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​Volunteer 

​The Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging provides the following meaningful volunteer opportunities for people of all ages to serve others and their community:

APPRISE State Health Insurance Program
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program for all Medicare beneficiaries and Pennsylvanians age 60 and over.  Volunteers undergo free training in Medicare and health insurance in order to aid and counsel elderly individuals.  They assist and provide information on the easily confusing Medicare System.
  • Hours/Days:  Varies
  • Amount of time required:  Varies
  • Location:  Varies
  • Requirements/Special Skills:  Undergo free training through the
    Pennsylvania Department of Aging in Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Supplements, Appeals, Fraud and Abuse, Long term Care Insurance and prescription drug coverage. 
  • Current Need:  Volunteers always needed

Home Delivered Meals
Volunteers deliver weekly meals to homebound individuals in a certain area.  Meals are delivered to a central location in the community where the volunteer will pick up the meals and then deliver them to Agency clients on a pre-determined route. 
  • Hours/Days:  At least one weekday a week, every week.
  • Amount of time required:  A minimum of 45 minute
  • Location:  Your community
  • Requirement/Special Skills:  Community oriented and the ability to deliver meals to the homes of the elderly
  • Current Need:  Volunteers always needed
 
Senior Center Programs
Volunteers aid with center programs, help facilitate meals and activities, and interact with individuals at the centers.  Volunteers help at one of the 14 senior centers in Dauphin County.
  • Hours/Days:  Varies
  • Amount of time required:  Varies
  • Location:  Local senior center
  • Requirement/Special Skills:  Desire to aid and interact with senior citizens
  • Current Need:  Volunteers always needed

Transportation Services
Volunteers act as drivers or dispatchers for one of ten Dauphin County transportation groups that bring no-cost transportation to the seniors of their community.  Dispatchers coordinate rides and keep records/information on where individuals need to go.  Drivers drive 7-12 passenger vans taking seniors to various locations. 
  • Hours/Days:  Typically 4-6 hours one day a week
  • Amount of time required:  Varies
  • Location:  Varies
  • Requirement/Special Skills: 
     Able to drive 7-12 passenger van
     Have a good driving record
     Know your community
  • Current Need:  Volunteers always needed

Ombudsman
Volunteers are community neighbors who are specially trained to find answers and resolve problems people experience in the long-term care system.  They provide information and support to individuals under long-term care and also act as an advocate working to have the highest level of care delivered to the individual. 
  • Hours/Days:  Varies
  • Amount of time required:  Varies
  • Location:  Varies
  • Requirement/Special Skills:  Must go through Ombudsman training
  • Current Need:  Volunteers always needed
 
Friendly Visitor
Volunteers make regular visits to elderly individuals who are lonely and isolated.  They develop companionship with the individual, playing games, talking and interacting with them on a regular basis.  They bring interest, information and activities to the older person. 
  • Hours/Days:  Varies
  • Amount of time required:  Varies
  • Location:  Varies
  • Requirement/Special Skills:  Patience and a desire to interact with and bring friendship to lonely persons
  • Current Need:  Volunteers always needed
These areas of interest as well as others provide rewarding, meaningful hours for Tri-County residents, senior citizens and users of Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging services.
 
For more information please contact the Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging at (717) 780-6130 or Toll Free 1-800-328-0058, Extension 6130.

For more information call the Volunteer Coordinator at (717) 780-6130 or Toll Free 1-800-328-0058, Extension 6130
or
Click here to fill out an online Volunteer Form.

 

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