Ways To Help

Volunteer

Become a Volunteer

A Work Of Heart

Thank you for considering volunteer opportunities with FSS. Without the helping hands and caring hearts of our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to provide many of the programs that enrich the lives of older adults. Our volunteers really do make a meaningful difference. Are you interested in joining the FSS volunteer family and giving back to your community? We’d love to have you on our team. Please contact us at 770-461-0813 or info@fayss.org to connect with us.

“I was looking for more ways to get involved and give back to my community when I stumbled upon Fayette Senior Services! I decided to reach out and was amazed at the opportunities available. Deciding on which area to volunteer was a challenge, but knowing I’m a part of this family has not only made a difference in my life, but I know I’m also making a difference in the lives of those I’m serving!”

– FSS Volunteer

Getting Started

We Want You To Enjoy A Positive Experience, So We Will Make Every Effort To Match You With An Activity That Will Be Rewarding For You And Beneficial To The Seniors We Serve

The first step toward volunteering is to complete the application form. Access the link to submit your application online, print and bring the application to the center, drop it in the mail, or stop by and fill one out at either of our locations. Once received, your application will be reviewed, a background check/driver’s license check will be completed, and we will contact you to schedule an orientation.

Before beginning your volunteer service, you will be asked to:

    • Complete the volunteer application
    • Complete a background check and driver’s record check
    • Provide two personal references
    • Complete a training program for your choice of service

Available Volunteer Opportunities

    • Front Desk Receptionist for Fayetteville or Peachtree City – Our reception area is one busy place! You will play an important role by providing administrative support to our member services team. Customer service is our top priority as we welcome new and current members and assist them with class and event registration.
    • Fitness Center Assistant – Help us maintain a friendly, clean and safe environment and provide instruction for our fitness equipment. Fitness center volunteers will receive CPR Certification.
    • Computer Instructors – Instruct classes on Word, Windows, exploring the Internet, and more.
    • Café Assistant – Welcome our guests and members for lunch and offer hospitality to all. Assist our wonderful kitchen staff with food service duties which include serving from the food line, refreshing beverage stations, assisting guests and members with their trays, and cleaning up.
    • Meals On Wheels Driver – Deliver nutritious meals to homebound seniors throughout Fayette County. Drivers can choose a regular weekly route or choose to be a substitute driver to be called on as needed.
    • STARs Program Assistant – STARs (Seniors Together After Retirement) spend the majority of their days together at the Life Enrichment Center, making crafts, playing games, eating together, and having a great time. You’ll have a helping hand in the activities and assisting with their day.
    • Therapeutic Garden – If you have a green thumb, this is the place for you!Help tend the beautiful garden on the grounds of FSS.
    • Special Events Assistant – Help with special events. Provide assistance with event coordination, set-up, decorating, and clean-up.
    • Tool Team Member – Help perform minor, routine home maintenance tasks and repairs to help ensure the safety of individuals in their homes.

Benefits of Volunteering

Give back to your community and enjoy making new friendships!

Center volunteers have many perks while volunteering:

    • Free center membership ($30 value for in-county residents and $90 value for out-of-county residents) with 75 hours of annual service
    • Fitness Center volunteers receive a free fitness center membership
    • Café and STARs Assistants receive a free meal in the café on the days they volunteer
    • Free CPR and AED training for Fitness Center and STARs volunteers
    • Monthly Volunteer Spotlights in the Enrichment Newsletter
    • Quarterly Volunteer Appreciation socials

Volunteering is a work of ‘heart’ and the volunteers at FSS are full of just that! 

Volunteer Spotlight

Christy Dunkelberger

There are people who are always striving to make our community a better place to live. This can come in many different ways, but for one volunteer, she helps to protect people in the most official of ways. Being a pillar of the community is just one way of describing Christy Dunkelberger. Not only does she keep the courtroom at bay, she spends her free days making sure that FSS is a great place as well.

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Christy grew up in Beaver, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh with her three sisters, Judy, Nancy, and Kate. Her father was a lab tech for St. Joe Lead Company. He died at the age of 38, and up until then, her mother was a stay-at-home mother and housewife. After his passing, she worked as a part-time mail carrier and then full time in the shipping department for Westinghouse Electric Company to support her four daughters. Christy smiles as she reminisces about her childhood, sharing that she and her sisters had a wonderful time growing up in Pennsylvania. They would venture out on horseback rides around their farm, spend time boating on the river, and loved to water ski. Although Christy is the youngest by only 13 months, their mother decided to start Kate and Christy in kindergarten at the same time. Because she was in the same grade as her sister, the two grew up very close, but also very competitive.

Christy graduated from Beaver Area High School, and continued her education in a variety of focused areas. She first received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Duquesne University, then went on to get a Master of Science in Nursing at Pitt University, and finally decided to pursue a Juris Doctorate at Widener University. Christy has always been a hard worker, from her first job in a beauty shop washing hair and helping the stylists to working as a waitress and working in a nursing home as she navigated nursing school. She built her career as a lawyer and is now a Magistrate Judge for Fayette County.

While working in the Nursing Department at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, Christy went on a blind date with a man named Fred who worked in the Dental Department. They were set up by a mutual friend in the Psych Department. The rest is history, and the two married in 1985. Their marriage brought Christy two stepchildren, Krista and Erik. Krista is married with two daughters living in Marietta and Erik just recently got married and lives in Kailua, Hawaii. One of Fred and Christy’s favorite things to do together is ballroom dance. They started dance classes 5 years ago at Rachel’s Dance Connection and go every Sunday to hit the dance floor. Christy also loves to attend concerts at the Fred, read crime mysteries, and rescue animals. She currently has 4 cats that she has rescued.

For years, Christy has been coming to the center for the monthly Fayette County Bar Association luncheon that the center hosts. But the thing that drew her most to volunteering with FSS was from a realization made while helping her mother. “I cared for my mother in her last few years of life until she died at age 94. It was the best education of my life regarding understanding people and values. I also helped my husband teach and coordinate the senior Sunday School class for many years. During these times, I realized that my giveback focus is on seniors. With that focus, I looked for someplace I could volunteer that would benefit seniors. It led me to FSS,” shared Christy. Since she’s been volunteering, she has built a new appreciation for the community, saying that the best part of volunteering is seeing the dedication of the volunteers she works around and the warmth and friendliness of members. When talking about volunteering, Christy says, “Jump in and get involved. Don’t only volunteer, but also get involved and participate in some of the activities. It will make you feel more connected!” We are thankful that Christy decided to get connected here at FSS and are so happy that she is part of our volunteer family!

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