Assist low-income elders with bill-paying, reconciling bank statements, bank errands, and managing their money. Time commitment: four to six hours per month at your convenience, renewable each year. Brief training required. Both bill-payers and representative payees are needed. We are also seeking volunteer monitors to review client records. Skills: Ability to balance a checkbook and reconcile bank statements, sensitivity to elders, reliability, willingness to do minimal paperwork, respect for confidentiality.
Enrich your life by visiting an isolated senior in her/his home once a week to provide companionship, share interests and hobbies, and enjoy learning about the past through the experiences of elders. Time commitment: about one hour per week, days/evenings/weekends. Skills: Ability to form a friendship, sensitivity to elders, reliability, active listening and respect for confidentiality. Fluency in other languages a plus, but is not required. Our Friendly Visiting program is a collaboration with FriendshipWorks, based in Boston
Volunteer coaches help older adults navigate technology basics, providing three succinct sessions per client to help with device set-up and instruction for email, Zoom, and other common applications.
Advice is limited to devices our volunteers can assist with, such as Kindle tablets, newer computers, and smart phones. The program won’t function as a Help Desk, but can help older adults get started and recommend other local resources that offer more in-depth classes or tutoring.
If needed, the program includes an initial visit to the older adult’s residence to drop off a device and/or materials, link to wifi, and install apps. Following-up sessions are over the phone. In-person visits are subject to a COVID-19 protocol (including pre-screening and PPE) and are limited to 15 minutes. Weekday availability is ideal, so that our staff can provide support.