Volunteer & Get Involved
The Tallahassee Senior Services Volunteer Program enlists the assistance of more than 450 volunteers who provide programs and serve as support staff. In 2011, volunteers served 195,125 hours at a value of $367,033.
The Tallahassee Senior Center depends on its 450 plus volunteers to offer an outstanding number, variety and quality of programs and services. Older adults (age 55+) are specifically encouraged to lend their interests and skills to Center activities. Their time and talents are matched with opportunities to serve in ways such as greeting newcomers, directing callers, coordinating programs, teaching classes, fundraising, providing health screenings, maintaining the leisure library, serving lunch, helping with data entry and other administrative duties, and serving on advisory boards.
Some volunteers are recruited through a direct call for help. Others come to us with a skill, talent or life experience they want to share. Many times, participants themselves take on these service leadership roles as needs arise. New volunteers receive orientation to Tallahassee Senior Services as well as training pertinent to their area of service. All volunteers must operate within the TSC volunteer policies and procedures, the volunteer and participant standards of conduct and must sign a participant confidentiality agreement.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Except as noted, contact Gena Varn at 891-4005 if interested in any of the following volunteer opportunities:
Greeters to welcome guests and new members. Flexible schedules.
Student Intern Opportunities
Tallahassee Senior Services encourages and promotes the participation of university students by offering a variety of learning experiences. Placement opportunities vary from one-time presentations to full-time internships. Undergraduate and graduate level students learn about an array of senior and caregiver issues and related individual and community service delivery. Students gain knowledge of program planning, partnership development, budgeting, marketing, fundraising, and policy and advocacy.
Students in social work, psychology, nursing, pre-med, recreation and leisure, public administration, communications, and other geriatric-related disciplines can apply for the limited number of internships available. Pre-intern students in geriatric programs are welcome to attend programs at the Senior Center to experience the health and wellness mission of the Center firsthand, however, volunteer positions are rarely available to meet 20-hour or less service-learning requirements.
TSS provides programs and services at the nationally accredited Tallahassee Senior Center and its 15 satellite sites. For more information regarding student opportunities, contact Hella Spellman, 891-4007.