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Menu of Opportunities for Individual and Group Volunteers

At LIFESPAN, we appreciate the time and talent of volunteers and welcome new volunteers into our programs.  We work closely with each individual or group to create the right volunteer experience to match the needs of the organization or individual.  Listed below is a short menu of volunteer opportunities currently available along with a current wish list:

Ways to help – Individual Volunteer Needs

  • Become a buddy to an individual
  • Accompany a group during a visit to the museum or to a movie
  • Participate in an art class – paint beside an aspiring artist
  • Participate in the horticulture program – plant seeds and watch the fruits of your labor bloom!
  • Share your talents – teach a cooking or exercise class
  • Provide light general maintenance support

Ways to help – Group Volunteer Project Ideas

  • Assist with landscaping projects – plant seasonal plants, add mulch or pine straw, prune shrubs and trees
  • Offer to deep clean and organize various interior spaces
  • Prep and paint indoor learning areas
  • Adopt a learning room and provide a “make over”

Wish List

  • Give a financial gift
  • Gift certificate to salon for free “makeover” to be used for an individual(s) seeking employment.
  • iPods/iPads to be used for an individual(s) training on a job site without a job coach – streaming videos of training tools.
  • Art supplies (acrylic and watercolor paints, assorted brushes, frames, mats, assorted canvas, etc.)
  • Garden tools – rakes, shovels, garden hoses
  • Plants, bulbs, shrubs and trees
  • Garden cart or wheelbarrow
  • Clay pots – assorted sizes
  • Concrete mix for stepping stones
  • Ceramic tile pieces for stepping stones
  • Bird feeders/bird seed
  • Gas grills
  • Cooking supplies (oven mitts, measuring cups/spoons, baking pans, etc.)
  • Musical instruments (guitar, keyboard, drums, etc.)
  • Table/chairs for learning rooms
  • Office supplies (copier paper, pens & markers, Post-its, tablets, etc.)
  • Books and magazines (art, gardening, coffee table books)
  • Adaptive hammock/swings
  • Wii games
  • Cleaning supplies, light bulbs and batteries
  • Tickets to events (concerts, museums, festivals, plays)
  • Cameras
  • Sewing machines and fabric
  • Outdoor lawn games
  • Outdoor timers for watering
  • Wine Corks
  • Ceramic tile adhesive and grout
  • Provide gas cards or gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target, IKEA, Lowes or Home Depot
  • Host a supply drive for a program of your choice
  • Connect us to church and civic organizations for speaking opportunities, fund development and community awareness
  • Host a holiday/theme party or special evening for one of our residential programs

To donate a financial gift or in-kind item, volunteer your time, or inquire about other ways to support our mission, please contact Lori Avery, Senior Director of Development at (704) 944-5112 or