ABOUT OUR VOLUNTEERS:
Many of the programs at North Shore Elder Services rely on volunteers. More than 200 individuals from throughout the community, with extraordinary commitment and selflessness, help us achieve our vision. Without their help we would have a difficult time serving our elders!Apply Here
WAYS TO VOLUNTEER:
Companion volunteers…bring with them their wisdom, humor, and compassion when visiting someone at home.
Money Management volunteers…patiently sit with someone once a month to make sure a checkbook balances and the money will stretch.
Long Term Care Ombudsmen volunteers… provide a listening ear and a welcome voice to the residents/patients in nursing and rest homes.
Office volunteers… lend their support professionally in invaluable ways, sharing both work and life skills at our busy office.
Special Projects volunteers… devote time and talents to ensure that intensive short-term projects are completed accurately and on time.
- Most of our volunteer opportunities are ongoing, working best for people who can volunteer weekly or once a month throughout the year.
- Weekdays in the daytime are most often the best time slots. Occasionally volunteers can make their visits on weekends, depending on the program.
- Special projects and one-time events have schedules specific to the opportunity.
- Application and references forms need to be completed and returned to the Volunteer Coordinator.
- After references have been checked, prospective volunteers are required to visit our Danvers office a few times on weekday time for an interview, training, and a CORI check.
- Training specifics vary by program.
- All of our volunteer opportunities cover needs in the five North Shore towns we serve: Danvers, Marblehead, Middleton, Peabody, and Salem.
- There are additional Money Manager volunteer opportunities in the city of Lynn.
- Our Long Term Care Ombudsman program is present in nursing and rest homes in these communities: Chelsea, Danvers, Everett, Malden, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Peabody, Reading, Revere, Salem, Stoneham, and Wakefield.
CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPENINGS:
- Imagine yourself older and frail, living on your own, and no longer able to make the trip to the market for your essential groceries. Then contrast this with how easily you navigate the local grocery market, often several times a week. Please consider helping someone else who really can no longer manage this vital task.
- Grocery shopping takes on new meaning when you are picking up 3 or 4 small bags of important items for a very frail elder and delivering them right to the kitchen table. If you can help put away the groceries and sit for a little bit, then you’ve made an even bigger difference.
- You need to be reliable, have a cheerful attitude, have your own transportation, and have daytime availability. This volunteer job is best suited to weekday time slots. In the beginning, you will need to come to our Danvers office a few times on weekday time for interview/training/CORI.
- Looking for caring volunteers to sit and visit one-on-one with someone older and homebound and living on the North Shore. Especially if you enjoy slowing down and listening to all an older person has to offer, this is a wonderful way to volunteer just a little of your time.
- Friendly Visitor volunteers make meaningful connections across generations. This is done in a variety of ways: sitting and chatting, reading newspapers and books aloud, playing cards, listening to music together, talking about sports or politics, putting together scrapbooks.
- Visiting schedules can be flexible if needed however a routine, weekly schedule works best. Weekdays are preferable to weekends.
- Advocates for residents’ rights.
- Qualified volunteer applicant receives a three-day training and conditional certification.
- A volunteer visits residents of an assigned nursing home or rest home weekly to receive, investigate, and resolve complaints.
- As a trained bill payer, a Money Management volunteer assists an elderly individual by developing a simple budget, sorting mail, writing checks, and balancing a checkbook. The elder makes all the decisions and retains check-signing authority.
- This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone, even a very busy person, to help an elderly community member in a very important way. A short training and year-round professional support is provided. A few hours a month is all it takes; the exact day and time can be flexible.
- Right now we have a great need for Money Management volunteers to help elders in Salem, Peabody, and Lynn. If this sounds good to you, please give us a call or send along an email.