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.


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 

Maintenance Closure - Monday, August 19th - Friday, August 30th

Volunteers needed for one day during the first week (august 19-23). Inside and outside cleaning and other duties.

Time: To be announced

Age-Friendly Luncheon - Friday, September 6th 

Set-up, beverage service, and clean-up.

Time: 12:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Volunteer Fair - Friday, September 27th

Set-up and greeters

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Upcoming ACT Events

Deepwood's 125th Birthday - Saturday, August 10th

Location: Deepwood Museum, 1116 Mission ST SE, Salem

Crafts, games, food and music.

Time: 11:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. or 3:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. shifts. (Advanced craft instruction will be scheduled at Center 50+).  Additional help needed for check-in (10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.), set-up (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.), or break-down (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)

Salvation Army Back to School Clothes Shopping - Monday, August 12th

Location: J.C. Penny's Salem

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Salvation Army School Supply Event - Thursday, August 15th

Location: Kroc Center

Indoor event with services and activities for kids. Distribute back-packs and school supplies.  

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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.

Diabuddies Dash - Chris Dudley Foundation Walk-Run - Sunday, October 6th

Location: Exact location in Keizer to be determined.

Cheering, water distribution, etc.

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Rotary Multi-Sport RiverFest 2019 — Sunday, September 15

Location:  Riverfront Park - Salem

Duties are course monitors.

Time:  To be announced 

What's happening
Aug. 19
Free "Pop-Up Downtown" Class: Street Cars of Salem6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Plaza in alley next to JC Penney
305 Liberty ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Brush up on your Salem history with this fascinating class about the days when street cars were in use here.

Presenter: Mark Kavanagh

Phone: 503-588-6303

Aug. 20
Free "Pop-Up Downtown" Class: Presentation and Tour with Park Ranger9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Riverfront Park
500 Water ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Enjoy a presentation at the Riverfront Pavillion, followed by a guided walk into Minto-Brown Island Park with knowledgable Park Ranger Mike Zieker. Please bring binoculars if you have them. There will be approximately 3-5 miles of walking, so please wear comfortable shoes.

Presenter: Mike Zieker

Phone: 503-588-6303

Free "Pop-Up Downtown" Class: Ink Blot Art10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.Plaza in alley next to JC Penney
305 Liberty ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Have fun expressing your creative side with this free class! All ages welcome. Taught by experienced art instructor Stacie Clark. The Plaza is located between JC Penney and the Chemeketa Parkade.

Presenter: Stacie Clark

Phone: 503-588-6303

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.
2615 Portland RD NE
Salem OR 97301
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