Volunteer Opportunities

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The Winona Friendship Center has a variety of volunteer opportunities. The Center is selected as a Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and many volunteers are needed to perform light clerical duties, assist in collaborative programs, work in subcommittees and help with special events and recreational programs. If you would like to help out with any of these opportunities please contact us or fill out the Volunteer Application

Practicum/Internship and Student Learning Opportunities

The Winona Friendship Center offers students a chance to work with older adults and gain experience in program administration, planning and client contacts. Students from WSU and SMU Social Work Program are able to complete their required practicum at the Center. The Winona Friendship Center has been proudly recognized for its support of this program. 

Students from other fields also choose the Friendship Center to complete required course work. Winona Senior High and Cotter High Schools send students to the Center for Community Service learning. If you would like to help out with any of these opportunities, please contact us.

  • Reports to: Director
  • The Friendship Center offers internships and practicum experiences for students in any of the following fields: Sociology, Gerontology, Social Work, Therapeutic Recreation, Recreation and Tourism, Athletic Training, Psychology, Nursing, Marketing, Advertising, or Public Relations. If you are interested in discussing opportunities, please fill out the volunteer application and the Director will set up a time to discuss possibilities.

Dementia Friendly Programs

  • Reports to: Dementia Friendly Communities Lead (Senior Advocate)
  • Transportation drivers: Provide transport for program participants to and from programs.
  • Memory Café: Assist with planning and implementing programs for persons with memory loss.
  • Forget Me Notes Chorus: Join participants to assist persons with memory loss for a weekly choral experience.

Chore Corps

  • Reports to: Chore Corps Coordinator (Senior Advocate)
  • Chore Corps provides chore assistance to Winona older adults. Chore Corps volunteers provide the following services: leaf raking, snow removal, gutter cleaning, window washing, light yard work, and other various requests.

Cards & Games Assistant

  • Reports to: Recreation Coordinator
  • Assist with Cards & Game programming as assigned. Volunteer assists with handling money, taking attendance, calling Bingo numbers, or other card duties as assigned and ensures smooth running of the program. Reports all issues to Recreation Coordinator.

Educational Speaker/Instructor

  • Reports to: Recreation Coordinator
  • Provides educational, instructional or social programs to the members. Volunteers will submit proposed program or educational topic to the Recreation Coordinator after submitting volunteer application. Volunteers providing educational information will sign the Speaker Agreement form.

Computer Assistance

  • Reports to: Recreation Coordinator
  • Meet one-on-one with members to provide any or all of the following services: iPad/iPhone/Smartphone set-up and 101, Facebook or email assistance, Zoom or other virtual program help, computer basics, inbox cleanup, basic computer maintenance, any other services requested by patrons.

Activity Council Board of Directors

  • Reports to: Director
  • A 501C3 nonprofit. Members are voted in by the membership annually. An eight to ten member advisory board to Center staff, assisting with programming, policies and procedures affecting the general membership of the Center.
  • Term limits are imposed.

Activity Council Committees

  • Reports to: Recreation Coordinator
  • Dependent on which committee (Card/game, health/education/wellness, innovation/arts, fundraising, finance), members assist with program planning.

Active Wellness Center Monitor

  • Reports to: Director/and Health Specialist
  • Assist members with fitness equipment, workout plans, nutrition plans and more. Ensure safe usage of equipment and proper form while exercising.
  • This position requires training or degree in physical therapy, movement science, or related field.

Lunch Buddies

  • Reports to: Recreation Coordinator
  • Volunteers enjoy lunch with K-4th grade students one week a month. Volunteers serve as a safe and supportive adult in the community. Volunteers build relationships with students through conversation and shared meals. Flexible schedule.

Pen Pal

  • Reports to: Recreation Coordinator
  • Write and receive one letter a month. Pen pals are matched with a student (ages vary) and communicate via letters during the school year. Matches have the opportunity to meet each other on various occasions during the school year.

Community Gardens

  • Reports to: Recreation Coordinator
  • Garden Care: Volunteers care for community plots at the gardens. From weeding, planting, watering, and harvesting.
  • Produce Delivery: Volunteers pick up produce packages and deliver to the home of the client.

Food for Thought

  • Reports to: Recreation Coordinator
  • Volunteers pack snacks at Volunteer Services and deliver to Head Start once per month.

Special Events

  • Reports to: Director and/or Recreation Coordinator
  • Volunteers assist with various special events in a variety of ways such as serving food, set-up and tear-down, and more.

Friendships Forever

  • Reports to: Senior Advocate
  • Assists clients in-home with accessing virtual programming through the Friendships Forever program.
  • Participates in programs with client.