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 and rehabilitation centers, assisted living communities, 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. Junior volunteers must be at least 14 years old on or before June 1 and complete the 8th grade by the end of June, with a “C” or better average.
Note: Sentara does not participate in mandated community service hours.
For more information on the volunteer program, please view a complete list of our locations. Sentara Senior Services includes locations in: Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Currituck, N.C.
Sentara Senior Services Volunteer work assignments include, but are not limited to: assisting with religious services, 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 reading to them), passing fresh ice and 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 hours a day.
- In-person interview with volunteer coordinator
- Attend a one-time orientation session
- Return all required paperwork (application, information sheet, etc.)
- Two tuberculosis skin tests, performed by the sentara occupational health department
- Annual flu shot performed by Sentara Occupational Health Department*
- Submit to a criminal background check**
- 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 no cost to the volunteer. Junior volunteers do not complete criminal background checks.