Classes & Volunteer Opportunities

CLASSES

Fielden Institute For Lifelong Learning (Indian River State College) – Designed for men and women age 50 and older who are interested in exploring shared topics of interest in a college atmosphere. No pre-requisites, long semesters, grades or tests – learning simply for the joy of learning.

Florida Atlantic University Lifelong Learning Society – Dedicated to offering intellectually enriching educational experiences to adults of all ages through non-credit, university level courses that are taught by highly qualified FAU professors and distinguished guest lecturers.

Martin County Idea Lab Classes – The Martin County Library System offers a variety of classes as well as way to collaborate on technology. Learn the basics of  IPhone, Excel, the Internet, Ebay, Facebook, Google, iPad, Twitter, Windows, Computer Security or channel the inner pilot in you through the Flight Simulator Training program!

Palm Beach County Library – Offers a wide variety of computer training at the main library and all branch locations. Free lecture-based learning classes and hands-on training are available on an on-going basis. Or try the online Learning Express Computer Skills training modules from home.

Road Scholar – The not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, offers 6,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. Alongside local and renowned experts, experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more.

SeniorNet – Specializes in computer and Internet education for adults 50+. SeniorNet was founded in 1986 and has grown into an independent, international, volunteer-based nonprofit organization that is one of the world’s leading technology educators of seniors.

Senior Centers – Community focal point where adults age 60+ can come together for services and activities such as book discussion groups, arts and crafts, creative writing and language classes, drawing, painting, ceramics, wood carving, quilting, crochet, embroidery, knitting, mahjong, bridge, cards, billiards and bingo.

PALM BEACH COUNTY

Boyton Beach Senior Center – For many participating patrons, the Senior Center is a place to socialize and grow while learning something new or sharing a meal with friends. Membership is free to all Boynton Beach residents ages 55+ within city limits and $40 for non-residents!

Jupiter Community Center – To help meet the needs of a very active 50+ population in this area, the Jupiter Community Center offers a multitude of recreation opportunities including dances, trips, educational seminars, special events and activities which vary from season to season.

Palm Beach Gardens Recreation – The 55 and over Palm Beach Gardens Adults/Seniors Club provides opportunities for both residents and non-residents of Palm Beach Gardens to meet and socialize over games, classes and a variety of trip opportunities. The annual registration fee for residents is $25, non-residents $50.

The Volen Center – An inspiring place that brings meaning, motivation and memories to every day, the Life Enrichment Program at the Volen Center includes nutrition, education, recreation, and intergenerational programming to nuture the mind, body and soul. Click here for a calendar of events.

THE TREASURE COAST

Council on Aging (Port St. Lucie and Ft. Pierce) – For seniors who seek companionship, stimulation and enrichment, the Council on Aging offers many activities developed especially for seniors who like to have fun including bridge, bingo, crafts, seminars, lectures, exercise programs, computer classes, line dancing, movies and excursions. Click here for a calendar of events.

The Kane Center – The Kane Center’s year-round activity schedule features a variety of classes designed for active seniors age 55 or better. Learn the basics of today’s technology craze, try your hand at painting or photography, keep your brain and body fit and show off some new moves on the dance floor.  Additional information is available at the “Town Center” where boutique storefronts offer an array of services for seniors in one easily accessible location.

VOLUNTEER

Dinosaur Exchange – Online employee network exclusively for adults 55+, seeking opportunities to make their experience available as a worker, mentor, consultant or volunteer.

Elder Wisdom Circle – Seniors share their wisdom with young advice seekers from across the world. Via the Internet, retirees answer advice requests at their own convenience, offering young readers personalized and free advice on a wide range of topics.

ERAF – Devoted to the rescue, training and rehabilitation of abused, slaughter-bound, abandoned and neglected horses, ERAF volunteers work along with experienced staff members who will help you learn safe and proper techniques of barn chores and being around the horses.

Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – This open admission shelter was founded in 1955 and accepts all animals regardless of health, age, temperament or breed. Over the years more than 100,000 animals have received care through HSTC’s programs and services. Volunteers are needed for cat and critter care, mobile adoptions, foster care, community events, administration and thrift store support.

Jewish Family & Children’s Services – Since 1974, Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service has strengthened and enriched the lives of men, women and children of all ages. This is accomplished through a continuum of focused programs addressing the well-being of children and families of all ages, the independence and well being of older adults, and the optimal quality of life for individuals with special needs.

Manatee Observation and Education Center – Operated by 3 full-time staff members, two part-time staff members, and nearly 100 volunteers, the Manatee Observation and Education Center strives to promote understanding and responsible actions for the protection of the Treasure Coast’s fragile ecosystems and their inhabitants.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)America’s largest volunteer network for people 55 and older. RSVP volunteers select where they want to volunteer, along with the type of work and the number of hours. Volunteers receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where they will serve, and supplemental insurance while on duty.

Sarah’s Kitchen – With a mission to welcome and feed those on the Treasure Coast who are struggling financially and need a hot nutritious meal, Sarah’s Kitchen serves over 1200 meals a week to those living below the poverty line, seniors surviving on social security, mothers with infants, the physically handicapped and homeless.

The Drowning Prevention Coalition (DPC) of Palm Beach County – A community-based organization providing free swimming lessons to underprivileged children as well as free land based water safety presentations to the community at large. Volunteers are needed for a variety of projects ranging from relaying water safety information at local events to grading pre and post tests.

The Martin Health Auxillary – An organization providing volunteer support to all of Martin Health System’s facilities on the Treasure Coast. Retired or working adults seeking to give back to their community are encouraged to apply.

The Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition – Strives to promote and achieve literacy in Palm Beach County through programs such as Adult Literacy, Family Literacy, Children’s Literacy, Workplace Literacy, Health Literacy and Literacy*AmeriCorps.

The Treasure Coast Food Bank – Founded in 1989, TCFB is the largest hunger-relief organization and the only food bank in the four county region of Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee. TCFB coordinates more than 20 programs and initiatives in three priority areas: FEED, LEAD, and STRENGTHEN.