Volunteers in the Elders program serve within nursing homes and assisted living apartments in the St. Peter community. Volunteers foster positive relationships with residents through bingo, crafts, and conversation during a weekly activity night. Volunteers meet one hour per week and may choose from three different sites in the community. Another option is one-on-one meetings with residents throughout the year through the Adopt-a-Grandparent program. This is a great option for volunteers who would like to work independently and build a deeper relationship with an elderly individual and provide companionship.


The mission of the Elders Program is to build mutually beneficial relationships between committed and enthusiastic Gusties and residents of elderly care facilities. Elder’s fosters companionship and happiness by working with residents to enrich their quality of life through weekly activities and one-on-one relationships.

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining the Elders program, please email one of the coordinators:

Lucas Tomhave, ltomhave@gustavus.edu

Krystalin Neary, kneary@gustavus.edu

Clara Avenson, cavenson@gustavus.edu

Andres Losinski, alosinsk@gustavus.edu

Program Activities

We believe in helping elders maintain their quality of life. Our group focuses on trying to improve the livelihood of elderly St. Peter residents in long-term care facilities. Volunteers provide companionship, help maintain cognitive and social skills, build confidence, and act as a “family”.

There are two options with the Elders Program depending on your availability and desired involvement: weekly activity night or Adopt-a-Grandparent.

Track Service Hours and Search for Volunteering Opportunities

Click the image below to view Elders' Gustavus Engage page, where you can track your service hours and search for additional volunteering opportunities with a variety of different organizations.

Gustavus Engage

Community Partners

Ecumen Sand Prairie


Ecumen Prairie Hill
Benedictine Living Community
Pheasant's Ridge


Name Role Gustavus Email Address
Clara Avenson Coordinator cavenson@gustavus.edu
Andres Losinski Coordinator alosinsk@gustavus.edu
Krystalin Neary Coordinator kneary@gustavus.edu
Lucas Tomhave
Coordinator ltomhave@gustavus.edu