Featured Volunteer Opportunities
WISE & Healthy Aging needs volunteers for its WISE Connect program, a program that helps older adults to age in place. Volunteers can be of any age and can have a flexible time commitment. The program is looking for volunteers to make friendly visits, daily phone check ins, assist with groceries, drive to medical appointments, organize social outings and anything else you can think of! It is a great way to bond with a senior in your community and enhance his/her quality of life. Members live in Santa Monica, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades and in other neighborhoods across the Los Angeles Westside. The program is also seeking administrative help in the office (computer skills necessary). Please call (310) 829-5699.
Administration/ Main Office We welcome volunteers at our various offices to answer phones, prepare mailings, file and disseminate materials, plan special events, and take on other tasks essential to help us better serve our clients and the community.
Adult Day Service Center Caring for a loved one who is elderly and frail or has memory loss can be an exhausting task. Caregivers are often overwhelmed with the demands of daily life and providing full-time care to a loved one. The Adult Day Service Center is a safe place for older adults requiring some type of support during the day. Volunteers of all ages are needed to interact one-on-one and in groups with older adults who are dealing with limitations due to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and stroke. Activities include art, singing and dancing, exercise, cooking, gardening, games and discussions.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Representatives of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program serve as advocates for the residents occupying the more than 80,000 beds in long-term care facilities in the city and county of Los Angeles. The goal of the program is to investigate and attempt to resolve complaints made by or on behalf of individual residents in long-term care facilities. As an advocate for residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, Ombudsmen help ensure that residents are treated with consideration and dignity, that their human rights are respected and that they have a reliable visitor. All volunteer Ombudsmen undergo a 36-hour classroom training and receive certification by the State of California Department of Aging. Ombudsmen commit to a minimum of 16 hours per month and must have their own transportation.
"WISE Diner" Healthy Lunches Program Ensure good nutrition for those living independently so they can maintain their health and independence. Help serve a nutritious lunch at one of five sites within the City of Santa Monica. By helping at one of five sites, volunteers help ensure seniors maintain their health and independence. Lunches are served weekdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
AARP Tax-Aide Program A free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service sponsored by AARP. These services are offered to all tax payers with middle and low income, with special assistance to those ages 60 and older. Volunteers assist in preparing Federal and State tax returns of low- and moderate-income seniors and disabled citizens for at least 4 to 6 hours per week between February 1 and April 15 each year. Volunteers participate in an extensive, IRS-approved training course, pass a qualifying exam, and become IRS-certified tax preparers.