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Community Volunteering at a Glance

(as coordinated by the Senior Center Staff)

Volunteering is:  Matching interests of volunteers with needs of our organization

A good way to make new friends and improve general levels of health and fitness

A great way to further a cause, support an organization and make a difference in your community

A way to get to know others in the organization and how the groups support volunteerism

A way to pass on your skills and learning to help make a difference in people and their lives

Getting started: 

            How to apply:  Fill out an application

                                    Have an interview to talk about interests, needs, time, responsibilities, etc.

                                    If a match, fill out CORI, center staff will check references

                                    Take part in training program – in a group or individually

            When you volunteer fill out a volunteer log for our records of service

Synopsis of volunteer positions:

            Administrative:  Assist the Senior Center Director with a variety of clerical office supports which may include grant writing, entering computer data, proofreading, counting money and preparing deposits and assisting other Center staff.  Flexible hours per week or month.

            Receptionist:  Greeting people coming to the Center, answering the phone and taking messages, recording calls, answer questions for people, assist staff people as needed, assist with events as needed, keep activity sheets updated, monitor restroom supplies. Weekly scheduled 4 or more hours.

            Courtesy:  Assist Center Staff with events, activities and general operation of site.  On call as needed.

            Neighbor to Neighbor:  Develop and support long-term relationships with neighbors which may include friendly visits, chores, yard and garden work, shopping, running errands, being available to call on elderly neighbor to lend a hand or an ear. Flexible hours per week.

            Driver:  Provide door-to-door transportation for elders to medical appointments, shopping, errands and social activities.  Must have your own registered/insured car , current driver’s license, and be flexible in time commitments.  Mileage stipend available.  On call or as needed.

            Handy Man/Home Repair:  Make minor repairs in the homes of elders who request some assistance.  No special license required, but person needs to have a variety of skills and able to provide a variety of services.  Bring your own tools if needed.  Homeowner pays for materials needed. On call as needed

            Early Bird Reception:  Assist in helping the Center staff  get the workday off to a smooth start.  Any day 8-9am, Monday – Friday.

            Newsletter/Publicity:  Help prepare newsletter and/or other mailings for distribution.  Help to inform the public about activities and events by writing articles, distributing materials or staffing informational tables.

            Website Manager:  Oversee, add/delete information, maintain Senior Center website pages.  Flexible.

            Program/Activity Leader:  Assist Center staff with presenting/leading a program or activity. Occasional or ongoing.

                        Local Council on Aging Member:  Each town has a Council on Aging.  For more information on how to get involved call the Shelburne Senior Center Director, Cathy Buntin at 625-2502.