Virtual and/or In-Person with Precautions: Multiple Volunteer Opportunities with Shepherd’s Center Fairfax & Burke (SCFB)

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The Shepherd’s Center has a vision: A World Without Loneliness. To achieve that vision, they work hard to ensure that as members of the community age, they do so with dignity and experience a high quality of life. Services include health advocacy, decluttering advice, food pick-up and delivery, and friendly callers and visitors, including to but not limited to veterans.

If you are interested in the following opportunities, please contact Volunteer Specialist Shannon White at swhite@volunteerfairfax.org.

*Background checks are required, and are conducted at the expense of SCFB.

Shepherd’s Center serving the Fairfax/Burke area has three available volunteer opportunities:

  1. Friendly Phone Caller (work from home)
    1. Time commitment: about 2 hours/month
    1. Volunteers are paired with older adults wishing for an occasional phone conversation.
    1. Flexible schedule to be determined between volunteer and client.
  • Transportation Drivers
    • Drive clients to critical medical appointments and essential shopping trips.
    • All drive occur during normal business hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday
    • Trips typically last less than three hours.
    • Destinations are within the general Central Fairfax and Burke area, as well as in South county along Route One corridor.
    • All clients requesting this service are able to get in and out of vehicles independently without the use of wheelchairs.
    • COVID-19 safety precaution are instituted.
    • Our own personal vehicle is required.
  • Social media team member (work from home)
    • Flexible schedule
    • Contribute your ideas and skills to promote free support services and enrichment programs for seniors (50+) within the community
    • Tell inspiring stories about the volunteers and seniors through writing, photos, and/or videos
    • Publicize informative and enjoyable educational programs
  • Webmaster (work from home)
    • Set your own schedule: approximately 10 hours/month
    • Training provided
    • Qualifications:
      • Software and computer competency
      • Patient with a broad range of requests
    • Maintain website:
      • Update site photos and images
      • Maintain email accounts
      • Revise design as required
      • Transmit batch emails as requested
      • Provide monthly statistics regarding usage
  • Office/Admin volunteer (work from home)
    • Time commitment:
      • 6 hours/ month (two 3-hour shifts)
      • Monday-Friday: 10:00 am-1:00 pm, 1:00-4:00 pm
    • Training provided
    • Match volunteer drivers with local seniors needing transportation to medical appointments and shopping:
      • Make calls
      • Provide information
      • Data entry

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