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.
Help seniors with pet issues such as medical needs, food assistance, pet concerns, and proper procedures to insure pet safety as well as uniting seniors with senior pets. Visit seniors with pets that are certified in Canine Good Citizenship. Skills: Love of animals, sensitivity to elders, reliability, good communication abilities. Animal care experience a plus. Brief training required.
Aging and Spiritual Well-Being
“Aging and Spiritual Well-being” is an interfaith/non-denominational program which gives volunteers an opportunity to learn, serve, and grow. The program enhances the health and overall welfare of older adults struggling with depression, loss, grief, illness, or spiritual concerns of normal aging. Spiritual Caregiver volunteers receive fifty hours of spiritually-based caregiving training and are then matched with an older adult. Duties: Visit client once per week for about an hour. Meet for peer mentoring & continuing education twice per month. Requirements: Be spiritually mature in their own faith tradition. Agree to make a two-year commitment. Receive fifty hours of spiritually based caregiving training. Provide references, and will be CORI-checked. For more information or to volunteer, please call 617-628-2601 and ask for the Aging and Spiritual Well-Being program. Contact information for all other programs is below.