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Volunteer Opportunities | Senior Services

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center is partnered with RSVP of San Mateo County to provide volunteer opportunities.  RSVP stands for Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.  It is a nationwide network of experienced adults who contribute their time and talents to important programs that strengthen their communities.  RSVP is sponsored in San Mateo County by Mills-Peninsula Senior Focus and is part of the Corporation for National Service.

The VMSC offers volunteer experiences for people of all ages and abilities.

Volunteers Opportunities & Partnerships

  • Instructors:  Teach a group in your area of expertise!  Workshops, Classes & Lectures
  • Gift Shop:  Sales Associate
  • Hospitality Greeters:  Welcome visitors, help at tax time, provide tours, do clerical work, etc.
  • Bingo Volunteers:  Collaborate with other volunteers in overseeing of our Big Game Bingo to help insure a smooth and successful program.  This is a commitment of either Sunday afternoons or Wednesday evenings
  • Friends of the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Advisory Committee
  • Ombudsman:  Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County advocates for residents in long-term care facilities.  See page 16 for more information.
  • Senior Affairs Commissioner - Appointed by the City Council of Redwood City

Maybe you have an idea we haven't thought of?

If you would like further information about our volunteer program or have ideas about volunteer possibilities, please feel free to contact Maryse Frivold, our volunteer coordinator, at (650) 780-7276. Maryse’s hours are Tuesday through Thursday.  She is generally here from 8:00am-4:00pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 8:00am - Noon on Thursdays.

The Friends of the Veterans Memorial Senior Center

The Friends of the Veterans Memorial Senior Center is a non-profit board of directors.  The “Friends” raise funds, independently of Redwood City’s financial support, and work closely with the Manager of the Center to review, suggest or enhance programs serving the senior population of the community. The board meets monthly and several subcommittees meet more frequently to accomplish their tasks.

Fund raising is primarily done by volunteers and the major source of income at this time is regularly scheduled bingo games at the Center. The Center is used on a regular basis by several senior groups. It has its own schedule of classes, seminars, films, exercise programs, and special events, as well as a gift shop. A major function of the Center is providing our nutrition program which offers almost 7000 lunches per year at an inexpensive price thanks to the subsidy provided by the funds from the Friends.

Directors serve three-year terms and some new Directors are elected each year to replace retiring Directors. In addition to the Directors there is an Advisory Committee as well as the City’s Senior Affairs Commission which provide input to the Center and to the board.

If you are interested in being on our board, please contact Janet at (650) 780-7275 to receive an application.

Senior Affairs Commission

The general objectives of the Senior Affairs Commission shall be to encourage, foster, facilitate, establish and maintain programs for the enhancement of all matters relating to the social, economic and personal well being of the City's senior population.

Its duties and responsibilities shall be:

To recommend to the City of Redwood City Council or Manager the establishment of programs, stimulating and encouraging the development and maintenance of senior programs and services in the City and to review periodically such programs as are so established.

To review and make recommendations to the Council and Manager regarding the funding of senior programs and services that operate within the City for the benefit of the City's senior population.

Upon request, therefore, to advise the Council and other boards and commissions of the City regarding any matter affecting the City's senior population.

Regular meetings are scheduled on the second Thursday of each month.

Meeting Schedule - Thursdays 1:00pm in the goldstar room at the vmsc

January 21

February 11

March 10

April 14

May 12

Come Join us!  We’d love to hear from you!

Advocates For Accessible Recreation Incorporated

AFAR was founded in April 1976 to assist in the development of recreation programs for people with special needs.  AFAR primarily supports Redwood City's Special Needs

Afternoon Program (SNAP) through individual scholarships to programs and events.  AFAR provides funding for capital improvements, looking to provide inclusive recreation opportunities for all residents of San Mateo County.  Visit their website: www.afarinc.org 

The SNAP programs are partially funded through a generous grant from Sequoia Healthcare District.

Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County

Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County advocates for residents in long-term care facilities.  An Ombudsman (om-buds-man) is a trained person who investigates complaints and resolves them on behalf of the residents of the 500 long-term care facilities in San Mateo County.

We advocate for the frail and vulnerable clients we serve.  We are also charting the course of care for tomorrow’s elder Americans. Our services are free.

Our work is important. There is a strong statistical possibility that you or a loved one will reside in a nursing home during your lifetime. Our job is to make sure your stay is safe, comfortable, dignified and that all residents receive the quality of care that they have a right to expect. 

Visit the Ombudsman website at: www.ossmc.org or call 650-780-5707

Wider Circle - A New Communities Group

In July, we welcomed Wider Circle to the Center. Wider Circle is a new initiative aimed at expanding and strengthening the circles of human connections between and among older adults that comprise our community.

How did this Wider Circle come about? During a small, docent-led tour of the Turner exhibit at San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum, a group of nine older adults, with a passion for the art history, culture and good food, were brought together. They “connected” and, over a potluck held a few weeks later, the group realized that they felt more alive when they were with each other than they had in years. This example of people looking to discover new community connections, wanting to live life to its fullest and doing something about it, is the foundation on which Wider Circle is built.

“As our circle of human relations ships grows wider and stronger, so does our happiness,” comments Moshe Pinto, co-founder of Wider Circle. “This is the galvanizing force that guides our mission.” Research has shown that happier people tend to lead a healthier lifestyle which sustains vitality and contributes to greater overall wellbeing. Another surprising benefit of building new relationships is that human interaction improves long-term mental acuity.

Working in partnership with community organizations throughout the Bay Area, Wider Circle leverages social experience technology to help design custom-curated, local social circles based on older adults’ shared interests and passions. In Redwood City, Wider Circle is working to enhance activity programming and community-building in partnership with the Redwood City Parks and Recreation’s Senior Center, the Veterans Memorial Senior Center.

The Wider Circle office is located on the second floor of the Wellness Building.  Come on by and say hello.  If you’re interested in getting involved with a Wider Circle social group or would like to learn more about us, please contact Moshe Pinto at moshe@widercircle.net.

Sequoia Village - Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Sequoia Village is a group of local residents with the goal of helping each other to age in place.  We do this by providing access to support services that enable people to engage in community activities and continue to lead independent lives.  Services include transportation, simple home repairs, home safety improvements, social activities, assistance with errands, and more.

Sequoia Village is a non-profit, membership-based virtual community that is available to older adults living in Belmont, San Carlos and Redwood City, including Redwood Shores.  As of January 2016 we have 105 members and over 80 trained and vetted volunteers.

Please contact us if you would like to consider joining Sequoia Village as a member or a volunteer.

Email: infosequoiavillage@gmail.com, Phone: 650-260-4569

Office: 711 Nevada Street, Redwood City

For more info see our webpage: www.sequoiavillage.org

You can follow and “like” us on Facebook. We are also on Twitter.

Sequoia Healthcare District

Sequoia Healthcare District’s mission is to improve the quality of life for District residents by enhancing access to healthcare services and by supporting and encouraging programs and activities designed to achieve health, wellness and disease prevention.

Sequoia Health Care District helps support the Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County, the Adaptive Physical Education program and the Redwood City Special Needs Afternoon program.

Senior Services

FISH

FISH is an all-volunteer service organization which provides Free Medical Transportation to the Residents of Redwood City, Redwood Shores, Belmont and San Carlos. We are open Monday through Thursday and drive as far north as San Mateo and as far south as Palo Alto. For rides, if possible try to call 650-593-1288 at least a week in advance.

FISH welcomes new volunteers to use their phones or to drive just one 1/2 day a month. For information call the number above.

HICAP- Health Insurance Advocacy

Confused about Medicare or other health care insurance?  HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) is a statewide, state and federally funded program for Medicare beneficiaries and their families. 

HICAP provides information, counseling, and assistance to consumers regarding the Medicare program, supplemental (Medigap) insurance, managed health care plans, long term care insurance and other health insurance issues.  All of these services are provided by highly trained, volunteer counselors who are certified by the California Department of Aging. 

Call the Main Office to make an appointment at (800) 434-0222.  Your appointment will be held at your local Senior Center.

Vision Loss Educational & Support Group

A support group for those concerned about potential vision impairment or is already visually impaired or blind.  If you know someone with these concerns, please share this info with them.  This is an educational supportive group chaired by individuals who have knowledge of and dealt personally with vision loss.  Among our topics are:  Biological and medical aspects of vision loss, adjusting to vision loss, tools for independent living & more. 

Contact Lynda (650-504-1650] or Ed (650-851-1966) re: attending or more info.

Lynda’s email: lyndajohnsonbas@sbcglobal.net, Ed’s email: cedwinvaughan@yahoo.com

Hearing Loss Association of America, Peninsula Chapter

Peninsula Chapter (formerly SHHH).  Learn how to thrive even with a hearing loss.  Questions and answers, refreshments and friendships!  Join others like yourself and learn about new technologies to help with your hearing.

We will have guest speakers and group discussions about hearing loss issues that affect us all. Let us know what you would like to know more about or discuss and we will work it into our programming schedule.  For more information, Raegene Castle, 650-369-4717, or email Raegeneandjack@aol.com. 

Hair & Nail Care for Seniors

By appointment only. 

Linda Washington, Cosmetologist.  Thursdays from 10:00am - 4:00pm in the Wellness Center

Call Monday thru Saturday only, no calls on Sundays or holidays. (650) 322-5787 

Haircut (Men & Women) …………..….….$11.00

Shampoo Sets ……..…..…………….……$18.00

Shampoo & Blow-dry ……...………..…….$18.00

Shampoo, Cut, Set, or Blow-dry…......…..$23.00

Pedicure (without polish) …….…....….….$15.00

Pedicure (with polish) ………………..……$18.00

Manicure (without polish) ………………...$13.00

AARP Tax Preparation Service

Wednesdays, During Tax Season Only

Filling out your tax return can be a rather difficult chore.  During tax season, the wonderful volunteers of AARP donate their time and skills to help you file your return The AARP Tax Appointment Hotline will open in January, 2016.  Appointments will be on Wednesdays, form 9am - 3pm.  An appointment is required for this free service.  Check the January-February addition of the VMSC Senior Sentinel for a phone number and details.

AARP Drivers Safety Class

An 8-hour two-day class is offered for those who have not taken an AARP Drivers Safety Class.  If you’ve taken the full 8-hour class within the past 3 years, there is a 4-hour refresher class. Your auto insurance company may give you a discount on your premium when you present a certificate of completion.  Classes are offered at different times during the year.  For more info, call (650) 780-7274.

Senior Center Transportation

The Senior Center Van operates Tuesday thru Thursday, providing a free round-trip from your Redwood City home to the Center.  Get out of the house and enjoy the company of friends, new & old. Generally pick-up is in the morning & the return trip is in the afternoon.  Call (650) 537-2969 for info.