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Our Board members champion the importance of exceptional board leadership and believe that our organization needs a strong and effective board to fully realize its potential for good. Board members are active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and are engaged in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for Minuteman Senior Services to advance its mission. If interested, please call Board Liaison Karen D'Amico at 781-221-7011.
Join our Social Connections Program and become a friendly visitor and essential shopper for an hour once a week. Volunteer Friendly Visitors provide an important “quality of life” service as regular social contact is proven to improve health and wellbeing. Provide company over the phone or in-person in an effort to reduce social isolation for a local senior, and help with essential shopping, too. We provide support and training, and you make a meaningful connection with a senior friend.
Can you spare a few lunch-time hours, two times a month or more? If so, you can deliver nutritious lunches to local homebound seniors in our service area. Meals on Wheels Drivers deliver between 6 and 20 meals twice a month or more, with time for a quick chat and wellness check. The need is great! Volunteers can work independently or as a team - workplace teams are a great way to help!
Help out at your local hot lunch program where seniors gather for a nutritious meal; volunteers are needed to help set-up, serve and clean up. Dining Assistants work with the Dining Coordinator to create a welcoming community, encourage conversation, update route sheets and set up/serve and clean up after lunchtime meals. Assistants are trained to comply with safe food handling practices and procedures as well as local fire, health and sanitation codes. This is an opportunity to meet a lot of great people.
Become trained and certified to co-lead multiple session healthy living programs. These classes are designed to improve self-care by people with chronic disease or to improve balance, diet and exercise. Once trained, lay leaders are asked to commit to two classes within one year of certification and attend related team meetings. Find out more
SHINE Counselors provide Medicare beneficiaries and people new to Medicare with free, objective, accurate information regarding health insurance options. Interested volunteers with strong computer and critical thinking skills participate in a 40-hour state certification training program* learning the details of Medicare, MassHealth and other state or federal public health benefits. Volunteers are mentored and participate in ongoing education offered monthly, so they are well prepared to provide in person counseling at sites throughout the Minuteman Senior Services region. The SHINE counselor time commitment is between four and ten hours each month. Please be aware that we are required to do a federal background check on all individuals who wish to volunteer for SHINE.
*SHINE certification training is scheduled annually or on as needed basis
Assist seniors or adults with disabilities who need assistance with their monthly bill paying and related paperwork. Volunteer bill payers establish a list of monthly income and expenses; sort (financial) mail; organize bills for payment; balance checkbook and reconcile to bank statement; write checks from a designated account for consumer to sign; and perform other related tasks as agreed by consumer, volunteer, and program coordinator.
Become trained and certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to impartially investigate and resolve complaints and problems of residents in long-term care facilities and rest homes. Ombudsmen visit residents regularly to receive and resolve resident concerns. Ombudsmen are also a source of information on community resources and residents' legal rights. Volunteers receive training provided through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the commitment is approximately two hours each week.