Center 50+ could not exist without volunteers. If you have a few hours a week and an interest in helping your community, review the Center 50+ Volunteer Handbook and contact the Center 50+ volunteer coordinator.  You can also complete the Center 50+ Volunteer Application and return it to Center 50+.

Friendship Brigade

The Friendship Brigade recruits, trains, and connects caring volunteers with isolated seniors living in local community care and nursing facilities. To become a visiting volunteer please complete the Friendship Brigade Application and section 2 of the DHS background Check Request (MSC 0301QED). Sign up for our next orientation/training today! Orientation/training schedule:

  • Second Monday 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Fourth Saturday 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

To learn more, contact program coordinator Heidi Miller by email.


Center 50+ Respite program staff and volunteers provide a caring, supportive, and safe environment for individuals living with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease and related dementia while caregivers receive a five-hour break from caregiving responsibilities. Assist with activities and encourage social connections.

Home help

You can help those who can't come directly to the center:

  • Fix-it brigade – Minor home repairs (ie: deadbolts, peepholes, etc.)
  • Friendly home callers make scheduled phone calls and/or home visits to homebound adults 50 years old or older.

Friends boutique

Volunteers help sell consignment and donated goods for our boutique. Some record keeping and organization is involved. You would also use a cash register and credit card machine.


If you have a particular skill, talent, or can teach Computer Basics for example, contact us and let us know.

Special events

Volunteers are needed to help with special events and other short-term projects.

Center 50+ Respite program has volunteer openings for one day a week (either Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday at 10:00am-3:30 or 4:00pm).

Volunteers for one-time events are always available. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information: [email protected] or 503-588-6303. (volunteer application required).

What's happening
Oct. 26
Resilience - Bend But Don't Break - Center 50+ presentation10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.Virtual Meeting

Dr. Tom went from working in the trenches fighting tooth decay to now fighting truth decay. From working in a dental cavity to now working in a mental cavity. He provides an entertaining and thoughtful look at real life stressors, providing real life solutions. You will leave ready to take on these challenging days with resiliency. Advance registration required. You'll need a smartphone, computer or tablet to take part in this Zoom presentation. Register online and a Zoom link will be emailed to you with a Zoom guide and more.

Cost: $ 10

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Turisch, the Doc of Communication

Phone: 503-588-6303

Read a Book & Chat with the Author: "DERAILED" - Center 50+ event1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Let's experience book reading in a whole new way; read "Derailed" and Zoom chat with Mary Keliikoa. Mary is a mystery writer, and this book, her first, was picked by the 2020 Quarantine Book Club. It begins a 3-book series set in Portland, Oregon. "Derailed" can be purchased on Amazon or your local bookstore. Best to read by class date. A Zoom meeting invitation will be sent to you a several days ahead of class. You'll need internet connection, either a laptop or desktop computer with camera & microphone, tablet or smartphone. Registration cost is $5. Dimensions of Wellness: Social, Intellectual and Emotional

Phone: 503-588-6303

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Oct. 27
Acrylic Painting - Center 50+ online class10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

You will enjoy painting a portrait of either a landscape, floral, animal seascape or still life. In order to attend this class online, you will need a laptop computer, desk computer with camera and microphone, smartphone, or tablet. Class will be held utilizing GoToMeeting. After students have registered for class, instructor Bridget Miller will send more information via email or phone. Last date to register for class is the Friday before each Tuesday class.

Cost: $ 14

Presenter: Instructor Bridget Miller

Phone: 503-588-6303

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Center 50+
​Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 infection, Center 50+ is closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020. Because Center 50+ serves a population considered to be at higher risk for contracting the virus, serves more than 250 people each day, and we cannot guarantee social distancing, Center 50+ will remain closed until the Oregon Health Authority deems it safe to reopen.

Congregate meals offered Monday through Friday at Center 50+ will continue through a drive-up option. Follow for virtual program offerings during this time. Call -503-588-6303.

Regular Hours suspended:
Monday 7:30 a.m–9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
2615 Portland RD NE
Salem OR 97301
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