50+ Program Series Volunteer

50+ Program Series Volunteer

Position Description

Program Overview

The 50+ Program will a series of events designed by DC Public Library and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation.  This program will be geared toward meeting the needs of older adults (50+) by providing them with the latest information on financial management, health and nutrition, new technology, and job readiness.  The environment will be part socializing, part education, and part social services.  Qualified volunteers are currently being sought in anticipation of this program which will launch at the Anacostia and Lamond-Riggs Libraries in mid-October 2013.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Able to work well with diverse populations
  • Ability to do light lifting and moving chairs
  • Simple note taking and record keeping (checklists, sign in sheets, inventory, evaluations)
Recommended Qualifications
  • Strong computer skills (typing, web forms, website navigation)
  • Strengths in multi-tasking, good memory for detailed information
  • Able to work independently
  • Experience in conducting individual patron assessment for needs
  • Experience in administration of community programs and/or educational background
Tour of Duty

The Volunteer will be scheduled to appear over 10 weeks. 
  • Week 1: Will include two orientation sessions;
  • Weeks 2-9: the volunteer will be at their neighborhood library locations hosting the 50+ Program.
  • Week 4: The volunteer will report to a 2-hour mid-point check-in meeting to discuss the state of the program at the MLK Library. 
  • Week 10: The volunteers will report to a final 2-hour check-in meeting to discuss the outcome of the program.
Time Required
Minimum 4 hours per week. The position provides much flexibility, training and support.

Training Required
DC Public Library and AARP Foundation will host training sessions the week prior to program launch. The volunteer will receive a thorough orientation and training on the necessary computerized systems and available community resources in order to assist with the function of the program.

Progress Review
The volunteer performance is monitored on an on-going basis by local library and staff/volunteers. DC Public Library and AARP Foundation reserve the right to reassign volunteers to other duties or remove a volunteer from the program at their discretion.

Volunteer Policy
Volunteers will receive equal opportunity and treatment throughout recruitment, appointment, training, and service. There will be no discrimination based on age, disabilities, gender, race, national or ethnic origin, religion, economic status, or sexual orientation.

For More Information
If you would like additional information or to apply, please contact Stacey Lucas, Volunteer Coordinator at 202-741-5803 or via email at libraryvolunteers@dc.gov.