Your Gifts Make A Difference
The gift of compassion - senior living volunteer opportunities in Salem & Roanoke
Volunteering keeps us engaged in life and can promote personal growth and self-esteem. Whether it is an ongoing commitment, fulfilling school service hours or a one-time endeavor, we welcome any gifts you want to share! At Richfield Living, we welcome both individual and group volunteers on our Salem, VA, campus, and opportunities will also open up on our Roanoke campus. An individual’s ability to volunteer is contingent upon their dependability, and their willingness and ability to perform the assigned tasks. All Richfield volunteers must be at least 14 years of age unless they are with a supervised group.
“I love to call bingo – the residents are so appreciative. If you can just get the residents to open up a little bit you can learn so much from them.”
Velva | Daughter of Joseph C. Thomas Memory Care Resident
Richfield has a diverse selection of volunteer opportunities to match your interests:
Computer and communications assistance
Perfect for students to use their computer skills to help residents stay connected. Some of our residents don’t know how to use computers to communicate, and others are suffering from conditions that make it hard to use computers on their own. This makes them feel disconnected from family and friends in today’s cyber world.
In our assisted living residences, Richfield offers a state-of-the-art “It’s Never 2 Late” touchscreen computer system with Skype, email and a host of other features; however, many residents need help to learn how to use the computer. Volunteers can help by teaching residents how to send and receive email messages, chat with family, play online games, listen to music or just surf the web.
The rewards for students are endless. You’ll enjoy sharing your skills with others, making new friends, and maybe even exploring career options in a healthcare setting. Most of all, you will make a positive difference in someone’s life!
One-on-one visits can make someone’s day
Another rewarding volunteer option is to spend some quality, one-on-one time visiting with a resident. Not sure what you could do with a resident? Even the simplest of activities can brighten someone’s day. Suggestions of things to do include:
- Reminiscing & conversation
- Arts & crafts
- Pet visits
- Computer activities
- Manicure & hand massages
Your visit length will depend on each resident’s needs. Our previous and current volunteers can attest to the special bond you’ll build with the residents you visit.
Do you have a green thumb? Join our garden volunteers!
Richfield has beautiful garden areas throughout our campus – thanks in part to our volunteers who offer their time and expertise outside! Here are some ways you can help:
- Adopt a courtyard
- Planting flowers or vegetables
- Keeping the gardens & weeded
- Flower arranging
Enjoy the fresh air and grow something beautiful for others to enjoy – what a great way to make a difference!
Share your talents - lead a group activity!
No one’s ever too old to have a good time – so this is your opportunity to share your talents with our residents in group activities. Group activities typically last from thirty minutes to an hour. We have leadership opportunities on our Salem campus for:
- Art class
- Seminars or travelogues
- Movie night
- Bingo & other games
- Musical performances
- Book club
- Reminiscence groups
- Brain fitness activities
- Seasonal events, and any other ideas you might have!
Community Engagement Manager
To become a volunteer on our Salem, VA, campus, click on either the group or individual application links in the side panel. For more information email Ravan, or call 540.380.6526.
Frequently asked questions about volunteering at Richfield Living
14 years or older
Someone from the Marketing team will be contacting you to discuss the opportunities and the process.
Yes, we do. After meeting with the volunteer coordinator, you will be reporting to the building in which you have been assigned. There you will receive training by the activities staff of that service.