Volunteer

Volunteering Possibilities are endless – below are just a few from which to choose!

Are you looking for a substantive, fun, and meaningful opportunity?   Our volunteer opportunities allow you to use or develop leadership skills, socialize with like-minded peers, and make a huge difference! Let us help you find your ideal volunteer match!

To become a volunteer, please contact Alison Smith, Volunteer Connect 55+ Coordinator, at 919-245-4241 or alsmith@orangecountync.gov .

Seymour & Passmore Center Assistance Teams:
As our centers prepare to provide more extensive individual services for our participants, the Senior Centers will need your help.  Our primary goal is to ensure that all of our participants are safe and protected; this is where our volunteers can be a huge asset!  As a volunteer you will work with center front desk staff to assist participants with checking in upon entry to the building and identifying program locations and resources.   
 
Telephone Reassurance Volunteers:
Volunteers make telephone calls to local older adults, providing reassurance and a check on their status, safety, and comfort. Volunteers are trained to provide phone calls, and commit to making calls once per week (recipients receive daily calls Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am – 10am).

The Handy Helpers program:
Handy Helpers enable older adults to stay in their homes by providing high-quality, volunteer/pro-bono repairs of minor maintenance issues for those unable to afford to complete repairs on their own. Volunteers perform small maintenance jobs (less than three hours), such as changing light bulbs, fixing a broken screen, unclogging plumbing, patching minor leaks, and installing smoke detectors.

Seymour & Passmore Center Lunch Nutrition Program:
Volunteers help assist in all facets of serving daily lunch meals, Monday through Friday, at each Senior Center. Volunteers choose their days and location, and volunteer from approximately 10 am to 1 pm, on their given day(s).

Friend to Friend Team:
Friend to Friend volunteers build a friendly relationship with an older adult or couple, who enjoys being with other people, but no longer has many opportunities for social interaction. After a small orientation with the Department on Aging, you’ll be matched with an older adult or married couple, with similar interests. You’ll spend just one or two hours a week with your new friend, exploring your common interests and making a huge difference in her or his life. 

Wellness Volunteer:
The Wellness Program is seeking volunteers who are passionate about health and wellness.  If you enjoy helping others, love communicating, are creative and organized we need your help!  Wellness volunteers assist the Wellness Coordinator with the daily operations of the fitness center, assist with special events, participate in community outreach, and assist with administrative tasks.

Endless Possibilities Delivery Program:
Volunteer carriers deliver Endless Possibilities (formally known as Senior Times) to outside racks or indoor shelves once per quarter (four times per year), and then maintain their racks/shelves on a weekly basis.

Food Box Distribution Team:
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) volunteers may contribute in three different capacities; as the volunteer caller who places monthly reminder calls to all CSFP participants, as a site distribution volunteer who assists with distributing boxes on the schedule pick-up day, or as a volunteer driver who delivers boxes in a designated area. 

Volunteer Drivers Team:
Volunteer Drivers are needed to provide safe and direct transportation for older adults who cannot access public transportation. Each driver chooses their available times, and receives training, support, program materials. An hour of your driving time can make a huge difference in someone’s ability to remain independent!  

Project EngAGE Senior Resource Teams (SRTs):
Seeking new participants to join our Senior Resource Teams (SRTs)! Each SRT is a small group of volunteers who meet monthly to address a specific topic area with their own unique projects, events, and initiatives. Team members are leaders accomplishing substantive community-driven work. The current SRTs are: Community Visitation/SALT, Falls Prevention, End of Life Choices, Senior Transportation, Neighborhood Connections, Faith Outreach, Caregiver Support, Mental Wellness, Long-term Care, Intergenerational, LGBTQ & Aging, and Policy & Advocacy. Contact us to learn more!

SHIIP: Senior Health Insurance Information Program Position:
Volunteers provide Medicare & Affordable Care Act Insurance assistance, counseling, information, and education, as well as publicity & community information sessions. Volunteers receive comprehensive training and supervision

The Orange County Department on Aging can connect you with a variety of volunteer opportunities through our Volunteer Connect 55+ Volunteer Program. You can become a community resource leader through our Project EngAGE 13-week senior leadership program, assist with tax preparation through VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program), provide Medicare counseling through SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance and Information Program), help teach computer classes at The Seymour Technology Center, and so much more!