Volunteer Opportunities

There are many seniors in West Santa Clara county who could benefit from your help. A few hours a week or month could mean the difference between a senior making it to a doctor’s appointment, going grocery shopping, or just getting to their senior center. Your impact could be tremendous in the lives of our seniors. Please review the different volunteer opportunities available below. And if you have some other way you’d like to help, give us a call and talk to us about it. Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunities

5D (Don't Dump Drugs Down Drains) Drug Disposal Volunteer


If you are an environmentally minded person, concerned about helping seniors properly dispose of their old medications. This opportunity is for you and our seniors will be grateful. There are two possible ways you could help a senior:

  • You and the senior can take the drugs to a designated drop–off location near the senior’s home
  • If the senior cannot leave their home, you will be trained on how to use a kit containing chemicals, which when added to the medication renders it safe for disposal in the normal trash.




Board Member


If you enjoy management, problem solving, fundraising, and have a heart for seniors, consider becoming a member of the Heart of the Valley Board of Directors. Your Responsibilities Would Include:

  • Attending board meetings on the 2nd Monday of every month at 6:00pm
  • Providing planning and vision for Heart of the Valley
  • Helping to provide direction, guidance, and set agency policies
  • Helping with fundraising and public relations
Qualifications Include:
  • Being reliable and dependable
  • Having an interest and concern for our seniors
  • Being familiar with Heart of the Valley’s services
  • Enjoy working on the business–end of a nonprofit agency
  • Having a willingness to represent HOV in the community
Your Supervisor Would be:
  • HOV Executive Director
Your Time Commitment:
  • Flexible, but a minimum of 5 hours per month




Friendly Visitor or Friendly Phone Caller


If you enjoy engaging someone in conversion whether in person or on the phone and enjoy both talking and listening, we could use your help. Many of our seniors feel lonely and isolated at home. Some enjoy a visitor, while others just want to hear a friendly person on the telephone to help keep their spirits up or to discuss the worry they might be having. Do you have some time to help a senior not feel forgotten? Your Responsibilities Would Include:

  • Visit clients in their home for a chat or maybe a walk and talk around the block
  • Be a friendly phone caller to a senior who just to chat and visit over the phone
  • Report the number of miles driven to visit a senior in their home
Qualifications You Would Need Include:
  • Friendly and caring concern for our seniors
  • Good listening skills
  • Willing to complete reports on volunteer work
  • Supportive of HOV goals and services
Your Supervisor Would be:
  • HOV Executive Director
Your Time Commitment:
  • Flexible, according to your availability and schedule




Gardener


Do you enjoy gardening or doing light yard work? We have seniors who can no longer easily maintain their gardens due to physical and mobility issues. These seniors would greatly appreciate your help, and you can have they satisfaction of creating something that brings joy to both you and our senior. They will provide the tools and any plants, and you will provide the time and labor. If a request can’t be completed in one visit, you may ask the senior to call in another request to be finished by you or another volunteer. Your Responsibilities Would Include:

  • Providing assistance to a senior with light yard work or gardening
Qualifications You Would Need Include:
  • Friendly and caring concern for seniors
  • Enjoy working outside
  • Some interest or knowledge of gardening
  • Willing to complete reports on volunteer work
  • Supportive of HOV goals and services
Your Supervisor Would be:
  • HOV Executive Director
Your Time Commitment:
  • Flexible, according to your availability and schedule




Handy/Fix-It Person


Are you a do–it–yourself person or someone who does repairs for a living? Our seniors live on a fixed income and cannot afford costly repair bills. Would you be willing to help them with small home repairs or handyman projects around their homes? They would provide any parts and some tools. You would provide other tools, if needed as well as your time and labor. Your Responsibilities Would Include:

  • Assist seniors with small home repairs and handyman projects around their homes
Qualifications You Would Need Include:
  • Friendly and caring concern for seniors
  • Ability to make small repairs
  • Willing to complete reports on volunteer work
  • Supportive of HOV goals and services
  • Being dependable
Your Supervisor Would be:
  • HOV Executive Director
Your Time Commitment:
  • Flexible, according to your availability and schedule




Help With Pets


Are you a pet lover? Do you understand how important a pet can be in the life of a senior? Seniors with pets could use your help taking their pets to the vet or groomers. Seniors who have had pets in the past, need your help so they can foster a pet or just visit with one through the Humane Society Silicon Valley’s Humane Hearts 4 Pets and Their Seniors Program. Your Responsibilities Would Include:

  • Driving a senior and their pet to the vet or groomers
  • Helping with Foster Pets and Their Seniors program
  • Help picking up pet supplies from the Humane Society Pet Pantry for our seniors
  • Help a senior care for their pet by bathing or walking them
  • Help a senior care for their pet by brushing them
Qualifications You Would Need Include:
  • Friendly and caring concern for seniors
  • Enjoy working with animals
  • Interest and some knowledge of pet care
  • Willing to complete reports on volunteer work
  • Supportive of HOV goals and services
  • Being dependable
Your Supervisor Would be:
  • HOV Executive Director
Your Time Commitment:
  • Flexible, according to your availability and schedule




House Project Provider


Are you someone who enjoys cleaning and organizing? We have seniors who could use your help to organize their closets, cupboards, or old photos, provide light housework, or help with cleaning the oven or refrigerator. If a request can’t be completed in one visit, you may ask the senior to call in another request to be finished by you or another volunteer. Your Responsibilities Would Include:

  • Vacuuming or dusting
  • Cleaning an oven or refrigerator
  • Organizing cupboards or closets
  • Decorating the home for a party or the holidays
  • Putting photos in albums
  • Washing windows
  • Sorting through boxes or a wardrobe
Qualifications You Would Need Include:
  • Friendly and caring concern for seniors
  • Willing to complete reports on volunteer work
  • Supportive of HOV goals and services
  • Being dependable
Your Supervisor Would be:
  • HOV Executive Director
Your Time Commitment:
  • Flexible, according to your availability and schedule




Household Hazardous Waste Pickup


Do you care about the environment and the proper disposal of household hazardous waste? Our seniors care about that too. But often they are unsure about what is consider hazardous waste and how to properly dispose of it. At Heart of the Valley we have a program to educate seniors about household hazardous waste and help them to properly dispose of this waste. If you are interested, you could be trained to educate and help our seniors with their household hazardous waste. We could use your help today! Your Responsibilities Would Include:

  • Going to the home of our seniors and help them identify household hazardous waste
  • Picking up household hazardous waste from the home of a senior and then properly disposing of the waste
Requirements:
  • Fill out a volunteer application and attend an interview.
  • Attend a training session on proper identification, pickup and delivery of household hazardous waste materials.
  • Be in good physical shape and be able to lift items weighing up to twenty pounds, it order to pickup and properly dispose of waste products collected
  • Provide own car or truck and must have the insurance required for CA drivers.
  • Have a valid CA Driver’s license and a good driving record.
  • Be available for at least one Friday or Saturday per month as that is when the waste drop off locations are open.
  • Can choose to go to senior’s homes to educate, identify and gather household hazardous waste at your convenience.
Your Supervisor Would be:
  • HOV Executive Director
Your Time Commitment:
  • Flexible, according to your availability and schedule, but available at least one Friday or Saturday per month to collect and drop–off household hazardous waste




In-A-Pinch Volunteer


Can you be available by phone or text to help a senior with an unforseen, immediate need? Perhaps, a senior runs out of heart medication, or their little pet gets ill, light bulbs or batteries go out, or they need toilet paper or incontinence supplies…these are the kinds of jobs that we want to attend to within 24 hours of the call…the sooner, the better. If you can squeeze little jobs into your day, please sign up to be an In-A-Pinch volunteer. It’s easy to do and requires less time than our regular services. Give it a try! Your Responsibilities Would Include:

  • Helping a senior who has run out of their daily heart medication
  • Taking a senior to an urgent doctor’s appointment
  • Helping a senior get toilet paper or incontinence supplies
  • Helping a senior take a sick pet to the vet
  • Helping a senior fix a light bulb in a critical location in their home
Requirements:
  • Fill out a volunteer application and attend an interview.
  • Provide your own vehicle with the insurance required for CA drivers.
  • Have a valid CA Driver’s license and a good driving record.
  • Be available by text or phone to help a senior within 24 hours of the request
  • Follow through once you accept the In–A–Pinch service
Your Supervisor Would be:
  • HOV Executive Director
Your Time Commitment:
  • Flexible, according to your availability and schedule




Join Speaker's Bureau


Do you enjoy talking to others? We would love to have you participate in the Speakers Bureau.Heart of the Valley wants to increase its community awareness by expanding our Speakers Bureau so we can reach out to more individuals, service groups and agencies within our service area. Would you consider helping by talking to others about the needs of seniors and how HOV provides ways to help them stay in their homes? You don’t need to be a professional speaker talking to large groups — we are hoping to talk to small neighborhood groups, service organizations (i.e., Lions, Rotary, Soroptomists), churches, as well as larger groups at community centers, and hospitals. We usually work with the “Buddy System”, so if you feel more comfortable working with another, that is also great!




Paperwork,Telephoning, or Reading


Do you enjoy spending a few hours with senior? Would you be interested in helping them fill out forms, make some phone calls, or read to them? We have seniors that would glad accept your help. Call today and we can start getting you connected! Your Responsibilities Would Include:

  • Helping seniors place calls for business or social purposes.
  • Helping seniors balance their checkbooks
  • Helping seniors fill out medical and business forms and applications.
  • Read and sort mail, pay bills, organize papers, write correspondence
  • Read books and newspapers to seniors who are visually impaired.
Qualifications You Would Need Include:
  • Friendly and caring concern for seniors.
  • Communicate well on the phone.
  • Good reading skills.
  • Willing to complete reports on volunteer work.
  • Supportive of agency goals and services.
Your Supervisor Would be:
  • HOV Executive Director
Your Time Commitment:
  • Flexible, according to your availability and schedule




Professional Support


Are you a professional who would like to use your knowledge and experience to help a senior in need? Call us today and let us know how you would like to help! Your Responsibilities Would Include:

  • Use your professional expertise to assist clients in specialized fields such as Medicare, Medi-Cal, renters and homeowners assistance, taxes, housing, pet care, health insurance, pharmaceutical help, real estate, financial planning and counseling.
Qualifications You Would Need Include:
  • Friendly and caring concern for seniors.
  • Professional background, training and expertise in a particular field.
  • Be familiar with agency services and community resources.
  • Willing to complete reports on volunteer work.
  • Supportive of agency goals and services.
Your Supervisor Would be:
  • HOV Executive Director
Your Time Commitment:
  • Flexible, according to your availability and schedule




Shopping and Errands


Are you someone who enjoys shopping and wants to help seniors in need? Call us today! We have many seniors who need to get some groceries or run some errands and could very much use your help. Your Responsibilities Would Include:

  • Taking seniors to the bank, drug store, hardware store, supermarket, the mall, shoe stores, optical stores, pet stores, etc.
  • Carrying packages, keep track of lists, and put things away on request.
  • Shopping for seniors who are home bound from a given list. You will work with the senior to develop an accurate list and then purchase the items and bring them back to the senior’s home.
Qualifications You Would Need Include:
  • Friendly and caring concern for seniors.
  • Have a vehicle and able to drive to store(s).
  • Organized
  • Willing to complete reports on volunteer work.
  • Supportive of agency goals and services.
Your Supervisor Would be:
  • HOV Executive Director
Your Time Commitment:
  • Flexible, according to your availability and schedule




Social Networking


Are you big into social networking? Heart of the Valley is looking for volunteers who are interested in being a part of our social networking presence. Call us if you have some time and interest in helping us with Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr, WordPress, YouTube or Google+.




Take Seniors on Outings


Do you have a heart for might feel lonely and isolated seniors? We are looking for volunteers to take seniors on outings for our “Young @ Heart” Program. Social isolation is a grave concern when it comes to seniors. If you would like to be a volunteer who takes a senior to activities where they can join other seniors at city parks, museums, on hikes, track walking, or to dog parks, please call our office.




Vehicle Donation Assistant


Do you like cars and know a little about them? Heart of the Valley’s Vehicle Donation Manager is in need of an assistant to help pick up vehicles, assess their condition, have them repaired and sell them. If you have a general knowledge of vehicles and some time to help, please contact the Vehicle Donation Manager.




Veterans or Active Service Volunteer Drivers


Are you a vet or active service person who might have a few hours a week or month to help out an older veteran? “Vets Driving Vets” is our newest program. We are looking for veterans to help drive older veterans to their medical, business, and social appointments. Our volunteers have always driven veterans, however, over the years we have discovered that our older vets enjoy the ride more when they are helped by a volunteer who is a veteran or in active service. It provides a chance to once again share the “brotherhood” that comes from being with a vet, enhances their ride, and does wonders for their well–being. If you have some time, sign up for this, you will be glad you did!




Yard Work


Do you enjoy the outdoors and don’t mind doing a little light yard work? Maybe you don’t have a yard of your own? Call us and we can connect you with a senior who would appreciate some help with their yard! Your Responsibilities Would Include:

  • Helping to mow lawns, rake leaves, pull weeds, do watering, trim trees and bushes, plant flowers and plants, clean patios, clean gutters, and manage gardens. Our seniors would provide the tools and supplies and you would provide your time and energy.
Qualifications You Would Need Include:
  • Friendly and caring concern for seniors.
  • Experience with gardening and yard work.
  • Willing to complete reports on volunteer work.
  • Supportive of agency goals and services.
Your Supervisor Would be:
  • HOV Executive Director
Your Time Commitment:
  • Flexible, according to your availability and schedule




Computer/Technology Assistance


Are you computer and/or tech savvy? Computer and technology problems can be overwhelming for some of our seniors. Sometimes it can be a simple configuration or settings change that will get things running again and help them connect with family. Your Responsibilities Would Include:

  • Assist seniors with their computer and/or technology problems.
Qualifications You Would Need Include:
  • Friendly and caring concern for seniors
  • An understanding of the particular computer (Mac or PC) or technology (TV)
  • Willing to complete reports on volunteer work
  • Supportive of HOV goals and services
  • Being dependable
Your Supervisor Would be:
  • HOV Executive Director
Your Time Commitment:
  • Flexible, according to your availability and schedule




Night Riders - Escorted Transportation


Drivers needed for our “Night Riders Program”. On May 1, 2014, one of our beloved Founding Members, Aldyth Parle, was killed driving her car home from an evening meeting. She was 89 years old and very active in her community. We realize that there are many active seniors who serve on Boards of Directors, attend evening functions, go to club meetings and church events, etc. In honor of Aldyth, we want to find volunteers who are willing to drive clients after dark. If you have a little time after work in the evenings, or are available to drive weekend evenings, please sign up. You could save a life and would certainly enrich a senior’s life by helping them to stay active in our community.




Daytime Driver, Transportation


Do you enjoy driving? Our seniors need transportation to and from their doctor and other appointments. You can help a senior remain independent at home by providing this vital service. Your Responsibilities Would Include:

  • Taking seniors to the doctor, dentist, or medical lab
  • We are a door-through-door service. We take seniors to their appointments, wait for them, and then take them home.
Qualifications You Would Need Include:
  • Friendly and caring concern for seniors.
  • Have a vehicle and able and willing to drive
  • Organized
  • Willing to complete reports on volunteer work.
  • Supportive of agency goals and services.
Your Supervisor Would be:
  • HOV Executive Director
Your Time Commitment:
  • Flexible, according to your availability and schedule