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Senior Advocate 
Debra Preston 

Email Address

Phone Numbers
(804) 768-7878
(804) 717-6211 Fax

Mailing Address
9800 Government Center Parkway 
P.O. Box 40
Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Aging and Disability Services
Office of the Senior Advocate - Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers enable the Office of the Senior Advocate to offer programs and services to the community by providing assistance in a variety of ways, many of which are listed below. Most opportunities are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occasionally, assistance is needed on Saturday.

To volunteer, individuals must complete the attached application and meet with the Senior Advocate. For more information, please contact the Senior Advocate at 768-7878 or prestond@chesterfield.gov 

Volunteer Application 

Senior Advocate Volunteer Policy Manual/Handbook 

CATCH Healthy Habits: Teams of adults age 50 and older are paired with children in grades K-5. The program combats childhood obesity through instilling attainable healthy eating and active living habits through a series of hourly sessions. Sessions are comprised of three components – a hands-on nutrition lesson, a healthy snack and fun physical activity. The program helps children to develop healthier lifestyles, while making positive changes for the adult.
Chesterfield Age Wave Coalition Action Committees: Be on one of four committees to carry forward the plan completed by the Coalition in 2015. The committees include Awareness and Access to Resources, Housing and Neighborhood Support, Community Partnerships and Collaboration and a Grant committee. The committees will meet in ad hoc groups to have a deeper more specific contribution toward meeting some of the gaps and services in our county.

Harrowgate Readers: During the school year, volunteers read to a small group of students for 1 ½ hours each month on a Friday morning. An activity to reinforce the story follows and the school provides both the book and activity. These volunteers must enjoy being with children, must like reading, be good listeners and possess patience. Three or four adults will be in each classroom.

Helping Hands Volunteer: Helping Hands assists older adults and individuals with disabilities when they don’t have other resources available to help them fix their homes or maintain their yards. The office receives many calls seeking help with painting, building and installing ramps, mowing grass or raking leaves. This is a great opportunity for individuals, faith-based organizations, civic associations, neighborhoods, businesses and community-based organizations. Volunteers provide an effective work force to help improve their communities.

Information Desk Volunteer: Volunteers answer calls, provide information and document the call accurately and completely. The volunteer must have a desire to be of service and be able to respond to a wide variety of callers in a non judgmental manner.

Kiddy Buddy: Volunteers, 17 or older, will assist another adult in supervising children whose guardians are attending Kinship/Grandparent Connection, a support group for grandparents and other kin who are raising a child. Activities and a snack will be provided to the children.

Marketing Assistant: This volunteer will help create event announcements, press releases, creative signage, brochures and articles for publications using the AP Style. The individual may serve on the newsletter committee or assist with grant research and writing. A good candidate for this position will be self-motivated, creative, well organized and artistic. The volunteer should also be skilled at Microsoft Office and able to work independently.

Office Volunteers: Office volunteers play a vital role in the daily operations of the Senior Advocate’s office. Responsibilities vary widely and may include computer work, mailings, filing, making copies, answering phones, assembling training or information packets and special projects as needed.

Research Assistant: The volunteer will help research various programs, plans and costs and help inventory existing services for older adults.

Senior Ambassador Volunteer: During this 8-week program in the fall, the volunteer will help with the following tasks: setting-up and taking-down tables and chairs for the weekly Senior Ambassador meeting, help to plan the program, recruit the instructors, prepare coffee and other beverages, setting up and working the equipment and networking with the class participants. The volunteer will assist class participants in planning a class project and will help however he or she is needed.

Special Events: These volunteers provide customer service and general support for a variety of special events sponsored by the Senior Advocate’s office. Because of the changing nature of our special events, duties may vary considerably. Essential duties include greeting participants, assisting event coordinators, working the event, and providing information about the activities during the event. Past events include the Student Essay Contest, Triad Senior Day, Fun at the Fairground, Caregiving Workshops, Health and Senior Fairs and Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame.

Special Projects for Children: Through meaningful activities and support, the individual will enhance the monthly or special event experience of the children who attend Kinship/Grandparent Connection meetings. The volunteer will help to plan and host fun and educational activities for the children in the group several times a year.

Telephone Reassurance Volunteer: Volunteers provide brief, daily telephone calls to elderly or disabled county residents to verify their well-being and provide a community connection. This service provides peace of mind and reassurance to the person living alone. Calls are made on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and on Tuesday afternoons from the Senior Advocate’s office.

Triad Volunteer: The individual works with Chesterfield Triad to educate seniors and caregivers about programs, services, techniques and systems that aid in crime prevention and improve the quality of life for senior citizens. The program offers many free safety programs and services. For Triad Senior Day in May, the individual may help with soliciting donations, recruiting vendors, setting up, taking down and working the event.

Volunteer Coordinator: The individual must be self-motivated and reliable, have excellent organizational and communication skills, have a knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting older adults and have the ability to work cooperatively with different types of personalities.

The Chesterfield County Office of the Senior Advocate
P. O. Box 40, 9800 Government Center Parkway
Chesterfield, VA 23832
804-768-7878; Leidheiserd@chesterfield.gov