If you enjoy meeting new people and going to the grocery store, this program is for you.

Shopping Assistance Volunteering

Chores that many people take for granted can get harder to accomplish as you age. Some older adults can’t get to the grocery store, and would like someone to go for them. Others want to do their own shopping, but would like a friendly helper to come along. Shopping Assistants support older adults with food shopping and other grocery-related tasks such as loading or unloading groceries. Depending on needs, the volunteer may either transport the elder to the store with them and assist with shopping, or accept a grocery list from them and do the shopping on their behalf.


Springwell Shopping Assistance volunteers are matched with isolated older adults in Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley and Weston.  Shopping Assistants can help with writing a shopping list, going to the store for or with someone, putting away groceries, or running other, brief shopping errands. Shopping trips are typically weekly, or bi-weekly, as needed. Springwell Shopping Assistants do not handle more than $75 in cash or manage money.


Springwell has more than 30 years of experience working with volunteers. One thing we know for sure is that kindness matters. Because of Springwell Volunteers: People are less lonely. People are less anxious. People can get to important medical appointments. People feel heard. People are able to enjoy a healthy meal in a friendly environment. People know someone cares.

Each volunteer is screened to determine their interests, trained and carefully matched with a senior in the community. Program managers are always available to answer volunteers’ questions and handle any concerns that may arise.



  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Make a 1 year commitment
  • Be available once per week for 1-2 hours
  • Shopping trips can take place on weekends and in the evening

If taking someone shopping:

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Clean driving record
  • Vehicle in good condition


To become a Shopping Assistant, all prospective volunteers must be interviewed in person, have two favorable references, and successfully pass a Criminal Offender Record Inquiry (CORI). When you are ready to sign up, click on the “Volunteer Now!” button to fill out a short registration form. Once you have completed the form, we will schedule a phone call to discuss next steps.

More Info

What will you gain from the role?

  • The opportunity to make a lasting connection with someone
  • The satisfaction of making a genuine difference in someone’s life
  • A new friend

What skills and experience are needed?

  • A kind and friendly nature
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to treat information confidentially
  • Patience and a good sense of humor!

What support will be provided?

  • Volunteer orientation and training in our Waltham Office
  • Support and guidance from our staff
  • Mileage reimbursement available upon request

When will you be needed?

This volunteer role involves a commitment to visit the person that you are matched with consistently every week or every other week for 1-2 hours.  You can volunteer days, evenings or weekends, whatever works best for both of you.