Through helpful programs and services, personal enrichment, and volunteer engagement, the Shepherd’s Center of Northern Virginia (SCNOVA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been working since 1998 to improve the quality of life as we age. This is done by enabling our senior neighbors to live full and productive lives while aging in place. Read on for more details and information on how you can get involved!
Volunteer Position Details
Are you looking for a purposeful activity to engage in that will improve the lives of others? Look no further! Join us today to help our communities’ older citizens, caregivers, and veterans allow for more seniors to age in the comfort of their own homes.” Here are many of the volunteer opportunities available with SCNOVA.
Health-Related and Companion Drivers
Adults 50+ are transported and accompanied by drivers to medical appointments or errands like grocery shopping, banking, library visits, or some SCNOVA educational or social events.
Drivers for Food Delivery
Elderly adults who are incapable of purchasing food for themselves need assistance. Deliver meals to their front door or pick up prepaid online food orders in a contactless manner.
Handy Helpers offer a variety of in-home services, including simple home repairs and installs (basic carpentry, installing grab bars, light painting, etc.), gardening, lawn care, and even computer support.
For seniors who live alone, require social connection, or may have few touch points with others, regular weekly phone calls from friendly callers can be beneficial. Any significant variations in their emotional or physical state will be reported by volunteers to the SCNOVA office so that any necessary professional follow-up can be given.
Friendly visits from volunteers lessen loneliness, offer touch, discussion, reading (for those who are blind), and friendship. Additionally, volunteers will let the SCNOVA office know if the client needs any additional services or if their emotional or physical condition changes so that any necessary professional follow-ups can be given.
Veterans Initiative: Vets Helping Vets
In this program, volunteers make regular phone calls, visits, or both to selected seniors who are veterans, as well as phone calls to other veterans. This program, which SCNOVA began in 2018, aims to address the special requirements of veterans who live independently.
To assist the Operations/Volunteer Manager, office volunteers receive phone calls from clients seeking services, input transportation requests into the NV Rides Scheduler computer program, and assist with other tasks as assigned each week during SCNOVA office hours.
Assistants for Social Media
Social media assistants help develop, upload, and distribute content for the Shepherd’s Center of Northern Virginia’s website. They work on important projects like helping the marketing/communication manager design a social media and marketing campaign, researching competitors, and developing an online persona. This position offers 1-2 hours per week spent working remotely from home.
Adventures in Learning (AIL) Committee
The Adventures in Learning (AIL) Committee oversees the three semesters of the program, sets the calendar, and finds speakers and participants.
Congregational Advisory Council
Members of the Congregational Advisory Council speak for their particular churches and exchange information about SC and congregational activities.
The SCNOVA Development Committee assists in planning Friend-raisers that promote community interaction, raise money for SCNOVA programs and services, and create events designed to increase community involvement and awareness of the SCNOVA purpose.
The Grant Committee seeks funding for SCNOVA through grants from philanthropic and local organizations.
IT Technology Committee
The executive director and staff are assisted by the IT Technology Committee in choosing and maintaining the hardware and software utilized for SCNOVA administration and programs.
The marketing committee develops and produces promotional materials (such as flyers, advertisements, and social media posts) and works with the executive director and employees to promote programs and services.
Special Events Committee
The SCNOVA fundraisers, senior socials, and SC learning luncheons t are all organized by the SCNOVA Special Events Committee.
The annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon is organized by the Volunteer Committee, which also oversees the recruiting, retention, and appreciation of volunteers for all SCNOVA service and instructional activities.
Interested in Volunteering?
Each year, our amazing team of volunteers donates more than 10,000 hours to helping seniors in our community. Because of the Shepherd’s Center’s innovative methodology, adults can donate their time to help vulnerable elders in need of support. The devotion and passion of our volunteers, who are the heart and soul of our organization, enable us to offer all of our vastly diverse activities and services.
Are you looking for a fulfilling way to volunteer your time and skills? Please contact our office today to find out more information on ways that you can volunteer and get involved at SCNOVA today!