Last Updated on May 27, 2021

Volunteer Opportunities Here at Charlestown

Continuing Care is now open for IL Resident Volunteers

Continuing Care is now open for IL Resident Volunteers and WE NEED YOU!!

There are many ways to volunteer in CC.

Here are a few ideas:

¨ Lead a group making Rosaries (or be an assistant during  the class).

¨ Knitting/Crocheting activity leader/assistants.
¨ Presentation Speaker: share your knowledge of History, Travel, or whatever topics you are knowledgeable about.
¨ Wheel Chair Escort support to various events.
¨ Quilting Group leaders and assistants.
¨ Musicians: Pianist, Strings or Vocalists.
¨ Woodwork craft group leaders and assistants.
¨ Monthly, weekly or one time craft activity.
¨ Join our “Herbs Heroes” activity cart team.
¨ Ceramics Group helpers.
¨ Have a pet that has a gentle demeanor? They can possibly become pet volunteers. We have a great need for this! 

For more information contact Stephanie Knowles, Volunteer  Program Coordinator at 601-8133

posted 5-29-2021



Pet Volunteers Needed

Are you an Independent Living resident dog owner? Does your dog have a calm demeanor and like visiting with others?

If so, we need you both!

Get Certified to become a Pet Volunteer for Continuing Care!

Pets benefits for Seniors:

  • The ability to have something to pet or touch can result in lower blood pressure, normal heart rate, and reduced stress.
  • Pets provide emotional stability during stressful situations, helping to reduce anxiety and depression.
  • For people with dementia, animals can be soothing to those who have difficulty using language.
  • Animals can help improve socialization- they listen without judgment and give unbiased affection, especially when a senior may desire to share the thoughts they may not be comfortable telling family or friends.


To get involved with this amazing service contact Stephanie Knowles, Volunteer Program Coordinator at 601-8133 or

Posted 5-29-2021

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 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.