Volunteers at Ballard NW Senior Center

Over 500 volunteers participate at Ballard NW Senior Center each year. You can be a part of what make the center an important part of over 4,000 seniors lives. Volunteering is a great way to get involved and get to know people in your neighborhood. We will do everything we can to match your interests to our needs. We will also be doing a criminal background check.

How To Volunteer

Take a look at a few of the volunteer positions listed below and then fill out the online volunteer application. All volunteers must consent to a background check.

Volunteer Positions

Adams Student Engagement Volunteer

Spend some valuable time with students from our local Elementary School. Planning is underway for future cohorts. This mentoring and social and recreational program will stretch throughout the year. All meet ups with the students will be held at the Ballard NW Senior Center. Meetings will last approximately an hour. We will play games with the students, share snacks, and get to know each other. This is your opportunity to make a connection with students whom you will get to see on a regular monthly basis. Make this your time to make a change in someone’s life. Come Volunteer.

Van Driver

Looking for a supportive way to get to fun events? Be a Van Driver for us! Help our Seniors go on recreational and social trips. You will use the Center’s van to drive seniors to outings, chaperone the trip, and return them to the Center. You provide friendly companionship for the round trip. Take a turn in the right direction, become a volunteer driver today!

Volunteers must have a valid Washington State driver’s license and auto insurance, no moving violations in the past two years, ability to pass a criminal background check, and some weekday availability. Also attend a Mature Drivers Class with AARP when they are again offered at the center.


2nd Floor Receptionists approximately 4 hour shifts, Monday through Friday 8:30AM – 12:30PM and 12:30PM – 4:30PM.
Substitute and regular weekly positions available.

This is an essential part of our team and a fast paced position; multi-tasking volunteer job that requires scheduling, answering the phone, computer skills, receptionist skills, and willingness to give directions and help those in need. The volunteer must also account for the funds received at the end of the day on the afternoon shift and complete a daily report sheet and an accurate bank deposit slip for the funds received that day.

Additional 1st floor substitute receptionists are also needed.  The first floor lobby receptionist is responsible for monitoring the activities on the first floor, answering questions about the senior center and checking people in for lunch and accounting for the lunch funds. The volunteer must be able to add correctly the lunch money received and complete a daily bank deposit slip. The shift times for the 1st and 2nd floor receptionists are mornings 8:30am – 12:30pm, afternoons 12:30pm – 4:30pm.

Data Entry

Substitute positions are available one day weekly for 1 to 4 hours from 8:30am to 4:30pm or Wednesday Evenings, 6pm to 8:30pm.  Training will be provided.  You must have computer skills. The platform used for data entry is “Salesforce.”

Community Dining Chef’s Assistant

Substitute Positions available – 4 Hour Shift 10am to 2pm, Monday through Friday. Please email LoriG@soundgenerations.org if you are interested.


Balance Class Substitute Teacher

The Balance Class meets Monday through Friday from 11 to 11:30am. Substitutes are needed to fill in for various leaves.  The position requires availability. Please apply online to volunteer for this position.


Rummage Sale Assistant

On the 2nd Fridays and Saturdays of February, June, and October we will have the sale from 9:00 am-4:00 pm with clean up from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm that Saturday. This is a rigorous volunteer job, moving boxes from the 2nd floor to the 1st floor, unpacking boxes with Rummage Sale items stored in them and setting up tables to place the items on for display and pricing. The take down involves packing all the left over rummage items in boxes to be taken and donated to Goodwill. This sale raises important funds for Ballard NW Senior Center. Volunteers are provided lunch on Setup Day, in addition to refreshments during clean up.

Auction Assistant For Annual Auction Event

1 Day – 4-6 Hour Shifts
Join us for Auction Day. Choose to lift heavy boxes and tables into vans and trucks to transport to the Leif Erikson Hall.  The lifting and packing starts at 8:30am at the Ballard NW Senior Center.  This is a volunteer job that requires physical exertion. After all the Auction Baskets, tables, chairs and other items for set up are transported, the actual set up at the hall starts at 10am and lasts until 4pm, which involves setting up tables with tablecloths, flatware, plates and flower arrangements. In addition, there is a need for decorations, arranging items for the Silent Auction, setting up for the Wine Toss, Treasure Chest and other fundraising games.