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 for the summer term. 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, contact  Jamie Marner,  JWCC Literacy  Coordinator, at 217.641.4153 or email jmarner@jwcc.edu.

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:

MOW is in great need of drivers to fill all of their many slots once a week or more, or once a month, or as a substitute.   It takes about an hour.  A great way to learn more about the community and serve the community.  We encourage you to deliver with a friend – one  person drives, one person delivers.  You can visit with your friend while you deliver!  If you aren’t able to deliver – please mention it at your church or other organization.  Together we can fill the needed slots.  Call 217.223.7904 for more information or to volunteer.

Carry-Out Caravan—Grocery Shopping Program:

Two volunteers are needed who like to grocery shop and want to get exercise! Join a great group of volunteers who fill grocery orders on Tuesday mornings at the HyVee on Harrison.  Volunteers fill orders for older individuals who are unable to do their own grocery shopping—helping them to remain in their homes for a longer period of time.  Volunteers arrive about 7:30 a.m. and finish by about 10:00 a.m.  The volunteer has a shopping list, fills the grocery cart and then takes the cart through the checkout register.  If interested the volunteer can also deliver the groceries to the homes of those that 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!

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 a 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 unites. 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 Wednesday 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 217.222.8641 ext 386 or sara.colgrove@illinois.gov for more information.

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