Website Veterans Memorial Senior Center

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center is partnered with RSVP of San Mateo County to provide volunteer opportunities.  RSVP stands for Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.  It is a nationwide network of experienced adults who contribute their time and talents to important programs that strengthen their communities.  RSVP is sponsored in San Mateo County by Mills-Peninsula Senior Focus and is part of the Corporation for National Service.

The VMSC offers volunteer experiences for people of all ages and abilities.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Instructors:  Teach a group in your area of expertise!  Workshops, Classes & Lectures
  • Hospitality Greeters:  Welcome visitors, help at tax time, provide tours, do clerical work, etc.
  • Friends of the Veterans Memorial Senior Center: Help out in our lunch program.
  • Ombudsman:  Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County advocates for residents in long-term care facilities.
  • Senior Affairs Commissioner – Appointed by the City Council of Redwood City

Maybe you have an idea we haven’t thought of?

If you would like further information about our volunteer program or have ideas about volunteer possibilities, please feel free to contact Anna Carlos  (650) 780-7343.

The Friends of the Veterans Memorial Senior Center

The Friends of the Veterans Memorial Senior Center is a non-profit board of directors.  The “Friends” raise funds, independently of Redwood City’s financial support, and work closely with the Manager of the Center to review, suggest or enhance programs serving the senior population of the community. The board meets monthly and several subcommittees meet more frequently to accomplish their tasks.

Fundraising and Grant Writing are primarily done by volunteers and is the major source of income at this time. The Center is used on a regular basis by several senior groups. It has its own schedule of classes, seminars, films, exercise programs, and special events, as well as a gift shop. A major function of the Center is providing our nutrition program which offers almost 3000 lunches per year at an inexpensive price thanks to the subsidy provided by the funds from the Friends.

Directors serve three-year terms and some new Directors are elected each year to replace retiring Directors.

If you are interested in being on our board, please contact Pat & at (650) 780-7275 to receive an application.

Senior Affairs Commission

The general objectives of the Senior Affairs Commission shall be to encourage, foster, facilitate, establish and maintain programs for the enhancement of all matters relating to the social, economic and personal well being of the City’s senior population.

Its duties and responsibilities shall be:

To recommend to the City of Redwood City Council or Manager the establishment of programs, stimulating and encouraging the development and maintenance of senior programs and services in the City and to review periodically such programs as are so established.

To review and make recommendations to the Council and Manager regarding the funding of senior programs and services that operate within the City for the benefit of the City’s senior population.

Upon request, therefore, to advise the Council and other boards and commissions of the City regarding any matter affecting the City’s senior population.

Regular meetings are scheduled on the second Thursday of each month

Come Join us!  We’d love to hear from you!


Advocates For Accessible Recreation Incorporated

AFAR was founded in April 1976 to assist in the development of recreation programs for people with special needs.  AFAR primarily supports Redwood City’s Special Needs

Afternoon Program (SNAP) through individual scholarships to programs and events.  AFAR provides funding for capital improvements, looking to provide inclusive recreation opportunities for all residents of San Mateo County.  Visit their

The SNAP programs are partially funded through a generous grant from Sequoia Healthcare District.

Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County

Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County advocates for residents in long-term care facilities.  An Ombudsman (om-buds-man) is a trained person who investigates complaints and resolves them on behalf of the residents of the 500 long-term care facilities in San Mateo County.

We advocate for the frail and vulnerable clients we serve.  We are also charting the course of care for tomorrow’s elder Americans. Our services are free.

Our work is important. There is a strong statistical possibility that you or a loved one will reside in a nursing home during your lifetime. Our job is to make sure your stay is safe, comfortable, dignified and that all residents receive the quality of care that they have a right to expect.

Visit the Ombudsman website at: or call 650-780-5707

Sequoia Village – Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Sequoia Village is a group of local residents with the goal of helping each other to age in place.  We do this by providing access to support services that enable people to engage in community activities and continue to lead independent lives.  Services include transportation, simple home repairs, home safety improvements, social activities, assistance with errands, and more.

Sequoia Village is a non-profit, membership-based virtual community that is available to older adults living in Belmont, San Carlos and Redwood City, including Redwood Shores.  As of January 2016 we have 105 members and over 80 trained and vetted volunteers.

Please contact us if you would like to consider joining Sequoia Village as a member or a volunteer.

Email:, Phone: 650-260-4569

For more info see our

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Sequoia Healthcare District

Sequoia Healthcare District’s mission is to improve the quality of life for District residents by enhancing access to healthcare services and by supporting and encouraging programs and activities designed to achieve health, wellness and disease prevention.

Sequoia Health Care District helps support the Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County, the Adaptive Physical Education program and the Redwood City Special Needs Afternoon program.

Senior Services


FISH is an all-volunteer service organization which provides Free Medical Transportation to the Residents of Redwood City, Redwood Shores, Belmont and San Carlos. We are open Monday through Thursday and drive as far north as San Mateo and as far south as Palo Alto. For rides, if possible try to call 650-593-1288 at least a week in advance.

FISH welcomes new volunteers to use their phones or to drive just one 1/2 day a month. For information call the number above.

HICAP– Health Insurance Advocacy

Confused about Medicare or other healthcare insurance?  HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) is a statewide, state and federally funded program for Medicare beneficiaries and their families.

HICAP provides information, counseling, and assistance to consumers regarding the Medicare program, supplemental (Medigap) insurance, managed health care plans, long-term care insurance and other health insurance issues.  All of these services are provided by highly trained, volunteer counselors who are certified by the California Department of Aging.

Call the Main Office to make an appointment at (800) 434-0222.  Your appointment will be held at your local Senior Center.

Hearing Loss Association of America, Peninsula Chapter

Peninsula Chapter (formerly SHHH).  Learn how to thrive even with a hearing loss.  Questions and answers, refreshments and friendships!  Join others like yourself and learn about new technologies to help with your hearing.

We will have guest speakers and group discussions about hearing loss issues that affect us all. Let us know what you would like to know more about or discuss and we will work it into our programming schedule.  For more information, Raegene Castle, 650-369-4717, or email

AARP Tax Preparation Service

Wednesdays, During Tax Season Only

Filling out your tax return can be a rather difficult chore.  During tax season, the wonderful volunteers of AARP donate their time and skills to help you file your return. Appointments will be on Wednesdays, from 9am – 3pm.  An appointment is required for this free service.  Check the January-February edition of the VMSC Senior Sentinel for a phone number and details.

AARP Drivers Safety Class

An 8-hour two-day class is offered for those who have not taken an AARP Drivers Safety Class.  If you’ve taken the full 8-hour class within the past 3 years, there is a 4-hour refresher class. Your auto insurance company may give you a discount on your premium when you present a certificate of completion.  Classes are offered at different times during the year.  For more info, call (650) 780-7270.