The Council on Aging could not accomplish its work without the assistance of volunteers. Toward this end, we offer challenging opportunities for volunteers to choose from and a supportive network for managing our volunteer workforce. The many needs that volunteers can help to fulfill include: Activities Hostesses with Food Service Experience, Congregate Dining Assistants, Meals on Wheels Drivers, Medical Transportation (Local & Boston), Reception/Administrative Support, Friendly Visitors, Blood Pressure Nurses, Bus Escorts to Assist Shoppers, Senior Newsletter Collators, Gift Shop Volunteers, Food Shoppers, Library Assistants, Intergenerational Reading, Income Tax Aides, Building and Grounds, Snow Shovelers, Bus Escorts to Assist Shoppers, Computer Lab Assistants, Touch Screen Guides, and more……
Volunteers who possess special skills are encouraged to donate them through teaching a class or developing a new program in conjunction with Council on Aging Staff. Volunteer applications and CORI checks are required.
To set up an appointment, contact Donna Weinberg: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Application – PDF
A few detailed positions include:
Activities Hostesses with Food Service Experience: Prepares and serves refreshments for weekly activities and special events from setup to cleanup. Hours: 4-8 hours per week or as agreed during daily hours of COA operation. Schedule: Fixed or flexible hours.
Congregate Dining Assistants: Packages meals on wheels, set up dining room, serve lunches and clean up at conclusion of meals. Serve 25-60 Seniors daily. Hours: 4 hours weekly, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Schedule: Fixed.
Meals on Wheels Drivers: Driver assigned to a special route to deliver meals on wheels-lunch to homebound clients in the community. Use of own vehicle with mileage reimbursement through Old Colony Elder Services. Hours: 2 hours weekly, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Schedule: Fixed hours or may be substitute driver.
Medical Transportation Drivers: Transport Seniors from their homes to medical appointments (local or Boston) and back. Also may include transportation to pick up prescriptions from a local pharmacy. Use of own vehicle with mileage reimbursement through Old Colony Planning Council. Hours: Flexible, during daily hours of COA operation. Schedule: On call.
Reception/Administrative Support: Volunteers that answer phones and assist clients and newcomers that enter Senior Center. May include office support and data entry. Hours: Two shifts, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Schedule: Fixed or on call as needed.
Friendly Visitors: Provides friendship and communication to those isolated elders by a visit or phone call. Hours: Flexible. Schedule: As agreed with client.
Blood Pressure Nurses: Regular/ backup nurse monitors COA clients’ blood pressure for one hour every fourth Wednesday blood pressure clinic. Active license required. Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Schedule: Fixed, once a month.
Bus Escorts: Escort assists Senior Bus Driver to ensure safety of seniors and help them on/off bus, carry groceries. Hours: 2 – 6 hours subject to day of week during hours of COA operation. Schedule: Fixed or on call.
Senior Newsletter Collators: As part of a group, readies the COA Link newsletter for mailing each month at Senior Center. Hours: 1-2 hours per month. Schedule: On call.