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Volunteer with PVI


Volunteers are the heart of our organization. They support our mission in so many ways, whether from the headquarters in Menlo Park, remotely, or throughout the mid-Peninsula. Volunteer hours are typically held Monday through Friday. Most in-person volunteering ends by 3 p.m.

We invite you to join us for Meals on Wheels, Rosener House, or Little House. See what calls to you and please get in touch!

How can you help individually?

  • Deliver meals Mon – Fri from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Make birthday cards and gift bags for our meals on wheels clients. Virtual opportunity.
  • Be a tech tutor for our seniors learning to use their phones, iPads and laptops. Flexible schedule.
  • Database updates. Flexible schedule
  • Front Desk Volunteer: M-F. Additional shifts: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. A volunteer shift will consist of the following: Answer PVI Phone + Take Messages Complete over the phone intakes for those interested in our program Assist with visitors in the absence of Admin Help with mailings or other office duties Care Companions: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., M-F. A volunteer shift will consist of the following: 1. Set-up for lunch (wiping tables, set up placemats) 2. Assisting activity leaders with morning activities 3. Clean up after lunch 4. Conversation with the participants Virtual Volunteers: Friday 11-12 p.m. – Bingo on Zoom 1. Calling out the bingo numbers as they pop up on screen 2. Bringing some energy to the group 3. Give lots of praise and check in frequently to see how far along everyone is 4. Make a big deal about the winners 5. Call individuals by name 6. Give time in between numbers for everyone to check their cards

Apply Now

Please fill out our quick and easy online application

Contact Ann Eisenberg at (650) 272-5108 or [email protected] for more information

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Interested in Volunteering

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Corporations, affinity groups, faith based organizations and membership groups are welcome to join us in a group volunteer event.

PVI appreciates the gracious donation of time and energy to help seniors live independently, age successfully and engage in exploring a range of new activities, social interactions and programs to enhance their lives while improving the community.

  • Packing food for delivery to Meals on Wheels recipients (M-F 8- 10 a.m. and some afternoons from 3- 5 p.m. weekdays)
  • Preparing emergency and commodity kits for homebound seniors to be delivered with Meals on Wheels. (flexible hours and group size)
  • Preparing Room and Serving Meals : Decorate café, greet and seat patrons, serve meals and donate towards cost of providing a hot, nutritious lunch to seniors who visit Little House. Help clean up after luncheon. (Monthly options, often Thursdays from 10:30- 1 p.m.
  • Teach a technology based program to interested seniors or offer workshop (flexible schedule and weekday hours)
  • Help grow a garden: Both Rosener House and Little House have beautiful planter boxes, but with the change in weather, the vegetable and herb gardens need revitalization. Bring bulbs and seed starts and help till the soil, water and weed.
  • Create works of art for the seasonal holidays. Students and their parents can make something beautiful to share with people who visit Little House and/or Rosener House and Meals on Wheels.
  • Host a fundraising drive: Volunteers can help by coordinating a car wash, garage sale, neighborhood barbecue and donate the funds to Rosener House, Little House or Meals on Wheels at PVI. (Weekends. weekdays or evenings).
  • Outreach to the community: Help spread the word about PVI and its programs. Host a “party with a purpose” to collect funds. (Flexible)
  • Sponsor some entertainment: Bring your chorale, musical harmonia, symphonic serenades, comedy shows, piano soloists or other entertainment for the seniors at our locations. Call well in advance as these slots fill up. (Flexible dates and times weekdays only).
  • Groups are encouraged to sponsor a lunch with a donation of $400 minimum to create a free, festive lunch for seniors who enjoy dining in the café. (Once a month, often on Thursdays from 11:30-1 p.m.)
  • Bring baked goods and homemade cards/placemats for occasions: During the year we celebrate a variety of events, help us make these days special by scheduling to make bake goods and deliver them in advance, make cards, decorations and/or placemats to brighten the days of seniors at our locations. 

All of these opportunities and more are available for groups of any sort. Group volunteering must be scheduled 2 weeks ahead (minimum) – 6 months in advance.  If your group would like to routinely volunteer to do a group project, that is welcome too.

People under 16 are welcome to participate on-site, but must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the volunteer activity. We look forward to hearing from you and working with your group to create a meaningful and engaging volunteer experience.