Volunteers expand and enrich the programs and services offered by the Georgetown Council on Aging in its mission to serve local elders and their families. On an annual basis, more than 100 volunteers provide approximately 3,000 hours of service to elders in our community.
The following activities represent a partial list of the ways volunteers share their time, skills and talents with the Georgetown Council on Aging.
· AARP Tax Preparation
§ Seasonal tax aid for individuals with moderate incomes
· Activity Programs
§ Share talents as a musician, instructor, discussion group leader
§ Distribute bingo cards and prizes. Call weekly bingo games.
· Baked goods
§ Provide baked goods for special events
· Craft Instructors
§ Plan and lead a basic craft activity
· Doll-Making Group
§ Join in sewing dolls for children living with need
· Exercise program support
§ Coordinate walking clubs. Support COA staff in setting up and facilitating exercise programs.
· Friendly Visitor
§ Coordinated by the Outreach Worker, brighten the day of a frail elder with a visit or a telephone call
· NEET Driver
§ Volunteer drivers who provide elders with transportation to out-of-town medical appointments
§ Collate the Georgetown Council on Aging newsletter and distribute the newsletter to senior housing.
· Party Planning
§ Help plan and coordinate special events such as monthly birthday parties and special occasion events
§ Council on Aging office front desk coverage. Responsibilities include greeting visitors, answering the telephone, taking messages, and directing calls. Scheduling elder transportation needs and providing information regarding COA programs and activities.
§ SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) volunteers provide health care information, counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries of all ages. SHINE volunteers are trained and certified by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.