Meet Marianne McClure, our volunteer manager. She manages the fantastic volunteers who give their time to support much-needed services for seniors in our community. Without volunteers, we couldn’t begin to meet the needs of our senior neighbors.
Marianne is passionate that our aging population, especially those living alone, deserve a support system that helps them manage the challenges of daily life, from meals to social activities. She believes that everyone benefits from Council on Aging volunteers.
What do you like most about working at the Council on Aging?
I like having a conversation with volunteers and learning about what they want their volunteer opportunity to look like and trying to find a role for them
What is the most rewarding aspect of working with volunteers?
Getting to know them and having them as part of the team while working toward a common goal.
During your time at the Council on Aging, are there any moments that stand out?
There have been many rewarding moments. I started this position during the pandemic. I’ve been impressed with how the volunteers have been committed to our organization’s work during such an uncertain time.
What should people know about our volunteer opportunities?
Most people come to the agency knowing about the Meals on Wheels volunteer opportunity. Although most of our volunteers are Meals on Wheels drivers, we have meal site volunteers, in-person dining volunteers, Medicare counselors, Caring Connections callers, and admin volunteers, just to name a few.
What do you think people don’t but should know about who we serve in Central Oregon?
One of the main ways we serve seniors in our community is by feeding them. Still, a lot of seniors also need connections. Our volunteers connect with older adults by delivering food, distributing food at one of our Grab-N-Go sites, or calling a senior weekly to have a friendly chat.
What is the biggest challenge in recruiting volunteers?
We’ve added new programs and increased services on existing programs, so the need for volunteers is greater than ever.
What is the most popular volunteer activity?
The most popular volunteer activity is Meals on Wheels, but Caring Connections is becoming a close second.
What’s the most important service the Council on Aging offers?
The most important service we provide is letting seniors in our community know that we care and that we’re willing to help them with their needs. If our organization can’t help, we try to refer them to a place that can.
What service does the Council on Aging offer that most people might not know about?
Caring Connections, our calling program, is one of our newer programs, and I don’t think most people know about it.
What are your favorite activities outside of work?
I enjoy hiking and traveling.
What don’t most people know about you?
I’m a retired opera singer.