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About Volunteer Connect 55+

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Welcome to Volunteer Connect 55+.

Volunteer Connect 55+ (VC 55+) is a program of the Orange County Department on Aging to enrich the lives of people 55+ in Orange County by connecting them to meaningful volunteer experiences in the community. VC 55+ offers a new way for older adults to fulfill their passions and interests through diverse volunteer opportunities with other older adults.

If you are currently volunteering with the Department on Aging, Senior Center Friends, VITA Tax Service, or schools, you will automatically become a member of Volunteer Connect 55+.

Browse our page and click on the links below to learn more about this rewarding program:


Photo of volunteer June Weatherly scheduling appointments for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program.Volunteer Connect 55+ seeks to foster meaningful volunteer experiences for Orange County older adults, based on each participant’s talents and passions. The VC55+ peer-to-peer engagement model encourages enduring and authentic connections between older community members.  Our primary goal, encompassed by the central mission of Orange County Department on Aging, is to imbue purpose and richness in the daily experience of our older adults, both as providers and recipients of volunteer service benefits. 

To find more about VC55+ download the VC55+ Volunteer Handbook below and complete the Volunteer Application today!

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Volunteers Gloria and Haryo Marsosudiro assist fellow senior Milton Patillo.Orange County Department on Aging Volunteer Opportunities

  • To find your ideal volunteer opportunity download the VC55+ Volunteer Handbook. For more information and assistance contact our volunteer coordinator, Shenae McPherson. Please call 919-245-4243, email, or drop by one of our senior centers to talk to Shenae.
  • Office Hours: 
                    • Passmore Center, Monday & Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.;
                    • Seymour Center, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Photo of volunteer Richard Tofte sitting on a bench at the entrance of the Seymour Center.

  • Personal satisfaction, a feeling of usefulness, improved health
  • Opportunity to get involved with people and programs or help behind the scenes
  • Chance to make Orange County a better place for older adults.

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VC55+ Monthly Service Hours Report Form

Friends of Central Orange Senior Center Hours Report Form

Friends of Seymour Daily Hours Report Form

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Contact the Volunteer Connect 55+ team by email or phone:

Yvette Garcia Missri, Manager 919-245-4241

Shenae McPherson, Volunteer Coordinator 919-245-4243

Fran Dionne, Volunteer Data Manager 919-245-4245

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Local Sponsors: 
Orange County Government, Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill

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