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 Volunteer@EastSideElders.org 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

Volunteer Service Coordinator

Description:  Gain experience with service coordination and help seniors get the services they need!  The Volunteer Service Coordinator will schedule volunteers to help seniors with cleaning, chores, and other requests.  This position can be done at our office or at home.  Tasks will include emailing or calling volunteers and clients to set up service appointments and updating service requests in our database.  

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:  Flexible:  2-5 hours per week. 

Qualifications:  

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

Benefits:

  • Gain resume-building experience at a nonprofit organization
  • Gain volunteer coordination and client service experience
  • Make a difference in the lives of seniors in the community

 

Apply online today!

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

 

Volunteer@EastSideElders.org

651-683-2413

463 Maria Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55106

Volunteer Driver

Description: With the help of volunteers, East Side Elders provides free rides for seniors to medical appointments, grocery stores, hair appointments, and other errands.  As our program expands to serve more and more seniors, we need to add to our team of volunteer drivers.  Mileage and parking fees can be reimbursed!  This volunteer position is also a great opportunity to make a friendly connection with seniors who may feel isolated from the community.    

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:  Flexible.  Our greatest need is for volunteers who can provide rides weekdays in the mornings and afternoons, but there are also opportunities to help on weekends.  

Qualifications:  

  • Must pass a background check
  • Able to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds in a caring, courteous manner
  • Must provide proof of a valid driver’s license and insurance
  • Volunteer drivers must have their own vehicle to use for providing rides

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:

Volunteer@EastSideElders.org

651-683-2413

463 Maria Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55106

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

Wellness Volunteer

Description: Volunteers with a healthcare background help seniors in the community stay healthy and connected! Take vital signs, share healthy living tips, and socialize with older adults. Healthcare students are encouraged to apply!

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: Our 3 Wellness Centers are open 2 works per week – Thursday mornings or early afternoons, though we can change those days if needed to work with your schedule. Volunteers can also choose to help out on a more occasional or fill-in basis. We also offer blood pressure clinics – dates are flexible.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in a healthcare setting or education in a healthcare related field. Must have experience checking vital signs
  • Must pass a background check
  • Able to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds in a caring, courteous manner

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:

Volunteer@EastSideElders.org

651-683-2413

463 Maria Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Applications can be filled out online:

Volunteer Application

 

 

Respite Volunteer - Training Provided

Description: Make a difference in the lives of seniors and their primary caregivers – volunteer today to provide respite care! Respite volunteers spend quality time with seniors, helping them enjoy their favorite activities, while their primary caregivers take time for themselves. An afternoon providing respite might include helping a senior complete a craft project, going for a walk, reading together, watching a movie, or other activities enjoyed by the senior.

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.

Date and time: Flexible

Benefits:

  • Help seniors participate in the activities that bring them joy
  • Help caregivers avoid caregiver stress and burnout
  • Learn more about the senior population in Saint Paul
  • Gain experience volunteering for a nonprofit organization

Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel to residences on the East Side of Saint Paul
  • Able to communicate in a respectful, friendly manner with a diverse population
  • Online training will be provided to respite volunteers
  • Volunteers must consent to a background check

To apply:

Apply online at https://eastsideelders.org/volunteer-application/

Questions about this opportunity? Contact us at Volunteer@EastSideElders.org or 651-683-2413

 

Socialize with Seniors

Description:  Meet new people and help fight loneliness!  Volunteers are matched for one-to-one visits with seniors in the community.  This is an opportunity to help seniors stay in the homes and communities of their choice – and to make a connection with a new friend!  East Side Elders also supports caregivers in their journey to provide care for their loves ones.  Social volunteers can help caregivers receive a much-needed break.

Schedule:  This is a very flexible opportunity – volunteers usually visit with a client once per week for an hour or more.

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 have your own transportation or ability to travel to clients’ homes
  • Must pass a background check
  • Able to communicate in a friendly, respectful manner with a diverse population

If you are interested in applying contact us today:

 

Volunteer@EastSideElders.org

651-683-2413

463 Maria Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55106

 

Applications can be filled out online:

Volunteer Application

 

Monthly Blood Pressure Clinic Volunteer

Description: Help seniors monitor their blood pressure by volunteering at our monthly clinic!  The clinic is held on the third Monday of each month from 9:30am to 10:30am.  Volunteers must have experience taking blood pressure.

Tasks:

  • Greet clients when they arrive at the clinic
  • Take blood pressure as requested by clients
  • Keep track of clients who visit the clinic

 

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.

Benefits:

  • Help seniors take charge of their health
  • Gain experience working with older adults

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must have transportation or ability to navigate public transportation
  • Able to communicate in a professional manner
  • Must have experience with taking vital signs
  • Must submit to a background check

How to Apply:

Apply online or contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 651-683-2413 or Volunteer@EastSideElders.org with any questions.

Board of Directors

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.

Description:  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.

Hours and Commitment:  Must be able to attend quarterly 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

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

Volunteer@EastSideElders.org

651-683-2413

463 Maria Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Applications can be filled out online:

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

Volunteer Housekeeper

Help seniors live independently in their homes!

Description:  Volunteer Housekeepers are needed to support seniors in the community.  As our elders age, it becomes more difficult to take on tasks such as vacuuming, mopping, and doing laundry – but you can help!  Duties vary by senior and may include light cleaning, laundry, and cleaning floors.  Volunteers are needed on an occasional and regular basis, depending on 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.

Hours:  Flexible, varies  

Qualifications:  

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

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:

Volunteer@EastSideElders.org

651-683-2413

463 Maria Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55106

Applications can be filled out online:

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

Yard Cleanup

Description: This is an opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of seniors in the community. Sign up to rake leaves, pull weeks, and help with other yard tasks for seniors – this can also be a great group volunteering project!  Taking debris to the compost site is not a requirement, but is appreciated when possible.

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: Flexible.

Qualifications:

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

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:

 

Volunteer@EastSideElders.org

651-683-2413

463 Maria Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55106

Applications can be filled out online:

 

Volunteer Application

Communications Internship - Fall 2019

Description:  The Communications Internship is an opportunity to gain experience creating promotional videos for a senior services nonprofit.  These videos will be used on Facebook, Twitter, our website, and in community outreach presentations to promote our program.  The Communications Intern will report to the Communications and Outreach Manager.  Priority will be given to applicants who are students, but all are welcome to apply.  Internship start date is flexible! 

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:  Flexible – will work with your schedule and hours requirements.      

Qualifications:  

  • Must pass a background check
  • Must have access to video camera or phone and an editing program
  • Able to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds in a caring, courteous manner
  • Some experience or education related to video production strongly preferred
  • Priority will be given to applicants who are students, but all are welcome to apply 
  • Ability to travel to various sites on the East Side of Saint Paul – by public transportation, your own vehicle, or other means

Benefits:

  • Gain resume-building experience at a nonprofit organization
  • Make a difference in the lives of seniors in the community

 

If you are interested in this position, email your resume and cover letter to:

Volunteer@EastSideElders.org

651-683-2413

463 Maria Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55106

Applications can also be filled out online:

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

 

Elder Cafe Volunteer

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.

Description:  Volunteers are needed to help make our monthly Elder Cafe events a success!  Elder Cafe is an opportunity for seniors in the community to socialize and share a meal while enjoying entertainment.  We are looking for friendly volunteers to help serve food, visit with seniors, and help with outreach.  This is also a great opportunity for groups to volunteer together!         

Date:  Elder Cafe is held on the second Thursday of each month from 12 to 2 p.m..  We are looking for volunteers who want to help each month and volunteers who are looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity.  Groups are welcome to volunteer together!   

Qualifications:  

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

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:

Volunteer@EastSideElders.org

651-683-2413

463 Maria Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55106

 

Applications can be filled out online:

 

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

Help Seniors with Household Chores

Description:  Helping seniors with chores is a great way to make a friendly connection with a senior and to make a positive impact on seniors’ lives.  Volunteers help seniors with lawn care, gardening, decluttering, minor repairs, moving items, and more.  With the help of our dedicated team of volunteers, we can help seniors live happier, healthier lives in their homes.    

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:  Flexible

Qualifications:  

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

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:

Volunteer@EastSideElders.org

651-683-2413

463 Maria Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55106

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:

Volunteer@EastSideElders.org

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:

 

 

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:

 

Volunteer@EastSideElders.org

651-683-2413

463 Maria Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55106

 

Applications can be filled out online:

Volunteer Application