Seniors who choose to spend their free time volunteering not only help their community, but also themselves, according to Brandon Council, volunteer coordinator for the city of Los Altos.
“(Volunteering) is something that keeps minds active (and) keeps them active socially on an interpersonal level,” Council said of seniors. “Giving them a purpose and a task and something they can really set their minds to (is really) valuable,” he said.
Council encourages seniors to volunteer locally, including with the city and at Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
Opportunities with the city include manning the front desk at the Los Altos Senior Program and making monkey toys for sick children every Monday morning at the senior center.
For more information, visit losaltosca.gov/recreation/page/senior-program, stanfordchildrens.org/en/volunteer and volunteermatch.org/search/org254662.jsp.
Following are other local organizations seeking volunteers.
• Friends of the Library of Los Altos. The nonprofit group aids the Los Altos main and Woodland Branch libraries, raising money for both by hosting in-person and online sales of used books and soliciting donations. The group donates more than $100,000 annually to Los Altos libraries, according to its website, funds directed toward maintaining and improving their collections and facilities. Members also staff the library cafe, process donated books and support the Friends website.
• Assistance League of Los Altos. The nonprofit organization recruits volunteers to staff the Assistance League Costume Bank at 169 State St., where it stocks thousands of costumes to rent. Proceeds support HOME (Housing of Medical Emergencies) at Stanford Medical Center, among other programs that benefit the community.
For more information, call 941-2610 or visit losaltos-assistanceleague.org.
• Community Services Agency. The long-standing Mountain View-based nonprofit group assists struggling low-income families and individuals – along with many seniors – in the area by providing them with food and services. Opportunities for volunteers include handling food and clerical work.
For more information, call 968-0836 or visit csacares.org.
• Cantor Arts Center. Located on the Stanford University campus, the museum exhibits art from across the world. It relies heavily on its volunteers to man the information desk, conduct tours, serve as attendants and plan art trips.