Volunteer Services

Volunteering in even simple ways can help others and improve your health and happiness. Each year, Bridgewater Retirement Community provides volunteer hours for people of a variety of different ages, backgrounds and interests. Those who volunteer with us are valued members of the Bridgewater family. We recognize that many volunteers played a large part in making Bridgewater Retirement Community who we are today, which has allowed us to faithfully serve the community for over 50 years.

As Bridgewater Retirement Community strives to have Energy for Life, we encourage you to bring your energy and change a life. By sharing your time, you can make a positive difference in the lives of others and enrich your own. There are many opportunities to volunteer and add to the community life at Bridgewater Retirement Community as well as to that of the surrounding communities. Whatever your passion is, Laura Ipock, Director of Volunteer Services, will match you with one of our many opportunities. The possibilities are endless!

Volunteer Spotlight

For information on additional opportunities, please contact Laura Ipock, Director of Volunteer Services.

Auxiliary Volunteer

The Bridgewater Home Auxiliary is an active group of volunteers that support Bridgewater Home through fundraising. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities including, but not limited to, ReRun Shoppe, Cottage Gifts, special events or assisting on a committee. Come share your time and talents and make a lasting impact on the residents of Bridgewater Home.

Group Programs: Adopt-a-Household

At Bridgewater Retirement Community, our goal is to keep residents engaged in the local community. We welcome participation from local churches, schools, civic organizations and businesses to visit our residents! One-time group opportunities are available. Interested in being more involved? The Adopt-a-Household project might be the best opportunity for your organization. This program offers the opportunity to build relationships with residents in one of the six nursing households through visiting one time per month. This experience is sure to not only enhance the lives of residents but to enhance those in your organization as well.

College Student Volunteer Programs

Make your learning interactive! Bridgewater Retirement Community has a variety of ways to give students the opportunity to learn about the healthcare industry. College student volunteer programs are available year round. A minimum of 20 hours is required. Use your skills and talents to make a difference in the life of a senior. Below are a few highlighted volunteer opportunities for college students:

Music Volunteers – Have a music talent? Come share your skills with the residents of Bridgewater Retirement Community. Volunteer hours are flexible.

It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L) Volunteers – Make your technology skills count! Our iN2L system is a complete package providing a truly integrated experience. A simple press of a button can launch hundreds of applications for recreation, social connection, and memory care engagement. Assist in helping our nursing household and assisted living residents in using this program to learn, reminisce, and intellectually stimulate.

Adopt-a-Grandparent – Come build a special relationship with a resident. Students in this program will visit one-on-one with a resident from the nursing household, assisted living or independent living. The opportunities are endless and so is the impact!

Other opportunities available in health and behavioral sciences (speech, occupational, physical therapies, social work, dietetics, etc.).

Junior Volunteer/High School Programs

Summer Program – Each summer, Bridgewater Retirement Community is brightened with the smiles from many junior volunteers. Junior volunteers range in age from 12-18. The BRC Junior Volunteer Program is an opportunity for students to learn about the healthcare industry while building relationships with fellow volunteers, staff, and residents. Students have the opportunity to volunteer in a variety of settings that help enhance the quality of life for residents who live in our community. The application process begins in April of 2017. Contact volunteer services to be placed on our contact list.

Home School Program – BRC has an established summer Junior Volunteer Program that we are expanding to a year-round program. The time is flexible with your schedule. Come enjoy the opportunity to socialize with residents and engage in an interactive, intergenerational learning experience.

Pet Visits

Bridgewater Retirement Community is full of many seniors who love animals but are no longer able to take care of them. Help be part of the solution! Volunteer opportunities are available for pet visits. Volunteer times are flexible.

Resident Engagement Programs

At Bridgewater Retirement Community, it is important that residents are living life fully. We strive to ensure that residents engage socially, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually. Volunteers have the opportunity to aid in life enrichment programs. A few opportunities include bingo helpers, assisting with Bible study, baking helpers, gardening and games/trivia. Come enjoy one of these fun opportunities with residents! Life enrichment programs are available in nine different locations on campus.

Are you ready to get started? We are sure that we have just the right opportunity for you. We encourage you to bring your energy and change a life! Complete our online application or contact Laura Ipock, Director of Volunteer Services, at Lipock@brcliving.org.

Volunteer Application


Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
~Elizabeth Andrew