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+.

Computer lab

Join the team of people helping students in the Tech 50+ lab. Contact Alvin Scott in the computer lab, by email [email protected] or call the Center.

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:

  • Third 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.

Home help

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

  • Fix-it brigade
  • Friendly home callers make scheduled phone calls and/or home visits to homebound adults 50 years old or older.
  • Respite care for adults with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.

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.

Classes

If you have a particular skill to share or an idea for a new class, contact us and let us know.

Special events

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

Upcoming in-house Center 50+ events 

Volunteer Fair - Friday, September 27th

The public is invited to check out volunteer opportunities with various non-profits in the Salem area.

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Certified Therapy Dog Testing – Saturday, October 5th

Location: Center 50+

Role-playing to help test therapy dogs

Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Upcoming ACT events

Bridgeway Run for Recovery - Saturday, September 21st

Location: Riverfront Park

Helping at the start/finish line - various duties. You will be provided a Bridgeway volunteer t-shirt.

Time: Shifts to be announced.

Salvation Army Family Fair – Saturday, September 21st 

Location: Kroc Center

Hosting games and sports activities

Times: 10:15 am – 1:00 pm / 12:30 – 3:30 pm

Willamette Heritage Annual Fall Gala – Thursday, October 17th and Friday, October 18th

Location: Willamette Heritage Center

Pre-event setup and decorating, greeters, coat check, raffle/auction

Various times: Thursday, 1:00 – 5:00 pm / Friday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm; 4:00 – 9:00 pm

Deepwood Halloween – Saturday, October 26th

Location: Deepwood Gardens

Children's activities: face-painting, games, storytelling, Victorian games / check-in table

Times: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Diabuddies Indoor Basketball Tournament – Friday, October 27th

Location: The Hoop in Salem (3575 Fairview Industrial Dr)

Handing out t-shirts, ticket sales, concession stand

Times: 2 hour shifts between 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

What's happening
Oct. 19
Annual Fall Book Sale10:00 a.m.5:30 p.m.Anderson Rooms A&B
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Friends of Salem Public Library Annual Fall Book Sale - 20,000+ books sorted by subject - Specialty Collection with individually prices rare and collectible books featuring a Mark Twin collection - Silent auction of miscellaneous items, artwork, and retired Children’s Discovery Room items Friends Night at the Fall Book Sale—4-8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 17 (Memberships available at the door) Fall Book Sale—10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. October 18 and 19 $4-Bag Day—1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, October 20 Proceeds support programs at the Salem Public Library.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Oct. 20
Annual Fall Book Sale1:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.Anderson Rooms A&B
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Friends of Salem Public Library Annual Fall Book Sale - 20,000+ books sorted by subject - Specialty Collection with individually prices rare and collectible books featuring a Mark Twin collection - Silent auction of miscellaneous items, artwork, and retired Children’s Discovery Room items Friends Night at the Fall Book Sale—4-8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 17 (Memberships available at the door) Fall Book Sale—10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. October 18 and 19 $4-Bag Day—1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, October 20 Proceeds support programs at the Salem Public Library.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Oct. 23
Cancelled - Literary Discussion Group1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.Plaza Room
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Join other readers to discuss contemporary and classic literature. Free and open to the public. Note: Beginning with the October 9 meeting, the weekly meetings of the Literary Discussion Group will move to the IKE Box, 299 Cottage St. NE.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Contact us

Center 50+
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.
Sunday CLOSED
2615 Portland RD NE
Salem OR 97301
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