Volunteers are an integral part of Sentara Senior Services and assist in pioneering health care that you can trust for a lifetime. At our nursing homes, assisted living facilities, PACE locations and Mobile Meals our volunteers serve with the common mission and vision to improve health every day and to be the healthcare choice of the communities we serve.
Sentara Senior Services utilizes both Adult and Junior Volunteers. All volunteers are offered flexible schedules to accommodate their lifestyles.
Opportunities are available for junior volunteers wishing to work during the summer months and through the school year after attending an initial summer program. Junior Volunteers must be at least 14 years old on or before June 1st and complete the 8th grade by the end of June, with a “C” or better average. Junior Volunteer applications are mailed out in the spring. If you are interested in becoming a Junior Volunteer please contact the Sentara Senior Services Volunteer Coordinator.
Note: Sentara does not participate in mandated community service hours.
For more information on the volunteer program, contact the Sentara Senior Services Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (757) 892-5426. Sentara Senior Services includes locations in: Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Currituck, NC. For a complete listing of senior services at Sentara, download a printable brochure.
If you are interested in volunteering for Mobile Meals, please contact: Mobile Meals of Norfolk: Doree Richardson; email@example.com; Mobile Meals of Churchland: Mekel Stewart; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sentara Senior Services Volunteer work assignments include (but are not limited to): assisting with religious services, in the dining room, special events and parties, pet therapy, scheduled group recreation programs, providing entertainment programs and community outings. Volunteers also help by delivering mail, visiting and talking to individuals (conversing, helping them write letters and/or reading to them), passing fresh ice/water, or helping out with office tasks.
All of the following are requirements that apply to most Adult and Junior Volunteers. If you do not feel that you are able to meet each and every one of these requirements, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator prior to applying. We hope and prefer that interested individuals can commit to one year or 100 hours of volunteering if at all possible. Junior Volunteers are asked to volunteer a maximum of two days a week for at least four (4) hours a day.
- In-person interview with Volunteer Coordinator
- Attend a one-time orientation session
- Return all required paperwork (application, information sheet, etc.)
- Provide a health reference letter from your physician (form provided)
- Two (2) Tuberculosis skin tests, performed 10 days apart by the Sentara Occupational Health Department*
- Annual flu shot performed by Sentara Occupational Health Department*
- Submit to a criminal background check**
- Purchase a volunteer uniform (cost $15 each)
- Annual training (e.g. confidentiality agreement)
*All required health tests and background check are free-of-charge to the prospective volunteer.
**All volunteers must pass a Universal Background Screening that provides a criminal background on the prospective volunteer. There is not cost to the volunteer. Junior Volunteers do not complete criminal background checks.
Benefits of Volunteering
- Opportunity to serve others
- Free health screenings and vaccines
- Awards and recognition programs
- Special events (annual holiday celebration)
- Complimentary meal for individuals that volunteer at least four (4) hours a day
To volunteer, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Julie VanderMolen at (757) 892-5426.
You can also complete the online volunteer application including all names, addresses and phone numbers. Then select Senior Services - Life Care as your preference. Submission of application does not necessarily guarantee volunteer placement. Volunteer opportunities are available as Sentara Senior Services' need allows.