Senior Services annual wish list drive underway

Senior Services annual wish list drive underway

Senior Services is holding its annual Remember in December drive to help older adults in the community.

Individuals, groups and businesses can donate items off the wish list through Dec. 30. Items can be dropped off at Senior Services, 2895 Shorefair Drive, Winston-Salem or any Forsyth County branch of Piedmont Federal Savings Bank.

Items on the list include such household supplies as paper towels, disinfecting wipes, and dishwashing liquid. Personal care items including deodorant, body wash, toothpaste and adult disposable undergarments are also needed.

The complete wish list is available at

Caregiver support group to begin

The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem and the Alzheimer’s Association is offering a new Caregiver Support Group, conducted by a trained facilitator and providing a safe place for caregivers of people living with dementia to develop a support system, explore ways of coping, and learn about resources.

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The group meets at 10 a.m. second and fourth Thursday of each month, on the upper level of the Shepherd’s Center, 1700 Ebert St., Winston-Salem.

For more information and to register, go to or call 800-272-3900.

Virtual AgingWell Series set for Tuesday

The AgingWell Series will be presented from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday via Zoom. The series is sponsored by the Wake Forest School of Medicine, the Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention.

Laura Baker, PhD, associate director, Wake Forest University School of Medicine Memory Center will be presenting on “How Achieving and Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle Can Reduce Your Risk for Developing Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s.” Attendees will learn how the smallest changes to our lifestyle can have real benefits to our brain health.

This month’s AgingWell participants will join Adrienne Roethling from the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens as she leads us on a very special tour of their Spectacular Holiday Blooms. This event features stunning and truly unique gardens that are brimming with thousands of flowers that have been lovingly transformed by volunteers from recycled plastic bottles into an amazing array of illuminated fields of blooms.

Participation is free but attendees need to email [email protected] to register and receive the link to join the meeting.

It is important for first-time attendees to register so that you will receive the follow-up information from each program that includes recipes from the cooking demonstrations and notes from the presentations.

DAV chapter needs volunteer drivers

The local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans needs volunteer drivers to transport Forsyth County veterans to the Kernersville and Salisbury Veterans Affairs facilities.

The DAV provides the vehicle. Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and pass a physical provided by the VA.

For more information or to volunteer, call 336-515-5000 ext. 21479 to leave your contact information.

Ramp builders need volunteers

Serving Our Savior, a volunteer ministry that has been building wheelchair ramps for handicapped people in Forsyth County for 21 years, needs volunteers. The ramps enable wheelchair-bound persons and their caregivers to safely enter and exit their homes.

Ramps are built mainly on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and additional volunteers are needed. If you are retired or otherwise uncommitted on these mornings, we would welcome you to join this ministry of serving others. You do not have to be proficient with construction tools. We will teach you the necessary skills.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Harry Underwood at 336-765-8296 or [email protected].

Chair yoga classes to begin in January

Free chair yoga classes will begin Jan. 3 and will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Knollwood Baptist Church, Wellness and Community Center, 330 Knollwood St., Winston-Salem.

It is accessible to everyone. There is no registration.

For more information, email [email protected].

Shepherd’s Center has new, free caregiver programs

The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston Salem will offer two new programs for family caregivers. Supported by the Family Caregiver Support Program and funded through a grant of the American Rescue Plan Act, family caregivers may participate in either a Caregiver Activity Pack project or a Caregiver Book Discussion Group. There is no cost to participants for either program.

The Caregiver Activity Pack project is designed for caregivers who may have limited access to adult daycare, in-home aides, and other services. Eligibility and enrollment requirements must be met.

The Caregiver Book Discussion Group is designed for those family caregivers with flexibility in their daily caregiving responsibilities. The intent of this project is to provide opportunities for education and socialization around a commonly read book.

If you or someone you know may be interested in either of these offerings, please contact Carol Ann Harris at 336-748-0217 or email [email protected].

Senior Services needs volunteers

Senior Services needs volunteers to deliver hot, nutritious meals to older adults enrolled in the Meals-on-Wheels program. Volunteer op-portunities are flexible. You can deliver any day, Monday through Friday, between 9:45 a.m. and noon, once per week, once per month, or anything in between.

Safety protocols are in place with online options for application and orientation. Delivery routes can take 60 to 90 minutes.

For more information, visit, or contact Britnee Tellez by email at [email protected] or call 336-721-3411.

Tab and Elizabeth Williams Adult Day Center

Senior Services needs volunteers to offer support and socialization to participants at the Williams Adult Day Center by assisting with arts, crafts, music, and exercise activities.

Opportunities are also available to help with lunch preparation, ser-vice, and clean-up. Various shift times are available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

For more information, visit or contact Britnee Tellez at [email protected] or call 336-721-3411.

‘Welcome to Medicare’ workshop

The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem will have a free “Welcome to Medicare” workshop for individuals turning 65 and those who already have Medicare to learn about the different insurance options available, including “Original Medicare,” Medicare prescription drug programs, Medicare supplements and Medicare Advantage plans.

The session will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 19 on Zoom through computer and phone access. The session is designed to explain and clarify the Medicare signup process and educate attendees on how to make smart choices. Space is limited and reservations are required.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 336-748-0217 or email [email protected].

Literacy project needs volunteers

Read Write Spell needs volunteers to serve as tutors to school stu-dents. Training, support and all of the tools necessary for success are provided. A one-hour online information session will be held at noon Tuesday on Zoom.

For more information or to register, visit

SECU Family House needs volunteers

The SECU Family House needs groups and volunteers to provide meals for Family House guests.

These dinners provide much-needed support to adult patients and their caregivers who are away from home for medical care. Food may be prepared in the Family House kitchen or prepared offsite and dropped off. Having the meals at the house allows the families to avoid going to restaurants or grocery stores.

To see details and a list of available dinner dates and to learn more about a variety of offsite and onsite volunteer opportunities, visit or contact [email protected] or 336-793-2822.

Free ‘Medicare 101’ seminars scheduled

McCall Insurance Services will hold free in-person and online “Medicare 101” seminars at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday. The seminars explain Medicare’s programs and are for anyone turning 65 or on Medicare. Topics include the basics of Medicare, such as signing up for Medicare Parts A and Part B. The sessions will also explain Part C and Part D.

The seminar is for information only, and no solicitations will be made. Registration is required and can be made by calling 336-766-1885 or email [email protected] for details. You may attend in person or receive a link to securely connect to the meeting or go to For accommodation of persons with special needs at meetings, call 336-766-1885.

RSVP AmeriCorps Seniors seek help

The RSVP AmeriCorps Seniors (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is looking for volunteers aged 55 and older, in-person and online.

  • In-person reading buddies: (In-school setting) Petree Elementary School, second grade, 11:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. (After-school setting) Latino community Services.
  • Virtual Reading Buddy (after-school setting): Must have a computer, internet access and strong computer skills. Online Reading A-Z software and training will be provided.
  • Food Pantry Assistants: Assist with packing food boxes and distributing to clients from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays and/or Fridays.
  • Food Pantry Clerical Assistants: Must have strong computer skills and input client data. Volunteers are needed for three hours on Mondays and/or Fridays, noon to 3 p.m.
  • Drivers are needed to transport clients to medical appointments for partner agencies in Winston-Salem and Kernersville.
  • Card Connections: Phone Reassurance and Planning Support, King

For more information or to volunteer, email Patricia Gilliam at [email protected] or call 336-269-2762.

Hospice agency needs volunteers

Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care needs volunteers to help deliver compassionate care to patients at the end of life. Mountain Valley serves 18 counties in North Carolina and Virginia.

Volunteers are needed for such activities as reading or singing to patients, caregiver respite care, running errands, being a good listener and emotional support.

There is also a need for licensed or certified volunteers to provide such specialized services as art, massage, music and pet therapies. Hairdressers and notaries are also needed. Most volunteers must complete a training program, pass a background check, and meet other requirements, depending on their volunteer role.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Heidi College at [email protected] or 336-917-8550.

Kernersville Shepherd’s Center needs drivers

The Shepherd’s Center of Kernersville needs volunteer drivers to assist our organization with transportation services as well as visitation/companion sitting volunteers to help with home support services.

The Shepherd’s Center of Kernersville serves adults who are aging and/or disabled. For more information or to volunteer, call Claire Winfrey at 336-996-6696.

Free Medicare workshops set

Community Senior Benefits, 3195 Maplewood Ave., Winston-Salem, will have free Medicare 101 workshops at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in its board room. Topics will include Medicare costs, how to avoid penalties, prescription drug coverage and types of Medicare Supplement and Advantage plans. Meetings are limited to 10 people.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call 336-986-3836 or email [email protected].

Medicare info sessions planned

Blue Moon Benefits Group is holding free “Welcome to Medicare” webinars and seminars throughout the Triad area each week. These meetings cover a variety of topics related to enrolling in Medicare and also provide a basic understanding of Medicare coverage options.

The meetings are free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required for any in-person sessions. For information about up-coming sessions and to register, go to or call the Clemmons office at 336-778-1070.

Shepherd’s Center activities for December

The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem will have these activities during December. Unless otherwise noted, contact Kristin Larson at [email protected] for more information, get Zoom information or to register. Many of the activities will be in person at the Shepherd’s Center, 1700 Ebert St., Winston-Salem or are available on Zoom.

  • 1:30 p.m. Mondays: Chess with Paul Sluder. Free.
  • 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays: Tai chi for older adults with Misako Kay. A $2 donation is requested.
  • 11 a.m. Dec. 20: Writing workshop with Susan Surman on Zoom. Have you always wanted to write your story, but you don’t know how to start? Surman, an award-winning author and playwright, will lead a workshop to inspire attendees. Join at any time. Free.
  • Noon Tuesdays and Thursdays: Tai chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention with Wanda Patterson. A $2 donation is requested.
  • 2 p.m. Tuesdays: The Shepherd’s Center Singers. Men singers are needed. For more information, contact Carmina Jenks at [email protected].
  • 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: Advanced Bridge. A $2 donation is requested.
  • Noon Wednesdays: Tai chi for Body, Mind and Spirit at Miller Park shelter 10, beside shelter 1. Sandy Seeber is the instructor. The cost is $4 for Shepherd’s Center members and $5 for non-members. Social distancing and masks are required. For more information, contact Seeber at [email protected] or 336-409-8591.
  • 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays: Artistic Expressions (formerly Adult Coloring). Free.
  • 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays: Fellowship and games. Free.
  • 2:30 p.m. Dec. 21: Way Back Wednesdays on Zoom. Paul McCraw, a local historian and retired history teacher, will discuss local and world history and relate it to today’s events. Free.
  • 5 p.m. Thursdays: Intergenerational Community Drumming Circle, all ages and experience levels are welcome. Bring a drum or one is available. Free.

Samaritan Ministries seeks help with meals

Samaritan Ministries is serving meals in the dining room and needs volunteers to help with the meals. The ministry will provide in-person and to-go meals.

The lunch shift Mondays through Saturdays for volunteers is from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the dinner shift every day is from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Sunday lunch shift is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Volunteers must agree to a liability waiver and adhere to strict sanitation guidelines that include wearing an N95 mask, frequent hand washing, and appropriate distancing as recommended by health officials.

Students who are 13 years of age and older can volunteer in the soup kitchen with an adult.

Samaritan asks that higher-risk persons consult their medical provider about volunteering.

Samaritan Ministries is located at 414 E. Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, go to

Send items to [email protected].