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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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“Grassi is my name and weeds are my game” – Robert Grassi
Robert Grassi moved to Pittsboro in 2010 and started volunteering with COA in 2016. After a life time of landscaping, including 16 years working for David Rockefeller of “the Rockefellers” in NY, Robert decide to lend a hand with the landscape at our Eastern Chatham Senior Center. When asked why he was volunteering he said, “I wanted to work with my hands and to help.” Robert also volunteers with our volunteers who help harvest crops at the Central Caroline Community College. When you pull up to our ECSC and notice the neatly trimmed hedges, the clean yard and the weeds are non-existent, you can say “Thank you Robert.”