniors First is proud to be the Meals on Wheels provider in Placer County. The Meals on Wheels program is designed to provide seniors with hot lunches and daily social interaction. As a volunteer, you can help local seniors in your area remain healthy and connected while making a positive impact in your community.

Deliver a smile and a hot lunch when you volunteer to deliver a meal to a homebound senior. Volunteers deliver a hot lunch to 5-10 seniors at their homes in a specific area, Monday to Friday, from about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers can volunteer one day or as many as five days a week and can usually choose their service area near where they live. Deliveries generally take about 1 ½ to 2 hours from approximately 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Volunteers use their own car and have the option of being reimbursed for mileage. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Drivers are needed throughout Placer County.

Office and Administrative Support

We often need volunteers to assist with some of our programs in our office, located in Auburn.

Recreation & Respite (R&R)

Seniors First offers a Recreation and Respite Adult Day program at two locations to provide activities for seniors with physical or cognitive impairments and respite for their caregivers. Games, music, exercise, crafts, adventures with pets, and more are offered to participants of the program, which is designed for the enjoyment of older adults with Alzheimer’s or dementia and to provide much needed time off for their caregivers. The program is offered every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Twelve Bridges Library in Lincoln and every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Seniors First office in Auburn from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers are the heart of this program. This creative and energetic group form one-on- one relationships with our seniors and work in small group settings to provide a reassuring presence, supervision, set-up and clean-up, and lunch and snack preparation. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Teens may volunteer for specific projects upon approval.

Interested in becoming a Seniors First Volunteer? Please download and complete our Volunteer Application, and make a copy of your driver’s license and current auto insurance card (which shows expiration) and send it to:

Volunteer Coordinator, Seniors First, P.O. Box 6090, Auburn, CA 95604, or email it to volunteer@seniorsfirst.org