Volunteer Opportunities

Horizons:

Horizons Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry needs volunteers to help with the daily preparation, serving, and delivery of meals. An hour of your time once or twice a month will make a great difference to the community in need. Call Horizons at 217.224.5530.

JWCC Literacy Program: 

JWCC is looking for literacy volunteer tutors! Twelve hours of required training can be completed online. The program matches trained tutors on a one-to-one basis with adults who have limited reading or math skills or whose first language is not English. Services are free to JWCC district residents. Tutoring sessions can be conducted remotely via phone, Zoom, or in person. Change a life. Volunteer to be a Literacy Tutor! If interested, please call our Literacy Coordinator, Peggy Poteet, at 217.641.4974 or email mpoteet@jwcc.edu. More information can also be found on our Literacy page.

News & Views: 

RSVP volunteers gather at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center on the last Tuesday of each month to prepare the West Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging “News & Views” for mailing. The newsletter is mailed to 5,000 households in the six county area that WCIAAA serves. Interested in helping? Give the RSVP Office a phone call at 217.641.4961. Physical distancing is arranged – face masks should be worn.

Friendly Caller: 

Friendly Caller is a volunteer opportunity that can be done from your home. Volunteers will make phone calls to individuals who have requested either a supportive/listening/social call or a safety and well-being call. Depending on your availability and interest, you may call once or twice a week – or you might call five days a week. Volunteers will receive training. This program is designed to help address social isolation and loneliness. Volunteers will be matched with an individual to call. Contact Barb Casady at 217.641.4960 for more information.

Villa Kathrine: 

Volunteer hosts are needed. Duties include greeting and helping visitors, collecting admissions for tours and handling souvenir sales. A full orientation program is provided. They are flexible, so volunteers can work whenever they are available. Anyone interested please call 217.224.6922 or 217.224.3688.

Senior Center – Meals on Wheels:

Would you be able to give an hour of your time once a month delivering a Meals on Wheels route? Not only is it a great way to learn more about the community but it is also a tangible way to help those in need. You might want to encourage a friend to go along—one person drives and the other person delivers—teamwork! If you aren’t able to deliver, please mention this need at your church or other organization. The process for delivering MOW is designed so that volunteers stay safe. Call 217-223-7904for more information or to volunteer.

Carry-Out Caravan—Grocery Shopping Program:

Join a great group of volunteers who take grocery orders, fill grocery orders, and/or deliver grocery orders! This is a RSVP program that helps older individuals who are unable to do their own grocery shopping remain in their homes for a longer period of time. A volunteer takes the orders by phone once a week on Mondays from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Volunteer shoppers meet on Tuesdays around 7:30 AM and finish by about 10:00 AM. These volunteers are given a shopping list, fill the grocery cart, and then take the cart through the checkout register. If interested, volunteers may also deliver the groceries to the homes of those who have ordered. If you can’t be there every Tuesday, don’t let that stop you—if you are available one or two Tuesday mornings a month, we can use your good work! For more information, please call the RSVP office at 217.641.4961or email nzulauf@jwcc.edu.

Covered Bottoms Diaper Bank:

This organization is trying to fill the “gap” between the number of diapers a child needs per month and the number of diapers a family can afford. It is working to eliminate this “gap” in our community by providing diapers to families in need. If you would like to volunteer to help wrap diapers, please contact Anita Hanke at 573-231-6202or ahanke@co.adams.il.us for wrapping times, dates, and location.

Illinois Veterans’ Home

Volunteers must be tested every day they wish to volunteer as well as agree to wear a mask/face shield and eye protection, such as goggles, when on the units and/or around residents.

  • Volunteers are needed to escort residents to the Illinois Veterans’ Home’s therapy building for appointments on Wednesdays. The volunteers must be able to push wheelchairs and walk to various units. Times vary depending on the appointment schedule and the number of residents that can be escorted by volunteers.
  • Volunteers are needed in the Welcome Corner on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00 PM to assist with accepting clothing donations, assisting residents with clothing needs, and labeling items to be sent to the laundry. Requirements include being able to lift boxes full of clothes and to push carts.

Contact Sara Colgrove at 217.640.2260 or sara.colgrove@illinois.gov for more information.

If interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact our office 217.641.4961.