Looking for a meaningful way to help others? Join our dynamic team of volunteers, have fun and meet new people. To learn more about volunteer opportunities review the descriptions below. We hope you consider helping us with your time and talents.

What is an administrative/Office support volunteer? The Office/ Admin volunteer will work with staff to support administrative tasks vital to our organization.

What will I be doing when I volunteer? As an office & admin support volunteer you may be doing a number of different task, including the following: assists with data entry, prep materials for Nutrition Education classes, coordinate and deliver donation items to meal sites and clients in need, delivery of Area 97 magazines and Directions, or assisting with client, volunteer and donor mailings. This work does not require a specific day or time so you can work out a schedule with the project supervisor that works for you.

What is the advisory council? The Advisory Council is made up of representatives from Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties. Representatives are primarily 60 years of age or older, but age is not a specific requirement for the role. Advisory Council members may serve up to two 3-year terms.

What will I be doing when I volunteer? Council members facilitate the exchange of information among staff, Board of Directors, community groups, and our clients. They help the Council on Aging to assess the needs of older adults and the disabled in their communities, actively participate with Public Relations functions, and stay current on current legislative activities regarding the agency’s programs. The Advisory Council meets every two months on the 2nd Friday from 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

What is the board of directors? The Board of Directors provides governance to the Executive Director and the agency. The Board role is to set direction, policies and budgets; participate in the development of a strategic plan; establish annual goals and objectives; provide fiscal oversight; and is responsible to hire and evaluate the Executive Director. Board seats are for 3-year terms. You can agree to volunteer for up to two 3-year terms.

What will I be doing when I volunteer? The Board of Directors meets monthly on the 1st Monday of the month from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Directors have detailed knowledge of and commitment to the goals, activities, and programs offered by the Council on Aging and formulate philosophy and policies for the direction of its management. The Board approves annual operating and capital budgets and revisions as necessary. Directors are asked to make an annual financial contribution and to support fund-raising initiatives. Directors are actively involved in the recruitment of new Board members. The Board annually reviews the performance and salary of the Executive Director.

What is community dining? The Council on Aging funds free lunch programs at various Senior Centers/Churches around Central Oregon. These meals help older adults meet basic nutritional needs with a balanced meal and an opportunity to socialize with others in the community.

What will I be doing when I volunteer? The community dining volunteer job can include helping with dining room set up, assisting the cook in the kitchen with meal prep, serving food to older adult clients and family members, refilling coffee or other beverages, and supporting with dining room clean-up after the meal period is ended. As a volunteer, you will also contribute to a friendly and fun environment by maintaining a positive attitude with your team and providing excellent service for participants.

What is a marketing or event support volunteer? The Marketing/Event volunteer will work with the marketing team to execute marketing initiatives including promotional materials, tracking sales data, supporting outreach events and our digital marketing efforts.

What will I be doing when I volunteer? Any of the following: Assist the marketing team with online content strategy to maximize brand voice, actively participate in social media marketing including curation of content, and providing assistance with campaigns, assist the Outreach Manager at public events, photography and/or photo editing, videography and/or video editing.

What is Meals on Wheels? Meals on Wheels is a nationwide network of community-based, non-profit programs dedicated to providing older adults who 60 years old or older and either home-bound or have difficulty shopping/cooking a nutritious meal, a friendly visit and a quick safety check.

What will I be doing when I volunteer? The volunteer job is delivering meals and friendly greetings to home-bound older adults. Most typically, this involves picking up meals at a central location and delivering them along a predetermined route directly to the homes of several older adults in the area. Most deliveries are done between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Once you are done, you return the delivery packaging items, report to the site coordinator and get back on your way.

What is Medicare Counseling? The Council on Aging provides free, unbiased Medicare counseling to Medicare-eligible older adults. The Council on Aging is the sponsoring agency in Central Oregon for the Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program also known as SHIBA. SHIBA is a program of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. The purpose of the SHIBA program is to protect the insurance buying public through one-on-one counseling, consumer education and referral services.

What does a Medicare counsel do as a volunteer? A Medicare counselor has completed a screening process, volunteer training, and a required internship with seasoned counselors under the supervision of the SHIBA Coordinator at the Council on Aging. Prospective counselors are caring, have good interpersonal, oral, and written skills, have computer proficiency, are organized, have reliable transportation and no conflict of interest.

What will I be doing when I volunteer? Once certified, Medicare counselors agree to a minimum of service hours per week to provide confidential and objective health insurance counseling to people with Medicare in person and by phone according to SHIBA guidelines. Counselors primarily assist beneficiaries in the area in which they live. Medicare counselors assess clients’ resources and needs related to health care and health insurance, refer clients to appropriate resources as needed, and enter reporting for each contact into a statewide database.