Caring for people is what we do. The vision of St. John’s Lutheran Ministries is every day for every age there is healing, meaning and purpose. Volunteers are a vital part of bringing this vision into focus. From musical entertainment to driving, individual visits to administrative help, volunteers enrich the lives of our elders in many different ways.
Benefits of Volunteering
- Form new relationships
- Share your talents
- Grow personally and professionally
- Make a difference
- Be part of the mission to create living opportunities
within nurturing environments of hope, dignity and love
Apply to Volunteer!
Click the links below to apply and learn more about our volunteer opportunities.
Adult Application 18+
Youth Application 13+
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Holiday Volunteer Opportunities
*All volunteers must pre-register and fill out the appropriate application prior to the event. Please call or email us to sign up!*
- Birthday Party Music Volunteer
Each month we host a birthday party for the residents of Garden Court on the West End. Any individual or group could attend and entertain the elders at this monthly party! Flexible schedule, must book by November 28th any Tuesday- Friday available in December between 12-1.
- Sounds of St. John’s Band on December 21st
Volunteers with a minimum of two years’ experience playing a band instrument (no string instruments for this group, please to perform Christmas music around the Legacy Building on December 21st. Music is provided. Volunteers must attend one rehearsal either on Tuesday Dec. 11th or Tuesday December 18th at 4:00 in the Mission Ridge Chapel. We meet at Chapel Court for lunch at 12:30 and then tour the Legacy Building sharing music at several locations ending at 3:30.
- Legacy Building Christmas Caroling Group on December 21st
The Caroling Group joins the Sound of St. John’s instrumentalists for a day of performances at the Legacy Building on the 21st of December. Volunteers must attend the rehearsal on Tuesday December 18th at 5:00 in the Mission Ridge Chapel. On the 21st we will meet at Chapel Court at 12:30 for lunch, then tour of the Legacy Building sharing music at several locations ending at 3:30.
- Christmas Eve Caroling on the West End Campus
All ages and abilities welcome to join our Pastoral Care staff in caroling on Christmas Eve between noon and 1pm. Volunteers will meet at 11:45 at the Lillis Center.
- Christmas Caroling
We welcome Christmas Caroling groups of all ages and abilities to entertain our elders on flexible days and times on the West End, Billings Heights, and Laurel campuses.
- Pianists Needed
Throughout the month of December, pianists are needed for 30 minute performances of holiday or well-known music at the West End, Wyndstone, or Crossings locations. Flexible schedule.
- Christmas Card Writing and Gift Wrapping
Two volunteers are needed on Monday, December 3th 9-11am to assist Chapel Court residents in writing their holiday cards and wrapping holiday presents.
- Christmas Stroll Volunteers
Volunteers will assist residents in visiting the various areas around campus to view all of the beautiful decorations. Two volunteers needed Friday, December 7th 9-11am. Must be able to walk distances while pushing a wheelchair.
- Christmas Village Setup
Each year we setup a nativity and Christmas village in the Ocee Johnson Chapel. We need 1-2 volunteers Monday, November 26th to setup from 9-11am. Tear down on Tuesday, January 6th.
- Gingerbread House Building at Wyndstone/Novak Cottage in Billings Heights
Assist our elders constructing and decorating their own gingerbread house. Supplies will be provided. Friday, December 14th 2:00pm-3:30pm. Up to 4 volunteers over the age of 12 preferred.
- Saturday Holiday Bingo Volunteer
We need up to 2 Individuals or group up of up to 10 to assist with Holiday Bingo on the following days: December 1, 8, 15, 22nd
1. Garden Court (memory care) 9-11am
2. Chapel Court 1:30-3:30
There are many ways you can contribute to healing meaning and purpose. Whether you would like to volunteer regularly, with a group, or one time, there is something for everyone.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY OF THE MONTH:
Volunteer drivers help take people where they need to go. Many of our residents have stopped driving and our volunteers help to keep people mobile, primarily bringing them to doctor’s appointments. Volunteers will need to be able to safely drive the company Honda CR-V, Honda Civic or 12 passenger coach; CDL NOT required!
Location: West End Campus
Time commitment: Shifts available Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 8- 4; minimum commitment of 4 hours per month, prefer once per week
Qualifications and requirements: Background and Driving Record Check, personal driving insurance, copy of Drivers License, TB Test, Flu Shot, Local Vehicle Training, and HIPPA Training
WELCOME DESK RECEPTIONIST
Join the St. John’s community as a Welcome Desk Receptionist. Provide a friendly, hospitable presence while connecting with residents and guests at the front desk in Chapel Court. The Reception Volunteer greets guests, gives basic facility information, answers the phone and directs calls, ensures delivery of mail and packages, provides secretarial support to administrative staff, and occasionally assists with Chapel Court events.
Location: Chapel Court on the West End campus
Time commitment: One shift weekly from 8-12 or 12-4; please give one week notice of vacation or planned absence
Qualifications and requirements: Background Check, TB Test, Flu Shot, HIPAA training, Dementia Training
Main Campus on the West End
- Care Cart Attendant at Transitional Care North
- Dining Room Assistant
- Elder Khaver – Visiting Volunteer
- Men’s Coffee Host
- Musical Entertainment
- Vigil Coordinator
- Vigil Volunteer
- Welcome Desk Receptionist
Wyndstone in Billings Heights
- Devotions Leader
- Wii Bowling Host
- Musical Entertainment
The Crossings in Laurel
- Bingo Caller
- Musical Entertainment
*Certain volunteer positions require a regular commitment, background check, and health screenings.
- Complete the online volunteer application
- Attend orientation
- Come in to meet our Volunteer Coordinator for an intake interview. We would like to get to know you and ensure we find just the right placement for you, where you can also find healing, meaning, and purpose.
- Once you have accepted a position, you may need to complete requirements provided by St. John’s such as: background/driving screening, TB skin test, flu shot, training classes.
- Meet your supervisor and get started!
- Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult relative, teacher, or designated representative at all times after the adult has successfully completed the new volunteer requirements.
- Youth aged 13-14 may volunteer without a parent or guardian only during designated group activity times as identified by the Activities Director and must attend the Youth Volunteer orientation. Parents are encouraged to attend orientation. Youth groups and school classes must be accompanied by the group leader or teacher.
- Youth aged 15-17 may be assigned independent volunteer positions and schedules and must complete all intake steps including: youth volunteer orientation, intake interview, and all other requirements for the position assigned.
St. John’s welcomes groups on campus! The group leader should complete a group application and is strongly encouraged to attend orientation.
Music provides healing and our elders love to have performers of all kind come and share their gifts. If you are an individual, please fill out the applicable adult or youth application. Once we receive your application we will pair you up with the appropriate Life Enrichment team member for scheduling.
What is required to volunteer?
All volunteers must complete an application, most will have an orientation, and intake interview. Depending on the volunteer position you are assigned, you may be required to submit to a Background Check, TB Test, Flu Shot, driving record screening, or additional training such as CPR. All tests and training are provided at no cost to the volunteer.
When can I volunteer?
We are a 24/7 hour facility and have a diverse array of opportunities available during the day, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
What are your age requirements?
We accept volunteers of all ages. Please check the “How to volunteer tab” for the breakdown of youth volunteer opportunities.
Where can I volunteer and how many positions can I hold?
You may volunteer at one of all of our locations. Our volunteer coordinator will work with you to find a schedule and opportunities that fit your lifestyle.
What if I want to change positions or locations?
Our vision of healing, meaning, and purpose extends to our volunteers and our hope is that volunteering at St. John’s is an enriching and rewarding experience. You may contact our Volunteer Coordinator at any time to reevaluate your placement or apply for a new position.
Community Volunteer Coordinator
To inquire about volunteering, please fill out the Contact Form.