Redmond Senior Programs Volunteering

A woman participating in a volunteer programThe day-to-day operations of the Redmond Senior Programs & Services depend on volunteers. Utilizing the many skills and abilities of our volunteers allows us to offer a greater variety of programs and services. Approximately 159 volunteers give over 13,200 hours to the Redmond Senior Programs & Services each year.  

During COVID-19, volunteer opportunities are limited. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email us at guestservices@redmond.gov .

Volunteer Opportunities

Reception & Office Assistance

  • Greeter volunteers: meet and greet participants as they arrive at our facilities in order to create a friendly and welcoming environment
  • Coffee Bar volunteers: make and serve the coffee, pour ice tea, and provide friendly conversation to help spread information about our programs

Nutrition

  • Check-in: make change, track participant count and pass out tickets
  • Kitchen Helpers: assist in meal preparation and serving, set and clear tables, and wash dishes
  • Meals on Wheels: phone program participants for meal orders; sort, pack and deliver frozen meals to individuals who are unable to leave their home

Activities & Programs

  • Interest Group Leaders: individuals with skills or knowledge in a specific topic area lead groups, maintain participant lists and help ensure that all participants sign in
  • Special projects: help staff implement programs such as special holiday luncheons, lectures and/or events.

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers must be available during weekday hours, over 18 years of age and able to pass a criminal background check which requires your social security number. Volunteers are asked to commit for at least 2 to 3 hours a week for six months or more. To learn more about volunteering, please email guestservices@redmond.gov.

Volunteer Recognition

While volunteer service is rewarding in and of itself, Redmond Senior Program staff believe it is important to recognize the generous time contributions so many make to our Senior programs Each year there are two events to recognize our volunteers’ contributions. In February, the Redmond Rotary hosts a luncheon to recognize Senior Programs volunteers who have contributed 85 or more hours during the previous year. In September, during National Senior Center Month, an event is held for all Senior volunteers with at least one hour of service during the previous year.

Older American’s Month Recognition

Each May, the Senior Advisory Committee recognizes senior volunteers who have given significant service to the senior community, as well as one business or organization that has meaningfully contributed to the betterment of Redmond older adults. The honorees are presented at a City Council meeting, where the Mayor proclaims May as Older American’s Month in Redmond. Honorees are also treated to dinner and a reception is held in their honor.