We invite you to join over 440 San Diego volunteers who assist seniors so they may remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Many are alone without families to help. By breaking this isolation, seniors in their later years experience a higher level of safety, security, and an increased sense of value within their community.

For just a few hours each month volunteers can visit with seniors, grocery shop for homebound seniors, help with mail or bill paying, escort a senior needing assistance to their doctor or other important appointments, provide occasional handyman or gardening assistance.

Getting started is easy!

Read over the Volunteer Eligibility Requirements then download the ElderHelp Volunteer Application 2017. After reviewing the Volunteer Application, RSVP for an upcoming orientation by sending an email to The orientation is two hours and the interview is about a half hour (by appointment). You can view upcoming orientation dates by clicking here.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must attend a two hour orientation, followed by a 30 minute personal interview
  • Must provide three non-related references
  • Must complete a background check and sign Declaration of Non-Criminal background

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities at ElderHelp, please contact Carrie McClellan at 619-284-9281.

Volunteer Opportunities

ElderHelp has worked for over four decades to meet the needs of San Diego seniors aided by a team of dedicated volunteers, from all walks of life. Working in full partnership with ElderHelp staff, volunteers provide services that enhance the quality of life for a senior.

Urgent Need for Volunteer Drivers!

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Make an impact in a senior’s life – become a Volunteer Driver! Caring, compassionate individuals needed right now to transport seniors safely to and from their medical appointments and other essential functions. Mileage reimbursement is available. Have questions? See our Volunteer Driver FAQ.



Volunteer Drivers

Provide transportation for seniors to medically-related or other essential appointments. It is required to complete a DMV check. Drivers have the flexibility to select the geographic service areas and appointment times that fit into their own schedule.

Financial Advocates

Provide seniors assistance with their mail, correspondence, bill paying, check book balancing or other budgeting assistance. Individuals with a banking or business background or related experience are encouraged to apply.

Grocery Shoppers

Assist members with grocery lists, shopping for needed items, and stocking food items, if needed. While providing a vital service, shoppers also provide important socialization and companionship.

Friendly Visitors

Friendly visitors offer companionship and conversation. They may participate in activities of mutual interest, such as going for a walk or accompanying them for lunch. The goal is to reduce loneliness and isolation, provide important friendship and support, as well as to reduce the likelihood of elder abuse and neglect among frail, homebound seniors. For some seniors, this individual may be the only visitor they have.

Home and Garden

Volunteers provide an array of services for seniors in and around their homes. These services may include: yard clean up, organizing projects, minor home repairs and more.

Home and Safety

This volunteer role is vital to reducing fall risks and maintaining a safe home environment. These services include: home safety inspections and home modifications such as installation of grab bars, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.


Assist seniors by tidying up common areas of the home, while providing socialization. Tasks may include sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning countertops, window washing, storing and organizing items.


Assist ElderHelp staff in the office with various tasks. We’ll match your skillset and interests to find you a good administrative position. This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to further develop their professional skills.