Senior Resource Teams

Project EngAGE Senior Leader Training

Project EngAGE is a 13-week senior leadership program whose mission is to recruit and train Orange County older adults to become community resource leaders and ultimately make their communities the ideal places to age. Project EngAGE graduates have formed self-directed Senior Resource Teams (SRTs) to fill resource gaps with their own unique projects. These teams currently play an integral role in helping achieve the mission of making Orange County an ideal place to age well. If you are interested in participating in a semester-long Project EngAGE training, contact Volunteer Connect 55+ Administrator, Shenae McPherson, at shmcpherson@orangecountync.gov.

Senior Resource Teams (SRTs)

VC55+ aims to get interested community volunteers, who are not Project EngAGE graduates, directly involved in existing SRTs and their activities. This can include both direct participation in the development of projects or initiatives of a given SRT and/or working on the ground to make the SRT’s mission a reality. Time commitments vary and generally depend on how much time an individual volunteer wants to commit. Project EngAGE volunteer opportunities are listed below:

SRT: Community Visitation/SALT Team

Mission: To improve the quality of life for isolated Orange County seniors by nurturing the development of resources adequate to mitigate the more extreme risks of isolation.

Hours: Part-time (flexible, set hours once scheduled, 6 month minimum commitment) 

Position Summary: Volunteers are trained with a retired SALT (Seniors & Law Enforcement Together) County Deputy (including three day-long ride-alongs) and choose a route to visit each week on the same day at about the same time. There is no minimum number of people to be visited on a given visiting route, but each volunteer must commit at least six months to this program. The purpose of each visit is to establish a friendly relationship and to check-in on aging, often homebound individuals to help them problem-solve, refer them to relevant services, and provide companionship. Available referrals and services are covered in the training process. Please note, at this time there is no monetary mileage compensation. *Prospective and current volunteers must be willing to undergo background checks.

SRT: Faith-Based Outreach Team

Mission: To serve as an outreach channel and resource between our aging congregation and the Department on Aging.  We will assist older adults with aging safely in community by distributing information, education and opportunities to faith-based communities.

Position Summaries: Congregational Liaison: Orange County faith-based organization members interested in helping to disseminate the services and opportunities offered by the Department on Aging in order to enrich the lives of those in faith communities and living within Orange County.

Team Member: Members of this team are expected to participate in once-monthly meetings plan and activities that support aging congregations, such as Faith & Aging Symposiums, and senior hunger initiatives in the faith-based setting. 

SRT: Senior Falls Prevention & Health Promotion Team

Mission: To keep seniors standing and mobile.

Position Summary: Members of this team are expected to participate in once-monthly meetings to plan and implement primary falls preventions to older adults within the Orange County community.

SRT: End of Life Choices Team

Mission: To enable seniors in Orange County to make choices that maximize their quality of life in their final years and around how their lives end.

Position Summary: Members of this team are expected to participate in once-monthly to plan activities designed to increase end of life planning behavior for seniors, and to advocate for maximizing end of life choices. 

SRT: Senior Transportation & Mobility Team

Mission: To enhance the overall well-being of Orange County seniors through meaningful education and advocacy around driving alternatives

Position Summary: Members of this team are expected to participate in once-monthly meetings around advocacy and educational activities, and to partner with the Department on Aging’s Transportation Specialist. 

*Please contact Brandi Beeker for more information at bbeeker@orangecountync.gov 

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SRT: Neighborhood Connections Team

Mission: To foster within Orange County a vibrant and engaging quality of life for seniors living in community by building trusted and reciprocal relationships through social engagement, education, practical support and assistance.

Position Summary: Members of this team consist of individuals interested in forming community within their own, individual neighborhoods. Members are expected to participate in once-monthly meetings to support one another’s efforts, and to help plan the “Engaging Issues” speakers series around aging-inn-community related resources.

SRT: Caregiver Support Team

Mission: The Caregiver Support SRT seeks to support caregivers by providing essential education and resources, increasing community awareness around issues facing caregivers, and by collaborating with and advising the Department on Aging OC Cares Team. 

Position Summary: Members are expected to participate in once-monthly meetings to plan and implement projects and initiatives to support caregivers. 

SRT: Intergenerational SRT

Mission: To always create a bridge that connects the energy of our youth with the wisdom of our elders and to provide a path for the spirit of togetherness.  By creating, supporting and implementing intergenerational programs we encourage generations to embrace one another and share something impactful.  

Position Summary: Members are expected to participate in once-monthly meetings to plan and implement projects and initiatives to support intergenerational activities. 

SRT: Long-term Care SRT

Mission: to improve quality of life for those living in long-term care facilities through social engagement and enrichment.  

Position Summary: Members are expected to participate in once-monthly meetings to plan and implement projects and initiatives to support long-term care residents.

SRT: Mental Wellness and Aging SRT

Mission: To support the mental health of seniors and their families through training and other initiatives provided for Project EngAGE SRTs, volunteers, and the community to increase their understanding of the symptoms and treatments of mental illness while helping to alleviate the associated stigmas. 

Position Summary: Members are expected to participate in once-monthly meetings to plan and implement projects and initiatives to support mental wellness support and information accessibility for Orange County’s aging population. 

SRT: LGBTQ+ and Aging SRT

Mission: To support Orange County LGBTQ older adults and their families by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, advocating for equality, and providing instrumental resources.

Position Summary: Members are expected to participate in once-monthly meetings to plan and implement projects and initiatives to support Orange County’s aging LGBTQ population and their allies. 

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