Volunteer with Center 50+

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
Jan. 25
"Let's Talk Travel" - First Stop - Hawaii10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.Virtual Meeting

We will soon be able to travel again, and during these next few months you may want to start looking at some wonderful destinations that are awaiting you! All dreamers are welcome, just attend the Zoom meeting and visit with other travelers who will share their tips and "must sees." Each session will have a host and a special guest. After you register you'll receive a Zoom invitation and a Zoom guide, which includes a link to a How-to-Zoom tutorial. All those who attend this presentation will be put into a drawing for a Hawaiian gift basket. 7 Dimensions of Wellness: Social, Intellectual, and Emotional

Cost: $ 5

Presenter: Center 50+ staff

Phone: 503-588-6303

Jan. 26
January Acrylic Painting - Center 50+ online class10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Virtual 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. After students have registered for this class the instructor will contact you and give you more information.

Cost: $ 14

Presenter: Bridget Miller

Phone: 503-588-6303

Learn more

Exploring Together: A Focus on the LGBTQIA+ Community6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Using resources available through the library and the Internet, Salem Public Library invites the community to explore queer political and social history, identities, and the role of allies in supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. In this series of community conversations, staff will act as facilitators and work to establish a respectful and supportive space for everyone to contribute their thoughts, share questions, and explore the ideas from the readings and videos. Each of the three discussions will have its own focus: Session 1: Today & Yesterday (January 26); Session 2: Understanding LGBTQIA+ (February 23); Session 3: Effective Allyship (March 23) We ask that you prepare for these discussions by reading or watching at least one entry from the suggested resources list for each month. Sign up and access the resource list now; you will receive the Zoom login information by email on the morning of the discussion.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Contact us

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 https://www.facebook.com/center50plus/ 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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