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Volunteer

About Volunteering Services

As a vital part of Senior Services’ mission to help older adults remain independent, we maintain a vibrant and essential volunteer team of over 500 area residents. Because of the Volunteer Program, we are able to provide a very personal touch, enhancing the services available to Midland County seniors. Volunteer opportunities are also an opportunity for local adults who wish to stay active and contribute to the community.   Our volunteer program provides rewarding work in service to Midland County seniors. While working with this goal-oriented team, you will feel needed and valued, socialize and meet new people and develop skills and experience. Studies indicate that volunteers live longer, have lower rates of depression and recover faster from physical illness. 

How We Utilize Volunteers

Transportation Drivers
Volunteers drive Senior Services’ vehicles to provide transportation within Midland County for seniors who have medical appointments and other needs. Volunteers come to Senior Services’ main building to pick up a provided vehicle and a driving schedule. They drive to the client’s home, help them into the car and take them to their appointment or wherever they need to go. Shifts are about four hours long, either morning or afternoon.

If you’d like more information about becoming a Transportation Driver, call 633-3700 or fill out the Volunteer Contact Form and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

Meals On Wheels Drivers

Volunteers, driving their own vehicles, deliver meals to homebound seniors.  Routes are available in all areas of the county from most of our Senior Center locations.  Many volunteers work as a team on established routes which usually take no more than one to two hours per week.  Lunch is provided and mileage is reimbursed.

If you’d like more information about becoming a Meals on Wheels Driver, call 633-3700 or fill out the Volunteer Contact Form and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

Visitors and Shoppers

Case Managers request volunteer visitors or shoppers for seniors who may be isolated, homebound, or unable to drive.  Visits are tailored to the needs of the senior and the interest and availability of the volunteer. Usually one to two hours per week is anticipated, and mileage is reimbursed.

If you’d like more information about becoming a volunteer visitor or shopper, call 633-3700 or fill out the Volunteer Contact Form and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

Adult Day Volunteers

Volunteers provide social support to Adult Day participants so that they might maintain their social, mental and physical well-being.  Volunteers participate in activities, one-to-one interaction and assistance. Training includes a one-hour orientation with a Adult Day Activity Coordinator.

If you’d like more information about becoming a volunteer at one of our Adult Day programs, call 633-3700 or fill out the Volunteer Contact Form and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

Office Helpers

Volunteers assist with typing, filing, telephone calls and a variety of other administrative duties. Schedules are flexible.

If you’d like more information about becoming an office volunteer, call 633-3700 or fill out the Volunteer Contact Form and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

Benefit Advisors

MMAP (Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program)
Professionally trained volunteers work in the administrative offices to assist seniors with paperwork involving Medicare/Medicaid and related insurance. MMAP volunteers schedule their own time, and staff support is readily available.

SPAP (Senior Prescription Assistance Program)
Trained volunteers manage paperwork and telephone calls in the administrative offices to obtain prescribed medications for eligible seniors.  While in training, an experienced volunteer will assist, and staff support is available.

If you’d like more information about becoming a MMAP or SPAP volunteer, call 633-3700 or fill out the Volunteer Contact Form and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

Health & Education

The Health and Education department has two primary types of volunteers: Blood Pressure Clinic Volunteers who take blood pressure readings and Program Coaches who lead evidence-based classes following initial training.

Blood pressure clinic volunteers drive to one or more of our six Centers and take blood pressures and pulse for clients. Nursing or appropriate healthcare certification and experience is required. Time commitment would be 2-3 hours on 1 to 2 days per month.  Mileage is reimbursed.

Program Coaches:

Leaders for PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) Classes:
– Diabetes Self-Management Program
– Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Pairs of trained volunteer coaches co-lead 6 weekly sessions in which participants learn to deal with symptoms and other problems caused by diabetes or chronic pain. In preparation, coaches take a 4½ day local training. These evidence-based classes were developed by the Stanford School of Medicine.

Coaches for Matter of Balance Classes:

Pairs of trained volunteer coaches co-lead 8 bi-weekly 2-hour sessions in which participants learn to reduce their fear of falling and increase their activity levels. In preparation, coaches take a 2 day training right here in Midland. This evidence-based program, developed at Boston University, includes a set of gentle exercises that improve strength, flexibility, and balance.

If you would like more information about becoming a Blood Pressure Clinic Volunteer or Program Coach, call 633-3700 or fill out the Volunteer Contact Form and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

Handyman

Members of Team Handyman assist seniors in keeping their homes in a safe and secure condition by performing jobs and monthly services. Time commitment would be 1 to 2 days per month.  Mileage is reimbursed.

If you’d like more information about becoming a volunteer handyman, call 633-3700 or fill out the Volunteer Contact Form and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

Dining Center Helpers

Every Activity Center requires the assistance of volunteers for a variety of duties.  Center Directors will supervise the volunteer in specific areas of need.

If you’d like more information about becoming a dining center volunteer, call 633-3700 or fill out the Volunteer Contact Form and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

Entertainers

All five Activity Centers and Seasons Adult Day Services enjoy the talents of volunteers.  Whether singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, or sharing craft ideas, there is always a need for a caring individual or group.

If you’d like more information about becoming a volunteer entertainer, call 633-3700 or fill out the Volunteer Contact Form and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

Volunteer Your Own Skill

If you’d like more information about volunteering your own skill call 633-3700 or fill out the Volunteer Contact Form and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

Interested in Volunteering? Contact Us.

Here’s what some of the
over 500 Senior Services volunteers
have to say about THEIR experience:

“There are many wonderful opportunities for Midland County seniors through Senior Services and the opportunity to serve each other through volunteering might be the most significant. I find our volunteers among the happiest, most fulfilled people I encounter on a daily basis.”
~ volunteer

“Meals on Wheels is a good & much needed program. It’s a real pleasure. I enjoy the sweet people I deliver to.”

~ volunteer

“I enjoy working with seniors. They have knowledge. I love getting to know them. Each person has their own story. They know everything! Someday we are going to be in their spot and not be able to drive. We need to help them now. They have earned it,”
~ volunteer

“These people need the meals and we need to serve people, not ourselves.”
~ volunteer

“I enjoy it. I see old friends and make new ones. If the time comes when I can’t drive, I want someone to drive for me. And the clients are appreciative and glad that we do this.”
~ volunteer

“It keeps me active.”
~ volunteer

“It’s very rewarding. My mother attends Seasons and I’m very thankful for their services.”
~ volunteer

“For me, it is a great blessing to be there (Seasons) and serve people. The staff is fantastic. Everyone’s goal is to help the clients.”
~ volunteer

“You have to think beyond yourself. It seemed like I could help a lot of people through this organization and as I got involved I found that Senior Services DEFINITELY helps a lot of people.”
~ volunteer

“I started volunteering because I wanted to give back to the community. A friend of mine was volunteering as a Shopper for Senior Services, and it looked like the right opportunity for me.”
~ volunteer

“It only takes an hour or so each week and it means so much to them. Many of them have no family. The folks I shop for really appreciate the service.”
~ volunteer

“I started volunteering because I wanted to keep busy. I like the one-on-one interaction and visiting means so much to my client. She really appreciates the service and the time we spend together and I make a new friend!”
~ volunteer

Tina Podboy Laughner

Volunteer & Outreach Manager

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