Volunteering with Summit Seniors
Summit Seniors provides many ways for members and non-members of all ages to give back through community service.
Front Desk Volunteers
Help the Community & Senior Center by volunteering at the Front Desk to answer phones, sign up new members and work on other small clerical projects. The available shifts are as follows on weekdays:
If you’d like to help, please visit our Front Desk Volunteer Sign-Up page. This is a year-round volunteer opportunity.
Senior Volunteer Companion
The companions are not Certified Nurse Assistants or nurses. They are volunteers helping seniors. They will read to seniors, go for walks, play games etc. They are volunteer friends giving the usual caregiver a break or offering companionship to someone living alone.
This program is already in place in many Colorado towns. Boulder has a well-established program and Summit County’s program will be modeled after theirs.
Volunteers can sign up for the first training at the Senior Center. There is no cost to attend but volunteers are expected to sign up for one or two; 2 hour shifts a week, vacations and part time residence being expected etc.
Interested participants and volunteers can call Sandy Bainbridge at (970) 584-0311 to get more information or ask questions.
Meals on Wheels
The mission of Mountain Meals on Wheels is to provide healthy and nutritious meals to adults of any age who are homebound and unable to prepare their own meals. Meals are prepared in a commercial kitchen located at the Summit County Community and Senior Center. This program is heavily reliant on volunteer drivers, who deliver meals Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays around noon.
Drivers are required to have their own vehicle and be able to pass a criminal background check. If you are interested in delivering meals, or to sign up and receive more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (970) 668-2940. This is a year-round volunteer opportunity.
The 50+ Winter Games is an annual fundraiser for the Summit Senior Center. The 2022 50+ Winter Games will not be held this year. In lieu of the 50+ Winter Games, Summit Seniors are hosting 2 events, an Alpine event on February 14 and a Nordic event on February 15, which will feature a reduced number of games/competitions that are held in the usual 50+ Winter Games. Both events are free and are for athletes who are 50-years-old and older.
The Alpine event on Monday, February 14, will feature a Giant Slalom Race on the mountain at the Keystone Ski Resort, and contestants must register in advance by email. For more information on the registration process and details on the Alpine event, click here.
The second event will be a relaxed, fun morning of Nordic inspired events at the Frisco Nordic Center on Tuesday, February 15. No registration is required for this free Nordic Winter Fun Day. There will be NO timed or race course events this year; all events will be run as fun group activities. Events will include a snowball toss, biathlon, 4k group classic ski, 4k group skate ski, 2.5k group snowshoe, and free lunch. Participate in all or just some of the activities. For more details on the Nordic Winter Fun Day, click here. Summit Seniors are grateful to the Town of Frisco for their in-kind grant that allows us to use the Frisco Nordic Center facility and for promoting this event on their website.
The 40th 50+ Winter games was held February 9, 10, & 11, 2020 and over $13,000 was raised to support Summit Seniors and our support of Summit County senior citizens through our grants. Learn more about the 50+ Winter Games, sponsorship, and see results and photos for 2020. To volunteer for the 50+ Winter Games, contact Cathy Sapp at cathy@summit-Seniors.org.
The Margarita Booth happens in the summer during the Frisco BBQ challenge, 4th of July celebration, where seniors set up a booth and sell margaritas with proceeds going to the Senior Center. If interested, there will be a sign up at the front desk of the Senior Center when it gets closer.
Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID, the Board cancelled the Rummage Sale for 2021.
In 2020 in lieu of the annual Rummage sale, cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a successful donation campaign was undertaken and Summit Seniors raised almost $39,000 to support our annual grant giving for 2020. The annual Rummage sale is the largest fundraiser for Summit Seniors usually raising about $40,000.