Volunteer Services

The Senior Resource Center’s Nutrition Department utilizes volunteers in many areas.  Without our dedicated volunteers, we would not be able to provide the great level of service to our clients. 

  • Volunteers assist with packing over 300 meals daily for our homebound seniors.
  • They serve meals to our congregate dining clients at our main location, as well as our Castle Hayne satellite location.
  • Home Delivered Meals volunteer drivers deliver meals Monday thru Friday to approximately 300 homebound seniors. Meals are picked up at the Senior Resource Center between 10 and 11 am daily, and routes take 1 to 2 hours.

*Home Delivered Meals volunteers must undergo a background screening at no charge.*

Are you over the age of 55?  Fill out the RSVP volunteer application located under the RSVP tab, or stop by the Senior Center. Persons under the age of 55 are still able to volunteer with the Nutrition Department and are encouraged to apply. For more details on how you can help, please contact Ellen Connor at

910-798-6412 or email econnor@nhcgov.com .

WHAT IS RSVP? Who we are and what we do:

RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is a national grant funded program through the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is sponsored here locally by the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center. The program strives to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for adults 55 and over while meeting local needs and responding to priorities of national significance.

RSVP program staff located at the Senior Resource Center conduct one-on-one interviews to match individuals with volunteer opportunities that suit your skills and interests. We are here to find you the right opportunity for your passions, skills, interests, and schedule.

Volunteer training and length of training is specific to the volunteer location(s) and depends on the volunteer position. Excess supplemental accident insurance coverage, recognition, and newsletter communication is provided.

Volunteers can give their time to one partnering location, or many. The choice is yours!

View a list of RSVP opportunities here.

Are you ready to begin making a difference in YOUR community? Fill out the RSVP volunteer application below and email it to one of the RSVP staff members listed, or drop it off at the Senior Resource Center. We will then give you a call to discuss your interests and guide you on the next step in beginning your volunteer experience.

Click here for the RSVP Application

Email completed application to:

Kelly Morgan, FGP & RSVP Program Manager: 910-798-6407


Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, tutors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities.

All you need to join is the ability to give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future. If you’re 55 or older and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent.

The Foster Grandparent Program is part of Senior Corps, a nationwide program sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. It is administered and sponsored locally by New Hanover County at the Senior Resource Center.

Foster grandparents serve between 15-20 hours per week and receive the following benefits:

  • Tax-free hourly stipend (available to those who qualify)
  • Transportation reimbursement
  • Supplemental, accident and liability insurance while you’re volunteering
  • On-going training

To apply for the program, complete the Foster Grandparent Application.  Following the completion of your application, return it to the Foster Grandparent Office located at the Senior Resource Center and the Program Coordinator will contact you to set up an in-person interview. 

Orientation:  Foster Grandparents are given an in person interview by the FGP office as well as the volunteer location.  Placement will be based on the current needs of the volunteer and the program. Volunteers receive a pre-service physical, background screening, and 20 hours of orientation and training. During orientation, Foster Grandparents learn about the purpose, benefits and regulations of the program, and volunteer sites/children to be served. Additional orientation and training will be provided at the volunteer site as required by the individual location.

For more information about the program, call Vicki Wells, Program Coordinator, at 798-6408 or email vwteachey@nhcgov.com.


2222 South College Road • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-6400 • Fax 910-798-6411