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Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors

During their later years in life, many find that they now have the freedom to devote time to volunteer pursuits that will ultimately benefit the community, their neighbors and themselves. A few hours each week could make a difference in someone’s life. The opportunities abound.

Broad-based Volunteer Initiatives

Senior Corps
Senior Corps is America’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over. Senior Corps has three programs; Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents and RSVP. Listings offer a full range of volunteer opportunities with thousands of local and national organizations. Through these programs, individuals can find the opportunity that’s right for them.

Pre-service orientation and on-site training are provided to all Senior Corps volunteers. The average volunteer commitment is 20 hours per week, yet hours are flexible at each site. For more information, call 800.942.2677 or email nj@cnc.gov

Volunteer Match
Volunteer Match assists individuals in finding service opportunities in their communities. Visitors to the website can search volunteer opportunities by location and interests. In response, they quickly receive a personalized list of local up-to-date volunteer possibilities. Additionally, an individual's expression of interest in a particular opportunity is sent directly to the listing organization. The listing organization will then contact you to provide more detail about each of the positions. Explore this further.

Volunteer New Jersey
Volunteer New Jersey is a partnership between the Association of New Jersey Volunteer Centers and the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism. While this is not an age-restricted program, you are sure to learn about local volunteer opportunities that match your location and interests. To learn more, contact a local volunteer center.

Volunteer Opportunities with a Focus

The Foster Grandparent Program, through the Senior Corps program connects volunteers with children and young people with exceptional needs. As a Foster Grandparent, you’re a role model, a mentor, and a friend. Volunteers help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring, and guide children at a critical time in their lives. Call 1.800.942.2677 (TTY: 800.833.3722) or go to their website to learn more.

The Senior Companion Program, also affiliated with Senior Corps, brings together volunteers, age 60 and over, with adults in their community who have difficulty with the simple tasks of day-to-day living. Volunteers help people stay in their own home and maintain their independence. Whether you’re giving families or professional caregivers much-needed time off, running errands, or simply being a friend, you’ll make a difference that strengthens and helps preserve an individual’s independence. Call 1.800.942.2677 (TTY: 800.833.3722) or go to their website to learn more.

The Volunteer Advocate Program Strives to Safeguard Elderly Citizens
The New Jersey Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) Volunteer Advocate Program provides citizens with an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people living in nursing homes in New Jersey.

The primary function of the LTCO is to advocate for people living in long-term care facilities by investigating and resolving complaints made by them or by others on their behalf. After a 32-hour training program, volunteer advocates are assigned to a long-term care facility where they make a commitment to spend at least four hours a week. While there, volunteer advocates are trained to observe the quality of services provided by the nursing home staff.

To learn more, call 609.826.5053 or email volunteer@ltco.nj.govLearn more.

Help Educate Seniors about Health Care Options by Becoming a SHIP Volunteer
SHIP – the State Health Insurance Assistance Program – is recruiting volunteers to help seniors make informed choices about their health coverage. With the help of volunteers, SHIP provides free, objective and confidential assistance to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about, Medicare, Medigap, Medicare Advantage Plus and Long-Term Care Insurance. If you would like to become a SHIP volunteer, please call 609.438.4795. Learn more.

Become a Medicare Fraud Prevention Volunteer
Help fight Medicare waste, fraud and abuse by joining the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) of New Jersey's volunteer program. All SMP of New Jersey volunteers receive training and ongoing support. To join the growing team of dedicated SMP volunteers call 1.732.777.1940, ext. 1117. Learn more.

Research Sources Included

http://www.seniorcorps.gov/Default.asp
http://www.volunteermatch.org/ 
https://www.nj.gov/ooie/volunteer.shtml
https://www.nj.gov/state/volunteer-in-nj.shtml