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MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our working Board of Directors meets monthly, and functions as a team with the Executive Director to achieve the objectives of the agency, including oversight of 20+ programs. Board members act as ambassadors between the agency and community residents, and must reside in our 16-town service area. Individuals with finance and/or legal backgrounds strongly encouraged to apply. If interested, please call Board Liaison Karen D'Amico at 781-221-7011.
Click on any of the positions below to request more information.
Join our Social Connections Program and become a friendly visitor and essential shopper for an hour or two a week or every other 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 at no cost to you! 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.
If you are a good problem solver, have good analytical skills and want to exercise your brain to stay young, you would make a good SHINE Counselor. You will truly find enjoyment and satisfaction that comes with helping people feel empowered to make decisions. Potential counselors will be provided with 12 days of training. This initial time commitment is substantial but will provide you with the tools and resources needed. Counselors are typically assigned to a local Council on Aging and are asked to make a time commitment of 3-4 hours per week.
Assist seniors or disabled adults 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.