From some of the responses to my post, I feel kind of like I must be living in a paranoid part of the country.
I was interviewed at the senior center by one of the full time paid staff. I was asked why I wanted to volunteer. That felt demeaning although I'm sure it was well intentioned. I mentioned I wouldn't mind helping someone out with basic financial stuff and she looked at me like I had some criminal intent. Or maybe I imagined it, but she quickly made it clear that only licensed vetted people were allowed into that area. Oops.
Have any volunteers felt like the paid staff was on a different (superior?) level? I sure don't want to go back to work. Maybe I need a better attitude?