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
Please fill out our quick and easy online application
Contact Ann Eisenberg at (650) 272-5108 or [email protected] for more information
The History of PVI Volunteers
More than 70 years ago, a small group of women had the foresight to recognize the complex needs of the aging in our community, and the visionary non-profit organization, Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., (PVI) was born.
In an effort to ensure that those who helped build our community could continue to live in their community with purpose and dignity, the founders established an organization dedicated to improving their quality of life. Decades before others were focusing on seniors, these pioneers decided to create high quality and nurturing programs for the aging that were sorely needed then, and more so now.
Our PVI membership is comprised of dedicated volunteers, all of whom are women. The membership elects the Board of Directors that operates both PVI and PVP (a separate Board for our affordable senior housing operations) whose program expense budgets exceed $5 million annually.
Members serve as Board members, committee members, and supporters of programs, projects, and events. Our members are committed to supporting the organization and its mission through their time and donations, and as voices in the community.
Learn more about the Peninsula Volunteers
- Serve on committees that directly support our four major programs – Little House, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House, and PV Properties – through organized events and activities such as March for Meals, Rosener House Holiday Boutique, Valentine’s Day at Little House and Crane Place Socials
- Serve on our Board of Directors and fill other elected and appointed positions in our organization
- Participate and support our fund raising initiatives that “close the gap” between program revenues and expenses
- Are active and involved members of a community – including friends and acquaintances – in which they serve as a source of information about our senior programs
- Participate in the programs we offer, particularly at the Little House, Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center
Fundraising is Critical
Our organization’s annual operating budget exceeds $5 million. Each year there is a shortfall not covered by our program revenues. Peninsula Volunteers members are actively engaged in fund raising initiatives to close that gap.
- An Annual Giving campaign that generates unrestricted funds for all programs
- A Heritage Society to encourage and facilitate planned and memorial gifts
- Three major annual fund raising events as well as several smaller initiatives
This event has introduced exciting Bay Area authors to our audiences for more than 25 years, raising more than $1 million in support. Some of our award winning luminaries: Suze Orman, Khaled Hosseini, Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler), Michael Krasny, T.J. Stiles, Simon Winchester, Abraham Verghese, Adam Hochschild, Bruce Henderson, and Joyce Maynard.
Baubles Bangles & Bags
In just eight years, this shopping extravaganza of handbags and jewelry has become a signature event raising more than $1.3 million since inception. Always popular, always a hit – something new and exciting at every one-day event.
More than 40 local restaurants support this annual one-day fund raiser for Meals on Wheels by donating a portion of their daily revenues. Our partner restaurants are helping us alleviate senior hunger in our community and we urge you to patronize them.
Our organization welcomes those women who are interested in becoming part of a historic, hard-working, dedicated group of volunteers who are committed to our mission. Some of our members have been active in the organization for more than 50 years!
Our prospective members spend a provisional year learning about the organization and participating in specially designed provisional activities, including fundraising. All Provisional and Active members pay annual dues of $150.
Members have several responsibilities, include
- Paying dues
- Attending meetings
- Actively supporting programs, projects, and events with time and donations
- Participating in the Annual Campaign for funds
Typically our members have sponsors who are current members. For those who are new to the area, we can arrange for you to meet with several of our members to ascertain if we are a good fit and would welcome that opportunity.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact us at 650-272-5001 or email us at [email protected], and we will forward your request to the Membership Chair.
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.
Interested in Volunteering
Feel free to contact us with any questions.