Volunteer Opportunities

Agencies Providing Services to Older Adults

Acacia Adult Day Services
Volunteer Opportunities:   

Acacia has an ongoing need for activity volunteers, students, and interns in human services, psychology, and health related fields on a regular basis. Entertainment volunteers, such as those with musical skills, are in demand. Volunteers are needed to help with mailings, food service,and special events including holidays. A TB test is required. Training is provided. For further information, please call Kathy Huffstetler, Community Resource Coordinator, at 714-530-1566.

Email Address: khuffstetler@acacia-services.org


Acacia Adult Day Services, a nonprofit agency founded in 1979, provides adult day care and adult day health care for frail elderly adults and people with Alzheimer's and other physical disabilities at locations in Garden Grove and Cypress. Both sites are open weekdays.

Alzheimer' Family Services Center

Volunteer Opportunities:   

Assist with activities such as food services, events, and administrative support. Volunteers with special talents such as event planning or musical abilities are especially desired. Interns in human services and health-related fields are also welcome. A TB test and health screening are required. Training is provided.

Email Address: aruiz@afscenter.org
Website:  www.afscenter.org

Alzheimer's Family Services Center (AFSC), located in Huntington Beach, has helped improve the quality of life for families challenged by Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other dementias through expert daily care and family support tailored to meet individual needs.

Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County Chapter
Volunteer Opportunities:

Support Group Leaders, Serving on a committee, Speaker's Bureau, Photographer, Event committees, Service, Computer Operations, or Ideas of your own. Training is provided.



The Alzheimer's Association, Orange County Chapter relies on its volunteers to assist in the office, lead support groups, advocate for public policy change, serve on the Speaker's Bureau, assist with special events, and generally raise awareness about the disease and the needs of families affected by Alzheimer's.

American Red Cross - Blood Services
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to assist during blood drives                                                  
Email Address: thielg@usa.redcross.org
Website: https://www.redcrossblood.org/

Council on Aging - Caring Connections Friendly Visitor Program
Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer one hour per week to make a difference in the life of an older or disabled person. A three-hour friendly visitor training session is offered to volunteers once a month. Call if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

Email Address: Ktruong@coaoc.org
Website: www.coasc.org

The Caring Connections Program offers trained visitors to frail older adults and persons with disabilities who may have little contact with the outside world. Monthly volunteer trainings are offered to interested individuals who want to make a difference in the life of someone who might otherwise be forgotten. Caring Connections is the only countywide friendly visitor program in Orange County who visits older adults and persons with disabilities.

Council on Aging - HICAP Program

Volunteer Opportunities:            

Orange County’s Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) is looking for qualified candidates to become HICAP Volunteer Counselors. Our HICAP Counselors provide free, unbiased, individualized counseling to help Medicare beneficiaries and individuals reaching Medicare eligibility, understand their benefits and plan options. These free services are provided at locations throughout Orange County, primarily at Senior/Community Centers and at our HICAP office in Irvine. Interested individuals may contact Linda by email: lcardoza@coasc.org  or phone: (714) 560-0424 Ext 218 to learn more about this important volunteer opportunity, and to register for our 2020 Training Sessions in Irvine.

We are in need of HICAP Counselors who are bilingual in English and Spanish, Japanese, Farsi, Tagalog, Korean, Mandarin or Vietnamese.

Email Address: lcardoza@coasc.org  
Website: www.coasc.org

Council on Aging - Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Volunteer Opportunities:

The Long-Term Ombudsman Service is the only federal and state mandated program to advocate for the 30,000 Orange County residents in 1,100 nursing and residential care facilities for the elderly. Ombudsmen work to resolve problems and concerns of individual residents by creating a presence through regular unannounced visits, monitoring conditions and care, and providing a voice for those unable to speak for themselves.

What is the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program?:

Ombudsmen receive and investigate an average of 3,000 complaints per year; these run the gamut of issues from complaints about cold food to alleged sexual abuse. Our Ombudsman program is the mandated reporting agency for any suspected abuse that occurs in licensed long-term care facilities.

How can I learn more about the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program? Patricia Moran-Johnson 714-479-0129 Call if you are interested in learning how to become an advocate for the frail elderly in licensed long-term care facilities in Orange County.
Email Address: pmjohnson@coaoc.org
Website: www.coasc.org

The Council on Aging-Orange County, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program offers free training to qualified volunteers who complete the mandated California State Long-Term Care Ombudsman 36 hour training course and 12 hours of field mentoring prior to certification by the state. There is a fee to cover printing costs of $50 (scholarships are available). Call if you are interested in helping residents to maintain or improve their quality of life in a skilled nursing home or residential care facility through advocacy, mediation, complaint-investigation, and resolution.

Council on Aging - ReConnect Socialization Services Program

Volunteer Opportunities:

Provide supportive companionship to isolated adults who are reintegrating into the community. 2 ½ hour training for Partners for Active Living is offered to volunteers once a month.

Email Address: jchomchavalit@coaoc.org
Website: www.coasc.org

The ReConnect Socialization Program provides services to adults 26 and over who are isolated by incorporating healthy and meaningful activities into their lifestyles. Volunteers play an essential role in helping the participants develop their social skills.

Meals on Wheels Orange County aka Community SeniorServ
Volunteer Opportunities:       

Consider using your time, talent, or treasure to improve the quality of life for older adults and their families in Orange County.  Opportunities include; Meals on Wheels, our Senior Lunch Program, becoming a Friendly Visitor, or volunteering at one of our Adult Day Care Centers.  As a volunteer, you can partner with us to provide a vital network of caring friendship and support to frail older adults living independently in your own community. Contact us to start making a difference today.

Email Address:


Formed 32 years ago, Community SeniorServ provides a broad spectrum of services for seniors to enhance their physical and mental well being. These activities include case management, a homemaker registry, home delivered meals to over 750 elderly people, congregate meals for over 1200 seniors, a Friendly Visitor program as well as the day care programs.

Volunteer Opportunities:

The California Hospice Care team needs the assistance of trained volunteers (18 and up) to visit patients.  Training will be provided..

Email Address: cahospicecare@yahoo.com

Hospice is a program of health care and services designated to meet the special needs of patients and their loved ones, when the patient is diagnosed with a disease for which they do not elect aggressive treatment.

Orange Police Department 
Volunteer Opportunities: Y.A.N.A (You Are Not Alone) Program                                                             
Email Address: volunteers@orangepd.org

Y.A.N.A. is designed to provide a measure of security and well-being for elderly people with a visit from Police Department Volunteers. This may be the only contact a person has with others. The Volunteers offer critical support by linking them with appropriate resources and services.

Rebuilding Together Orange County
Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers are needed in many capacities from clerical support to hammering a nail.                                                                          

Email Address: RTSoCal@aol.com
Website: www.rebuildingtogether.org

Rebuilding Together Orange County (formerly Christmas in April), an affiliate of Rebuilding Together USA—the nation’s largest volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and revitalizing low-income houses throughout the nation. Their mission is to enable low income homeowners, particularly the elderly and disabled, to remain in their own homes for as long as they are able, living in warmth, safety, independence, and with dignity.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Orange County
Volunteer Opportunities:

Thrift Stores: Assist in merchandising items, cashiers, and other tasks. Council Offices: Administrative tasks and project management. Production Center: Receive, sort, evaluate, price and merchandise donated items for sale in thrift stores. Institute for Conflict Management: Trains and manages volunteer mediators. Second Harvest Food Bank: Receive, sort and distribute food to nearly 400 authorized agencies throughout Orange County. Winter Cold Weather Shelters - visit our website to get detailed information on all of our volunteer opportunities.

Website: www.svdpoc.org

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Adult Day Services

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer Service
Email Address: dkaiser@acacia-services.org
Volunteer Opportunities:

Alzheimer's Family Services Center (AFSC) has an ongoing need for volunteers to assist in all areas including activities, food service, events and administrative support, etc. We also accept interns in human services and health related fields. Volunteers with special talents/hobbies such as event planning or musical abilities are especially desired. Training is provided. For further information, please call Aimee Ruiz, Volunteer Coordinator, at (714) 593-9630

Email Address: info@afscenter.org
Website: http://www.afscenter.org/

Senior and Community Centers

Each center has a variety of tasks for volunteers. There may be a need for home meal drivers, assistance at the congregate meal site, clerical and special events assistance, or help with computer instruction.

City of Anaheim Community Services
Volunteer Opportunities:

Assistance in the following programs: The Anaheim Therapeutic Recreation Program, Community Centers, Senior Programs, Youth Programs, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Special events and Libraries.

Email Address: DDurkin@Anaheim.net

The purpose of the City of Anaheim Community Services Department's Volunteer Office, is to enhance and expand programs through volunteer support. In addition to our volunteer opportunities we also offer college students internships.

Meals on Wheels - Anaheim
Volunteer Opportunities:

Drivers, using own vehicle, approximately 2 hours around noontime, one day Monday through Friday, every other week.                          

Deliver nutritious meals (hot meal for lunch, cold meal and milk for evening) to homebound residents of Anaheim.

Brea Senior Center
Volunteer Opportunities:

Gift Shop, Lunch Program, Computer Tutoring, Exercise Program Assistant, Conversational Italian Instructor, Home Delivered Meals Program, Office Clerk positions.

Email Address: denit@ci.brea.ca.us
Website: www.ci.brea.ca.us

Buena Park Senior Center
Volunteer Opportunities:   

Special Events: i.e. Health Fairs, Volunteer Recognition, Fashion Show and Tea, Super Senior Saturday Computer Lab Instructor: Basic computering, all the way to advanced, digital camera, power point, etc. Will train, but having patience and a warm smile is a priority (Lab open Monday - Friday)

Email Address: kgarber@buenapark.com

Volunteers must do a variety of duties, direct people to correct areas, provide information, and work in the kitchen serving cookies and punch. Must be energetic, sociable and especially - kind.

Cypress Senior Center
Volunteer Opportunities:

Home Delivered Meals (driving or walking) Nutrition Program (dining room, kitchen, reservation desk) Volunteer Instructors for Classes: Computers, Spanish, and other areas of interest Reception Desk: Office work, i.e. answer phones, greet people, provide information, assist staff with mail and other projects Special Events: Variety of jobs depending on the event Commodities: Package and assist with dispersing food for commodities distribution.

Email Address: jbardin@ci.cypress.ca.us
Website: www.cypressca.org/play/senior-center

Fullerton Senior Multi-Service Center
Volunteer Opportunities:    Various , call for information and opportunities
Email Address: vickiew@ci.fullerton.ca.us
Website: Fullerton Senior Center                                                                                                                                                                                              

H. Louis Lake Senior Center
Volunteer Opportunities:

Assist at front desk, greet new people at the welcome table, deliver meals to the homebound, serve the daily lunch meal at the center, teach classes and serve in many other ways.

Email Address: monas@ci.garden-grove.ca.us
Website: www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us

Volunteers are a vital aspect to the senior center. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, we have something for you.

Huntington Beach- Senior Center in Central Park
Volunteer Opportunities: 

Transportation Program Drivers, Friendly Visitors, Deliver Meals to homes, Deliver Holiday Meals (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day and Easter), Special Events and Office Support.

Email Address: DSwarts@surfcity-hb.org

Irvine Community Senior Services (Lakeview and Rancho Senior Centers)

Volunteer Opportunities:

Outreach services, lunch program, recreation, education, mentoring, fitness center, newspaper translation, and special events.                         

Email Address: vheidelman@cityofirvine.org
Website: www.cityofirvine.org/senior-services

Volunteer Opportunities: Various                                                                         
Email Address: marcia.wilson@pcm-inc.org
Website: http://www.lagunawoodsvillage.com/

Mission Viejo-Norman P. Murray Senior Center
Volunteer Opportunities: Various                                                                         
Email Address: jarnold@cityofmissionviejo.org
Website: cityofmissionviejo.org

Oasis Senior Center - City of Newport Beach
Volunteer Opportunities: Various                                                                         
Email Address: chaug@city.newport-beach.ca.us 
Website: www.newportbeachca.gov

Orange Senior Center
Volunteer Opportunities: Various , Meals on Wheels drivers                                   
Email Address: regan@orangeseniorcenter.org
Website: www.orangeseniorcenter.org

Placentia Senior Center
Volunteer Opportunities:  

Bread Distribution Assistant Entertainment TLC Dining Room Assistant Casino Trips Lead person Center Craft & Arts Lead person Front Desk Receptionist TLC Assistant/Front Desk Maintenance Lead person Food Distribution Assistant

Email Address: dfigueroa@placentia.org

Volunteer Opportunities:  

1-on-1 tutoring help for adult learners seeking help with basic reading and writing in English; also volunteer opportunity for adults desiring to be trained and tutor another adult in need of basic reading and writing help.

Email Address: tangela.ashe@occr.ocgov.com

Santa Ana Senior Center
Volunteer Opportunities:  

We have an urgent need for volunteers for our “Homebound Lunches Delivery.” Other positions that are available are: Facility Attendant, Receptionist, Coffee-Bar Attendant & Bingo Caller. We need recycled grocery bags for our commodity program.

Email Address: galvarado@ci.santa-ana.ca.us

Sea County Senior and Community Center (Laguna Niguel)
Volunteer Opportunities:

Special events, committees, crafts and computer instructors                                                              

Email Address: lccooper@ci.laguna-niguel.ca.us
Website: www.ci.laguna-niguel.ca.us

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer service.
Email Address:
Website: https://www.stjudemedicalcenter.org/our-services/senior-services/

Tustin Area Senior Center
Volunteer Opportunities:

Receptionists, gift shop, lunch program, outreach program, special events, food distribution, water bill stuffers, computer tutors.

Email Address: mesposito@tustinca.org or varizaga@tustinca.org
Website: www.tustinca.org

Westminster Senior Center
Volunteer Opportunities:

Dining Room, Coffee Table, Home Delivered Meals Drivers, Special Events, Display case, Bingo Callers, Project SHUE (Intergenerational Program), and Crafts.

Email Address: maryan@ci.westminster.ca.us

Volunteer Opportunities:

SCWW offers activities, friendly conversation, and an assortment of telephone groups to adults 60 and older in California who find it difficult to participate in activities in their communities.  Participants call from the comfort of home.  And it's FREE.

Email Address: info@seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org

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Other Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities:

AARP Advocacy, AARP Chapters, AARP Driver Safety Program, AARP Grief and Loss Programs, AARP Tax-Aide Program, AARP Volunteer Leadership.

Email Address: ddalton@aarp.org
Website: www.aarp.org/volunteer

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to making life better for people 50 and over. We provide information and resources; engage in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy; assist members in serving their communities; and offer a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members. These include AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; Segunda Juventud, our quarterly newspaper in Spanish; NRTA our quarterly newsletter for National Retired Teachers Association Members; and our Web site, www.aarp.org. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Children First: Hands Across Generation
Volunteer Opportunities:

Work with low-income children to help improve their vocabulary and language and problem solving skills.                                                    

Email Address: LNguyen@meragefoundations.com
Website: http://www.merage.org/

A Merage Foundation was founded to help skilled retirees make a positive, meaningful contribution to the learning abilities and development of low-income children in Orange County. The mission is to bring these two groups together to expand developmental opportunities and enhance quality of life for low-income children.

County of Orange
Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer opportunities include working with at-risk youth, helping at a local library, greeting visitors at John Wayne Airport, assisting with environmental projects and much, much more!

Email Address: countyoforangevolunteers@ocgov.com
Website: www.ocgov.com/gov/volunteer/opportunities

The Friendly Center
Volunteer Opportunities:

Academic tutoring, Receptionist, Assistance with Senior Citizen Program                                                   

Email address Cynthia.friendly@sbcglobal.net

Volunteers are a vital part of The Friendly Center's programs and services. Volunteer tutors commit to a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule tutoring children one on one or two on one from 3 to 6 in the afternoon. Volunteer receptionist needs to be bilingual, answer phones and assist walk-in clients, hours are flexible. Volunteers in our Senior Citizen Program assist with serving lunch and helping with activities Monday through Friday from 10am to 1pm.

Garden Grove Police Department
Volunteer Opportunities:

V.I.P. (Volunteers In  Policing) Program                                                    

Email Address: susanc@ci.garden-grove.ca.us

The program is comprised of citizens from 18 years old to their mid-80's who provide volunteer support in 30 different regular assignments for the department. We require a one year and four hour a week minimum commitment. In addition, Volunteers assist with several community programs, projects and events.

OneOC (formally Volunteer Center of Orange County)
Volunteer Opportunities: RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program)                                                                                                                                                  
Email Address: uwalsh@oneoc.org or speterson@oneoc.org
Website: www.oneoc.org/volunteers/encoreoc-50plus

RSVP invites adults to put their experience to work solving problems close to home. Whether teaching children or adults to read, creating a recycling program, or providing much needed support to non-profit agencies, RSVP volunteers are making their communities stronger. If you enjoy working with others to solve community problems, please call today.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level to create change that lasts long after their service. As a Volunteer, you can make an investment in our world—one handshake, one project, one friendship at a time—that leads to new possibilities in service and when you return home.                                                                                    

Email Address: coleman@kidworksonline.org
Website: http://www.peacecorps.gov/

The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated change makers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Classroom volunteers are needed after school to assist in a classroom of 15-25 students at 23 different elementary school sites in homework help, enrichment activities, arts and crafts, and sports. Opportunities also are available for Academic Mentors:  Matched up one-on-one with an elementary school student who needs help in their academics as well as raising their self esteem.

Email Address: mbaeza@anaheimymca.org
Website: http://www.anaheimymca.org/

ANAHEIM FAMILY YMCA's programs, services, and initiatives enable youth to realize their potential, offer families ways to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster social responsibility.

Volunteer Opportunities: A variety of opportunities working with youth                                                                                             
Email Address: lmunoz@ymcaoc.net
Website: ymcaoc.org

Opportunities are available for volunteers to work with youth in afterschool programs, tutoring, mentoring, coaching, through service-learning/community projects, week-long resident (away) camps, and during special one-day events. We also have opportunities for volunteers to work with adults (developmentally-disabled) on overnight trips and active older adults through the fitness programs.

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Volunteer Match Enter your zip code and interest area to find an opportunity www.volunteermatch.org

AmeriCorps & Senior Corps is calling on all American's to participate in our nation's recovery and renewal by serving in the community. www.serve.gov