If you're interested in volunteering your time or skills to help older adults in our community, there are a number of ways you can get involved.  

COA Volunteer Opportunities

Currently, volunteers are needed for the following:

  1. Help people with chronic health conditions learn how to take control of their health, their life and their health care costs.  The Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self Management Program is looking for leaders and host organizations for this proven program.  No experience or medical background necessary -- just a willingness to help people improve their quality of life.  Free training available.  Some leaders may be eligible for a stipend.  Click here for more information. 
  2. Volunteers are needed to help educate older adults about Medicare and to help prevent Medicare fraud.  Free training is provided through the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP).  Call 1-800-686-1578 for more information and to find out about local training opportunities.
  3. Speaker's Bureau Are you or your organization an expert on a particular topic related to aging?  Our speaker's bureau could use you. We frequently receive calls from area businesses, social service agencies, community groups and others looking for speakers on specific aging related topics.  Call (513) 345-3315 to find out how you can get involved.
  4. Be an Advocate in your community. There are many ways you can help older adults in your own community, including volunteering during Elderly Services levy campaigns; attending town hall meetings; sending messages to elected officials to keep them engaged in issues related to older adults; or writing a letter to the editor of your local paper.  If you are interested in helping in one of these ways, please contact COA's Government Relations Manager, Polly Doran, at (513) 345-8679. You may also contact her by e-mail. Be sure to include your first and last name, county of residence and a phone number where you can be reached.

Council on Aging does not have information about volunteer needs at area hospitals, senior centers or retirement communities.  For additional volunteer opportunities, please use the resources provided below. 

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Other Volunteer Opportunities

No matter what your age, profession or skill level, there are lots of ways you can get involved in the community and help older adults.  The organizations and programs listed below are often in need of volunteers. 

AARP AARP offers local volunteer opportunities. Please call or visit their web page for different volunteer opportunities (for example, AARP Tax-Aide, AARP Driver Safety Program or the AARP Grief and Loss Programs). Call 800-424-3410 for more information.

Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio Volunteers are needed for the Foster Grandparent Program, the Senior Companion Program and the Caregiver Assistance Network.  Visit their Web site or call 513-241-7745 for more information. 

Hospice of Cincinnati If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call the Hospice of Cincinnati Volunteer Office at 513-792-6989.

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly - offers different volunteer opportunities to help isolated seniors in the community form friendships.  Call 513-542-7555 for more information.

Long-term Care Ombudsman Program (Pro Seniors) Pro Seniors' Long-Term Care Ombudsman team trains volunteers on long-term care issues and the rights of persons who live in nursing homes. To learn more about volunteering, call (800) 488-6070, or (513) 458-5519.

Meals on Wheels Some Meals on Wheels providers use volunteers for meal delivery. If you are interested in becoming a Meals on Wheels volunteer, contact an organization that delivers meals.  Our Resource Directory includes a list of area meals providers. Click here for the list. 

Ohio Senior Medicare Project (Pro Seniors) Volunteers will educate older adults on how to detect fraud, abuse, and waste in the Federal Medicare and State Medicaid programs. Call (513) 458-5523 for more information.

SeniorCorps (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)) Provides volunteer opportunities to adults 55 and older by applying their life experience to meeting community needs. RSVP will match your knowledge with an organization in the community. Visit the Web site to find your local SeniorCorps/RSVP chapter. 

United Way of Greater Cincinnati Volunteer Connection United Way resource specialists can help match you with an organization that would benefit from your time and energy.  In Greater Cincinnati, just dial 2-1-1.  

You can find other volunteer opportunities in the Employment and Volunteering section of the Help4Seniors Resource Directory. 

Finally, a wonderful way to help older adults stay in their homes is simply to befriend an older neighbor who may need help with yardwork or chores.  These kinds of services are not provided by Council on Aging's in-home care programs and many seniors cannot afford to hire help. Perhaps there's also a caregiver in your neighborhood who would love an afternoon or evening off, while you step in to care for their aging loved one or bring over a meal.

Thank you for your interest in helping older adults!

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