Volunteer Corner

Updated  12/22/2022

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact
Alasa at 608-848-0431 or email
alasa.wiest@ci.verona.wi.us.

 

Front Desk Greeter
Do you have a friendly smile and enjoy talking to others? This is the opportunity for you! As a greeter you will greet and direct users of the Senior  Center to their event, answer questions, and get people registered. No computer skills necessary.
Newsletter Distributer
Do you like to get out and about? We are looking for volunteers to deliver our monthly newsletters to diferent businesses and apartments in the Verona area.
Trip Coordinator Assistant
Do you like to travel? We are looking for additional volunteers to help plan and execute trips. This is a very fexible volunteer position that is a part of a travel
committee.
Kitchen Lead
Do you enjoy a fast-paced environment? Join our kitchen crew! We are looking for someone to help oversee the packing of our Meals on Wheels lunches. This
opportunity is available Monday thru Fridays between 9:45 and 11 AM.
Home Delivered Meals
We are looking for volunteers to deliver meals to recipients in the town and city of Verona. Mileage reimbursement and extra liability insurance is available.
RSVP Volunteer Driver Escort
Drive town and city of Verona seniors to medical appointments in the Madison and surrounding areas. Mileage reimbursement and extra liability insurance is
available.
Loan Closet Assistant
We are looking for volunteers to manage loan closet equipment, schedule donation appointments, and track inventory. This opportunity is available on Tuesdays or Thursdays. See page 18 for more details.

Volunteer Corner

For more information, call Alasa at 608-848-0431

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: DRIVING FOR RSVP

 

Hello, my name is Dan and I heard about RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program – Dane County) when my wife came home from the Verona Senior Center and said, “They really need drivers.” I sent in an application, and after a little training, I was driving last spring, taking people to medical appointments. I do just one or two rides a week. Riders are happy to be getting to their appointments, and to have someone waiting for them afterwards. It’s great to feel useful and appreciated. And, as a bonus, I get to hear a lot of interesting life stories.

 

 

 

Driving takes me to areas I might not normally go. I’ve looked for interesting places to visit near each destination clinic. During short appointments, I just read a book in the waiting room. During longer appointments, there are libraries, coffee shops, stores, and parks nearby. One day I went to the zoo. In not too many years, I may be asking for rides myself, from the next generation of volunteer drivers. So, I hope there will be a next generation. To get involved call the Senior Center and ask about RSVP driving.

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: MEALS ON WHEEL DRIVING

 

Hi, my name is Chuck and I’m a volunteer in the Meals on Wheels (MOW) program at the Verona Senior Center. My responsibility in the program involves delivering meals to participating Verona residents to help meet some of their nutritional needs.

 

The kitchen staff at the Senior Center are very organized and helpful which makes volunteering there go as smoothly as possible. I had been looking for something where I could spend some time each week contributing to the community. My wife mentioned the Senior Center was looking for volunteers in the MOW program so, I applied.

 

I’ve been a driver for about two months now and find it quite rewarding. The people I meet while delivering meals are happy to see me (or is it the meal?) and appreciate the MOW driver’s efforts. Plus, it is interesting to chat with my delivery customers. Volunteering is a rewarding way for me to give back to a community where I had worked for several years as a Postal Clerk. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an opportunity to volunteer in a beneficial program that can be flexible with the number of hours you can give.

 

Statistics on Meals on Wheels
63 people
2,895 deliveries (January-September)
3,122 meals served in (January-September)

CHANCE TO GIVE BACK—VOLUNTEER RSVP DRIVING

 

Meet Dwight…

In the summer of 2021, I retired from a long corporate career.  I had spent 40 years working with customers and business partners, leading teams and meeting timelines.  I was ready to retire, relax and take a break……within a couple of months, however, I realized something was missing. I missed those personal interactions — meeting and talking with people. I actually missed having that schedule to which I had grown so accustomed. In some ways, I felt almost bored……not yet ready to take up the rocking chair. My wife was attending some activities at the Verona Senior Center and suggested I look into doing the same.  I made some inquiries and was asked if I would consider volunteer driving.  Last August, I started driving through the RSVP program, delivering lunchtime meals in the Verona area. I also volunteered to provide occasional rides for folks who can’t drive to medical or social appointments. Now, a year later, I couldn’t be more satisfied with taking that step. I have a regular weekly routine.  The program is flexible and the staff is great.  I have met many wonderful and interesting folks on my routes and truly enjoy the ability to help – to give back some of my time for others.  If you’re like me, I’d encourage you to check out RSVP — small time cost, with big reward.

 

 

The Verona Senior Center has many open volunteer positions.

* Kitchen Assistant

* Drivers

* Greeters – no computer skills needed

* Front desk Volunteers – computer experience needed

* Coffee Assistants and more!

We will train anyone willing to learn.  No experience needed.  For more information, please call 608-845-7471.

We are looking for volunteers to deliver meals and take seniors to medical appointments. This is a flexible position and drivers are offered mileage reimbursement and additional liability insurance.

 

– We are looking for volunteers to help in the kitchen. Duties include washing dishes, wiping out lunch bags, wiping down surfaces, cleaning up the coffee station and warming up heat packs for the home-delivered meals. Morning and afternoon shifts available.

 

– We are looking for volunteers to help at our front welcome desk.  Duties include registering people for programs, answering phones and greeting people. Having some basic computer skills are helpful.  Morning and afternoon shifts are available.

Meals on Wheels Drivers

 

We are looking for volunteers to deliver meals to area seniors.  Meal deliveries take place Monday – Thursday starting at 11:00 AM.

 

This is a flexible position and drivers are offered mileage reimbursement and additional liability insurance.  A couple hours a week can mean so much to seniors in need of nutritious meals.

 


Driver Escort Volunteers for RSVP

 

 

DESCRIPTION –  Do you like to drive and connect with others? How about becoming a Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) driver?  We rely on our volunteer driver service to transport seniors to medical appointments and other necessary appointments outside the City of Verona.

 

We are looking for volunteers to take seniors to medical appointments outside of  Verona.  This is a flexible position and drivers are offered mileage reimbursement and additional liability insurance.  Please consider giving the gift of independence to our seniors and veterans.

 

Personal Interaction draws Volunteer to Driving Passengers: For more about one volunteer’s decision click here.

 


Lunch Volunteers

 

DESCRIPTION – The Senior Center provides a healthy lunch to older adults.  We provide these meals daily.  The duties include setting dishware on the tables, serving the lunch, clean up and wiping down the tables.
TIME COMMITMENT– Days and times are flexible between 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Monday – Friday.

Kitchen Helpers

 

Do you enjoy working with food? The Senior Center is looking for a couple volunteers to help prepare the Meals on Wheels and Drive Up meals. This opportunity would require standing for 2-3 hours and the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.

Loan Closet Managers

 

Do you like working with people and offering assistance in finding resources? The Senior Center is looking for 2-3 volunteers to maintain inventory in our loan closet and schedule appointments with people who want to borrow or donate items.

Front Desk Volunteers

 

Do you love customer service? The Senior Center is looking for a few volunteers to provide a welcoming face at the front desk. Duties include answering phones, greeting visitors and registering people for programs using the computer. This opportunity would have a set weekly schedule and shifts would be 3 – 4 hours a day.

 

DESCRIPTION– Greet and welcome new and current users of the Center.  The volunteer provides information about the Center and registers seniors for activities and programs over the phone and in person.  They also take messages for and transfers calls to staff and perform miscellaneous clerical duties.  Some computer skills are required.

 

TIME COMMITMENT– Days and times are flexible between 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday.

Outdoor Plant Helper

 

Do you love the outdoors? We are looking for volunteers to help manage and water our new raised garden beds. This opportunity is weather dependent but most weeks would require 2-3 visits each week.

 


Marketing & Social Media Assistant

 

DESCRIPTION – Assist our Board Member Rich Bartlett with the Friends of Verona Senior Center website.  Must have computer skills.

 


Special Events Volunteer

 

DESCRIPTION – Assist the Program Manager and Program Assistant by helping with planning and set up/clean up for Special Events. This includes decorating, greeting all users and directing them to the event as people arrive.

 


Foot Care Volunteer

 

DESCRIPTION – Assist foot care provider with greeting of the participants, checking them in and filling soaking tubs for each participant.
TIME COMMITMENT– One Monday per month 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 


Light Housekeeping Assistant

 

DESCRIPTION – Assist Program Manager by performing light housekeeping, including cleaning chairs, tables and sweeping the patio. Also stocking coffee stations with cups, plates, napkins, etc.

Cleaning Assistants

 

Is cleaning your thing? Then we have an opportunity for you! The Senior Center is looking for a few volunteers to help staff clean tables and chairs after inhouse programs. This opportunity would be flexible and would vary from week to week.


Board Members

 

Do you like a variety of clerical work or helping with fundraising activities? The Senior Center is looking for a few board members. Duties include attending a once a month board meeting, helping with fundraisers, promote or deliver program notices to businesses. This opportunity would vary from week to week.

HEY!!!      We Need You!!

 

Do you enjoy summer weather? We are looking for volunteers to lead our weekly bocce ball club. No experience necessary! If interested, please contact Alasa.