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Volunteer Opportunities Here at Charlestown

Pet Volunteers Wanted


We are in great need of pet volunteers!

We love pet visits in Continuing Care. The benefits are often seen immediately.

A few of the many benefits are:

  • Great mental health booster (for the resident, the dog, and the owner)
  • Lowers stress levels
  • Improve blood pressure and cardiac health
  • Help decrease loneliness

If you have a pet who meets the following criteria talk to Stephanie Knowles in the Volunteer Department about getting set up for this great opportunity.

  • Friendly with strangers
  • Non Barker
  • Gentle
  • Well groomed
  • Not overly energetic

Stephanie Knowles  – 410-737-8838 x 8133

added Feb. 12, 2020

Dorsey Activities Cart Volunteers

Dorsey Activities Cart Volunteers

• Deliver and/or participate in activities with long and short term residents in Dorsey. Activities are on a cart that you will push to various rooms.
• Visit with residents who are not interested in an activity but would still like some company

For more information, contact Janice Boone

Volunteer Opportunities February 2020

Lansdowne Elementary School
Work with elementary age children in various ways. A group of volunteers from Charlestown goes on Thursdays via the free shuttle.
For more information, contact Janet Evans or the Volunteer office at 410-737-8838, ext. 601-8133.

Dorsey Activities Cart
Take a cart with various activities to rooms at Dorsey Hall to give residents an opportunity to do an activity. Volunteers can do the activity with the resident or they may prefer you to leave the activity with them to do on their own.
Contact the Volunteer office at 410-737-8838, ext. 601-8133 for more information about joining this brand new initiative.

60 Minutes Visitors Group
Volunteers needed to go to Caton Woods on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month to visit residents.
For more information, contact Pat Payne or the Volunteer office at 410-737-8838, ext. 601-8133

Friendly Visitors
Welcome new residents with a friendly visit. Help them get adjusted to life here at Charlestown and meet a new friend at the same time!
For more information contact Ellie DiPietro or the Volunteer office at 410-737-8838, ext. 601-8133

Memory Care Friendly Visitors
Visit with residents in memory care and do activities such as reading, painting nails etc.
Contact Volunteer office for more information 410-737-8838, ext. 601-8133

Important tips for becoming a Volunteer Superhero

Choose something that’s a good fit for you

Think about what matters to you, and be selective about where you spend your time. Choosing opportunities that make you feel good while helping other, builds stronger communities, and enriches your own life at the same time.

Learn something new

Volunteering can also teach you valuable new skills that you can use in other parts of your life. Push yourself creatively. Find something you enjoy doing and enhance your skills

Don’t over-commit your schedule

Remember all the other commitments you have in your life, and don’t burn yourself out. Stick to a volunteering schedule that makes sense for you and leaves you time to enjoy the activity.

Volunteering as a group

Group volunteering is a wonderful way to bond with your family, friends or neighbors. Not only will you create lasting memories, but you will help someone in need. The Activities Staff in our Assisted Living and Continuing Care centers can help choose a date and time for an interested group to lead an activity or entertain residents.

Create your very own volunteer activity

If you feel strongly about being a volunteer but don’t see anything on our lists of available volunteer activities, consider CUSTOMIZING YOUR OWN. Think of the skills you have to offer, your former career, the activities that YOU are passionate about. We can help you share your talent, knowledge or skills with other residents – teach a class, demonstrate a talent, give a presentation by creating a “customized” project or program.

Call the Volunteer Program Office: (410) 737-8838, Ext. 601-8133      

Did you know… more than 1/3 of our resident population is involved in volunteering?

They actually live the Charlestown motto: “Sharing our gifts to create a community that celebrates life!” Our Volunteer Program provides a variety of volunteer activities to fit your needs and lifestyle.

Would you like to share your time, talents or skills with fellow residents?

Whether you can spare a few hours a week or a few hours a month, we have many on- campus volunteer opportunities and flexible hours available in both Independent Living and Continuing Care.

Ready to begin?

Don’t forget to register with the Volunteer Program Office. This helps us keep our records current. Contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator to find out how to register:

Stephanie Knowles, Volunteer Program Coordinator Volunteer Program Office (Bldg. 2, Main Street)

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Volunteer Form

You can complete the online form below, which will be sent directly to the Stephanie Knowles, Charlestown Volunteer Coordinator, or you can download and complete the Resident Volunteer Application Form.

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Volunteer Opportunities at Charlestown

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Volunteer Form

You can complete the online form below, which will be sent directly to the Stephanie Knowles, Charlestown Volunteer Coordinator, or you can download and complete the Resident Volunteer Application Form.