Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in these or any other volunteer opportunities please contact Megan Carpenter at 502.736.3838 or mcarpenter@elderserveinc.org.

To apply on-line, please complete the application and send to mcarpenter@elderserveinc.org.

Senior Companion Program

You know how much you value independence in your life.  Now you can help others stay independent, too.

Families in every community struggle to care for their loved ones. By becoming a Senior Companion you help that person stay in their own home. Whether you are giving families or professional caregivers much-needed time off, running errands or simply being a friend, you will make a difference that strengthens and helps preserve an individual’s independence.

If you are 55+; meet certain income requirements; and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Senior Companion. Senior Companions serve from 20 to 40 hours a week. Some volunteers may qualify to earn a tax-free, hourly stipend. In addition, you will receive pre-service orientation, on-going training and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.

Call ElderServe’s Senior Companion Program at 502.736.3856 to find out more about becoming a Senior Companion.

CATCH Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits for Adults offers wellness workshops for adults (50+) taught by volunteers (50+).  The program is offered in various locations in Louisville through a partnership between ElderServe and the OASIS Institute, a national education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of adults age 50+ through lifelong learning and service.

Adults in the program benefit in several ways. Research shows that volunteers have lower rates of depression and mortality and greater functional ability than those who do not volunteer. As they promote healthy habits for other adults and themselves, they also experience the rewards of meaningful community service.

Those interested in volunteering for the program should contact Sarah Irvin at 502.736.3847 or sirvin@elderserveinc.org.

The program is funded by a grant from the Anthem Foundation.

Friendly Visitor Program

Our Friendly Visitor program provides companions to older adults in the Metro Louisville area. Senior participants are matched with volunteers to provide friendship and emotional support to help seniors maintain their independence and well-being. Research shows that engagement with a caring volunteer is one of the most effective methods of preventative care.

With the 65+ population expected to increase to 20 percent by 2030, up from 12 percent in 2000, there has never been a more crucial time to support older adults.

In order to foster the relationship, we ask our volunteers to commit to their senior friend on a regular basis – two times per month for a minimum of one year.

Activities are decided by the volunteer and the senior adult, and some of the most popular ones include:

  • Arts & crafts
  • Reading
  • Playing games
  • Walking


For more information, contact Megan Carpenter at 502.736.3838 or mcarpenter@elderserveinc.org.

TeleCare Program

TeleCare volunteers call older adults at least once a week.  Calls can be made from your home or office.  Over time, your connection with our older adults will grow into a true friendship!


For more information, contact Megan Carpenter at 502.736.3838 or mcarpenter@elderserveinc.org.

Senior Center - Computer Instructor

ElderServe’s Senior Center at Oak & Acorn is looking for a volunteer to teach basic computer skills such as how to operate a computer, email, Google, Facebook, etc. to our senior participants.

We plan to run a computer course every six weeks. There is a class plan written for the first three weeks, and then you along with the participants’ input can determine what other information or skills that they would like to learn. The class will be held Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 11:00 AM, but that time frame can be revised if necessary.

Volunteers must be age 18 or older and pass a background check.

Basic Computer Skills

Requirements & Commitment
Background Check
Must be at least 18
The computer course will run every six weeks. We need someone who can commit to the full six weeks that the class runs.

Please contact Mel Pfister at 502.736.3803 or mpfister@elderserveinc.org or Trish Berry at 502.736.3832 or tberry@elderserveinc.org for more information.