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 

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. 25
Halloween BINGO6:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.Center 50+
2615 Portland RD NE
Salem OR 97301

Join us for a fun and spooky evening of BINGO on Friday, October 25th. Wear a costume, get a free raffle ticket and strut your stuff in the costume parade. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Includes Bingo games, dinner and a free dauber. Raffle tickets will be available for $1 each, wine and beer for sale and must be 21 years or older. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m. and Bingo at 7 p.m. For more information, call 503-588-6303.

Phone: 503-588-6303

Oct. 26
Fall Community Seismic Project Open House2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.Salem Public Library Main Branch
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Come by for a look at the preliminary design for the Salem Public Library Renovation. Share your ideas and have the chance to talk with key members of the plan team.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Rediscovering Coloring2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.Heritage Room (2nd floor)
Salem Public Library

Adults are encouraged to express themselves through coloring at this drop-in monthly event. A different theme is explored each month. Coloring pages and a variety of pencils, pens, and crayons are provided.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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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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