How to Help

Whether you like to work on special causes or prefer to help people one-on-one, you can make a difference in the lives of older adults and people with disabilities. There are many ways to get involved.

  • Council on Aging (COA) is seeking new members for its Advisory Council. The Advisory Council gives voice to older consumers of services, people with disabilities and others involved in the field of aging.
  • Your donation makes it possible for seniors of modest means to remain independent in their homes with services such as Meals on Wheels and transportation to the doctor.
  • COA advocates for policies and programs that will help us achieve our mission to help individuals remain independent in their own homes. We could use your help.
  • If you enjoy working with people and have a desire to help them remain independent in their own homes, then a career with COA or as a Home Health Aide may be what you're looking for.
  • Have experience managing a chronic health condition? Want to help older adults avoid life-threatening falls? Receive training to lead one of our evidence-based health and wellness programs. No experience or medical background necessary - just a willingness to help people improve their quality of life.
  • Are you or your organization an expert on a particular topic related to aging? Our speakers 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.

Council on Aging does not have information about volunteer needs at area hospitals, senior centers or retirement communities. For additional volunteer opportunities, please see our 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. Or, perhaps there's a caregiver in your neighborhood who could use an afternoon or evening off, while you step in to care for their aging loved one or bring over a meal.