Assisting Older Adults

John XXIII Multi-Service Center

Address:  John XXIII Multi Service Center, 195 E. San Fernando St., San Jose, CA 95112
Contact: Theresa Barnard, 408-282-8601,
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  John XXIII Multi-Service Center offers education classes, recreation, and wellness activities for older adults in a culturally sensitive environment. Services include ESL classes, citizenship information and referral, health screening and monitoring, wellness education, computer training, noon meals, tai chi, dances, and health education.

LICENSED BILINGUAL NURSE (English/Vietnamese or English/Mandarin)
Volunteer Responsibilities:  Help with medication explanation, blood pressure, glucose management, flu shots (seasonal) and other duties
Days/Times:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30am-2pm
Languages Spoken:  English, Chinese, and Vietnamese
Minimum Age:  21

Volunteer Responsibilities:  Receive and interact with clients.  Must be able to translate in English, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Spanish.
Days / Times: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm.  Confirm Flexible schedule with manager
Contact::  Diane Madriz, 408-282-8601,

Senior Nutrition Program
Program Description:  Catholic Charities' Senior Nutrition Program serves hot, nutritious meals to more than 100 older adults (60+ years old), Monday through Friday in a social environment.

Note:  This is an opportunity to help with hot lunch program for seniors.  Choose a job, a site and day(s) of the week:

Address:  2150 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose, CA 95116
Contact:  Margaret Marrujo, Site Manager (408) 937-3924,

Kitchen Assistant
Volunteer Responsibilities: Volunteer would help with set-up in dining room, prep, serving lunch and clean up depending on time volunteer is available
Dates/Times: Monday - Friday.  We are open between 7:30am-2pm
Minimum age: 16 years

Table Leader and Servers
Volunteer Responsibilities:  Set up begins at 7:45am, help with sign-ins beginning at 10:30am, and help serve, or help with clean-up ending at 1pm

Brown Bag Programs

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  Hosted by Catholic Charities and Second Harvest Food Bank. Help prepare and distribute bags of groceries to seniors.  NOTE:  Heavy lifters welcome for unloading/delivery of food.
2150 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose, CA 95116
Days/Times:  Friday mornings 9am-11am
Languages Spoken:  English, Spanish, and Tagalog
Minimum age for volunteers accompanied by parent or guardian: 13
Contact:  David Hernandez, Program Supervisor, Day Care Services (408) 251-0217,
Day Break Respite and Caregiver Support Services

Make a Difference for Seniors – Become a Volunteer

Day Break Cares’ Adult Day Care centers provide a safe environment for dependent seniors so that their family caregivers can get a much-needed break.  Volunteers help the seniors engage in recreational activities (arts & crafts, games & puzzles, etc.) to stimulate cognitive and social skills; physical activities such as exercise and yoga to maintain physical functioning; and social interaction amongst peers to reduce isolation.  Volunteers are encouraged to share their unique talents.
High School Student encouraged to apply. Great opportunity to fulfill school, Senior Boy/Girl Scouts community service hours.

• Background/fingerprinting check
• Tuberculosis test
• Minimum Age: 14

Volunteer Days/Times:
Monday thru Friday 9AM - 3PM (San Jose)
Monday thru Friday 8AM - 6PM and Saturdays 10 - 4:00PM (Sunnyvale). Volunteers are urgently needed on Thursdays

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
5111 San Felipe Road 
San Jose, CA 95135
Kelly Callahan, Site Manager (408) 270-4900 (English)
First United Methodist Church
535 Old San Francisco Rd. 
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Hien Nguyen, Site Manager (408) 282-1134 (Chinese/Vietnamese)

Summary: Help seniors to reduce isolation by engaging them in recreational activities such as mild exercise. Key Responsibilities: Promote warm, friendly and safe environment for seniors; assist and participate with seniors in the activities; assist with inventory, maintenance and storage of center equipment/supplies. Volunteers are mandated reporters and thereby required to report any suspicions or elder abuse or neglect.

Skills and abilities: Friendly approach and ability to put clients at ease. Empathy and understanding. Requirements and Training: Initial orientation provided. Background/fingerprint (18 years and older) and TB clearance required.
Date Time: Minimum 4 hour shift Monday – Friday 9AM – 4PM; Saturday 12 – 5PM.
Minimum age: 14 with parental consent
Contact: Hien Nguyen, Site Manager,, 408 530 8734

Ombudsman Certification Training
Are you are interested in learning about the volunteer opportunity for the Long Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman or would like to attend the next LTC Ombudsman Certification Training that will take place in Summer 2015?

Please contact: Wanda Hale, Program Manager, LTC Ombudsman Program.
Contact: Wanda Hale, Program Manager Long Term Care Support Services
Direct line: 408-325-5269,

An orientation/overview of the program will be presented on: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 10:00 AM to Noon

If you are interested in completing the program after learning about the volunteer opportunity at the orientation, the Summer 2015, Ombudsman Certification Training is scheduled to be held on the following dates:

Wednesday September 2 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday September 4 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday September 9 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday September 11 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday September 16 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday September 18 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday September 23 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday September 25 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday September 30 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday October 2 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Thank you for your interest in our program and for your desire to serve the elderly in your community. 

All classes are held at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, 2625 Zanker Road, Suite 200, San Jose, CA 95134

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