Volunteers are vital to the success of the Council on Aging. We invite you to come and be a part of making a difference in the lives of Chatham County Seniors.
Meal Site Volunteers work in our Senior Center dining rooms and help serve more than 20,000 meals a year. Schedules vary, with some working one day a week and others working three to four days a week.
Meals on Wheels Drivers (MOW) use their own vehicle to deliver meals and provide a daily check to homebound seniors. Volunteers pick the meals up at a central location near the route and make the home deliveries. Most routes take about one hour. Driver routes and responsibilities can vary for more information contact Rhonda.Hampton@chathamcoa.org.
There is always more that can be done! Volunteers work as vital staff extenders, providing critical staff and administrative support. For example, volunteers recently assisted in developing painting and landscaping plans to improve the appearance of the Centers, filled in as receptionists during an employee absence, and completed a mailing to prospective advertisers.
We receive and make lots of calls! Volunteers can help us make and verify appointments.
Volunteers can update, collect, record and verify information to help us keep our data organized.
Mail-Out volunteers help us with stuffing envelopes, mailing our newsletters and donation requests.
Our Board of Directors volunteers provide oversight to the Governance and Administration of our agency, including all financial aspects. The Board is comprised of sixteen citizens of Chatham County, eleven being aged 60 or older and five being younger than 60 years of age. The Board meets monthly, reviews the financial condition of the agency, reviews Programs and Services, and participates in Strategic Planning and fund raising.)
Advisory Team - Volunteers work side-by-side with staff members to evaluate our Programs and Activities to maintain the NC Senior Center of Excellence designation. Advisory team volunteers are the eyes and ears of our community. The advisory committee, made up of volunteers from the community, helps the staff by advising on delivery of senior services, providing recommendations to the staff on programs, receiving input from senior citizens and older adults in the community, providing feedback on needs of the community, and acting as a liaison between center staff and the senior citizen community. This team meets every other month.
Do you have creative ideas to help us raise money? If so, we would love your input. Fund raising volunteers work side-by-side with staff members to help plan community fund raisers to create platforms for seasonal donations.
Minor Home Repair (MHR) volunteers help with small projects to help make the home environments safer for seniors. Projects include building ramps, hand rails, installing grab bars, etc.. Volunteers must work in pairs and go through a short training prior to being assigned a project.
Activity volunteers assists staff by providing or helping with daily activities with seniors, such as, games, classes, music, dancing, storytelling.
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"I think about how lucky I have been and think I should give back a little." --Dave Myers
Dave Myers has lived in and around the Triangle for over 35 years, and started as a Chatham County VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteer in 2008. According to Dave, he became interested in volunteering with the VITA program after he heard a friend talking about it. Dave says one of the thing he enjoys most about his VITA volunteering is meeting the people whose taxes he prepares. This year Dave decided volunteering just 4-6 months a year was not enough added joy in his life, so he recently started volunteering once a week with our Assistive Equipment Loan Program and our Minor Home Repair Program. When not preparing taxes, organizing equipment or installing grab bars, you will find Dave playing tennis and golf.
Sue Ferguson gave the Council on Aging 13 years of loving service.There will be a celebration of Sue's life August 20th, 2016 at 2pm at the Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Road, Chapel Hill.
May is Older Amercians Month, this year's theme is "Age Out Loud"
Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Awareness: May 14-June18: See proclamation here!
Now hiring for Senior Fitness Specialist to teach older adults daily exercise classes in Siler City. Application on home page and job description, click here.