Volunteering with Summit Seniors

Summit Seniors provides many ways for members and non-members of all ages to give back through community service.

Senior Volunteer Companion

The Summit County Seniors, in partnership with The Alpine Area on Aging, is sponsoring a new Senior Volunteer Companion program.

The program is looking for seniors in need of companionship 2-4 hours a week. Trained volunteers will be matched with a senior wanting a companion. The seniors and AAA will be responsible for training and supervising the volunteers. There will be an extensive process for interviewing the family and volunteers. Volunteers just need to be over 18. Care recipients must be over 60.

Volunteering with Summit Seniors

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.

This is a good opportunity to pay it forward! As we live longer these kinds of programs will be needed and appreciated more!

- Sandy Bainbridge, Program Coordinator

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 seniors@summitcountyco.gov, or call (970) 668-2940. This is a year-round volunteer opportunity.

Fundraisers

The 50+ Winter Games is an annual fundraiser for the Summit Senior Center. 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. The 2021 50+ Winter Games will be held on February 8, 9 & 10, 2021. Because of the pandemic, we expect to have changes to the agenda and events for the 2021 50+ Winter Games, but the full extent is not known yet.  To volunteer for the 50+ Winter Games, contact Cathy Sapp at rockymtncmc@gmail.com.

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.

Every August

The Rummage Sale is an annual sale at the Senior Center which will be held from August 8 – 11. Drop-off is August 6 & 7. If you are interested in preparation, or have questions on this event, please email Brenda Alberico at bhalberico@gmail.com.

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.