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Peabody Retirement Community

Mission Statement: The mission of the Peabody Auxiliary is to use our service to make positive contributions to the missions of Peabody Retirement Community in serving older adults in the name of Jesus Christ.

Peabody Retirement Community is one of the well-known retirement communities in North Manchester. Their grounds consist of multiple buildings that house over 350 residents, ranging from those who can live in the apartment style homes and need little care, to those that live in medical wings that need constant care. To manage the campus and the 350 residents, Peabody utilizes over 350 employees.

Volunteers are an important and founding part of Peabody. Within the community itself, residents volunteer to help each other, but those coming from the surrounding community North Manchester and the college allow for some mingling and fresh faces. Volunteers from the school would work alongside these other volunteers, helping, listening and learning from them.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Gift Shop Clerk: This inner fundraiser for the residents of Peabody holds little yet useful and needed items for residents and their visitors on sale for reasonable prices inside the Peabody walls. Clerks are expected to run the cash register and assist anyone who requests it by way of the shop. As it stands, the shop is open from 4-7 p.m. although the community is seeking to extend hours, which volunteers might be able to make possible.

  • Day Care Provider: Caring for children of resident’s family as they talk and visit with their loved ones without having to worry about the well-being of their children.

  • “Barely-Used” Shop Clerk: A consignment shop of sorts inside the Peabody walls that allows residents to hand over “barely-used” items to sell for lower costs and offer the use of them to other residents who may require their use.

  • Musical Talent: Share a musical talent by performing, practicing in front of, or even tutoring residents.

  • Receptionist: Help greet and direct visitors to the campus and help log other’s volunteer hours.

  • Grounds Keeping: Work outside with Peabody’s grounds keeping staff by helping with and completing tasks around the grounds that need to be finished, including but not limited to; painting, mowing, gardening, polishing, cleaning.


Those interested in volunteering at Peabody Retirement Community are expected to:

  • Undergo a health screening, including a TB test
  • Agree to a background check
  • Fill out a volunteer application
  • Undergo the same training as employees

Important Information about the Opportunity:
Peabody, being a 24/7 care facility filled with diverse people is willing to work among times and topics with those willing to volunteer. They are more than interested in accommodating those volunteers that want to share their interests and strengths but may not know a good way in which to do it.

Also, because of the living situations of the residents, the campus is highly regulated through the Board of Health, meaning that the expectations listed above of each volunteer are never a lax issue.
On a lighter note, the Peabody staff does various recognition events for outstanding volunteering throughout the year.

A majority of the opportunities are on a case by case basis according to time, so contact with Nancy Nisbit and the Peabody staff will be crucial for scheduling. As specified, some opportunities do have particular time availabilities.

For more information, please contact:

Nancy Nisbit
Auxillary Coordinator
(260) 982-8616
(260) 982-0322

400 West Seventh St
N. Manchester, IN 46962

Or visit Peadbody's homepage.

If you ever have any questions or suggestions about volunteer opportunities, please feel free to contact the Manchester University Office of Volunteer Services: ovs@manchester.edu.