Ways to Get Involved
Looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Join forces with hundreds of other people in southwest Michigan who give of their time, talent and energy to improve the lives of seniors and younger persons with disabilities. Whether you have just a few hours a month or 20 hours a week, you can make a significant difference in our community by volunteering through the Area Agency on Aging. Check out the volunteer opportunities listed below or call (800) 654-2810 to find out how you can get involved.
SeniorNet is an all-volunteer computer learning center for people age 50 and older. Our volunteers come from the private and public sectors. They are business people, teachers, and homemakers. They come to share their expertise, to make a contribution to the community, to meet new people and be part of the team, or to learn new skills. The reasons for volunteering are as varied as the people who volunteer. What is certain is that each volunteer will make a positive contribution to the success of our SeniorNet Learning Center.
Americans are living longer than ever before. More older adults will need long-term care, but prefer to live at home rather than in a nursing home or hospital. Senior Companions are volunteers who spend 15 to 20 hours each week giving one-on-one attention to adults having difficulty with daily living tasks.
Senior Companions provide the assistance many older adults and people with disabilities may need in order to live independently. A Senior Companion may go along to help with grocery shopping or for a walk. They may spend time helping to write a letter, prepare a meal or pay a bill. Senior Companions make the lives of those they serve less lonely by offering simple friendship and a helping hand.
Volunteer class leaders play a critical role in helping Region IV Area Agency on Aging fulfill its mission of Offering Choices for Independent Lives. High caliber training is provided to allow volunteers to have meaningful impact in the lives of those they teach. The volunteer training session is a one-time commitment, with the request that, once trained, volunteers will facilitate at least one six-week workshop a year. Volunteer leaders courses are offered in:
MMAP (Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program) is a free, unbiased, volunteer-staffed service which assists people who have problems or questions about Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicare Part D enrollment, Long-Term Care Insurance and related issues.
MMAP is seeking volunteers who enjoy meeting and working with other people, who love a challenge, are familiar with computers and the internet, and are interested in helping other people in their area.
Some children have special needs that only special people can meet. Foster Grandparents draw on the wisdom and devotion they have gained through their many years of life and in turn serve as mentors and tutors, restoring and reinforcing a sense of community and the value of an extended family in the children.
In helping children who are developmentally disabled, visually or hearing impaired, emotionally or physically abused, physically or learning impaired, Foster Grandparents earn the love of the children and also enjoy companionship of other volunteers.