The staff of Chatham County Aging Services could not fulfill our mission without the daily contribution of our volunteers. Whether it is with Meals on Wheels once a month, or daily involvement in center activities, our volunteers are critical to the success of every program and service we provide.
Did you know that in the 22-23 fiscal year, a total of 235 Aging Services volunteers contributed over 13,963 hours of service to the older adults of Chatham County? This ranged from involvement as a driver in our Meals on Wheels program, a Minor Home Repair volunteer, a counselor in the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) preparer and much more!
With the generosity of their time and talents, they enabled our department to better the lives of Chatham seniors and their families.
If you are ready to make a difference, we need volunteers for a variety of tasks, including:
Activities and Wellness Volunteers
Many of the activities at both centers are supported by volunteers. Dance and art classes, crafts, holiday celebrations and musical entertainment are a few of the many activities they lead or support. If you like sharing a talent or just like working with others, this is the spot for you.
Advisory Committee Volunteers
Our senior centers in Pittsboro and Siler City have advisory committees made up of volunteers from the community. The advisory committee acts as a liaison between center staff and seniors by advising staff in each location.
SHIIP and VITA Program Volunteers
Through the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), volunteers counsel seniors about Medicare issues and choices. Volunteers with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) provide free tax preparation to seniors and low-income taxpayers. Some training is needed for each of these programs. If you enjoy talking about insurance or taxes, you will find yourself in like company as as SHIIP or VITA volunteer.
Friendly Caller Program
Friendly Callers provide companionship and friendship through phone calls. They help monitor clients' well-being and aid in keep Aging Services updated about their status. Making someone's day can be a phone call away.
Meal Site Volunteer
Volunteers work in our senior center dining rooms and help serve noontime meals in Pittsboro and Siler City. Schedules are flexible with people volunteering as they are able. These volunteers may also participate in the activities and wellness programs that are offered in the middle of the day at the centers.
Meals on Wheels (MOW Drivers)
In the 2022-23 fiscal year, volunteers drove our county-wide Meals on Wheels routes to take over 21,000 meals to home-bound seniors. We currently have routes in Bennett, Bear Creek, Goldston, Pittsboro and Siler City. In addition to a hot meal, Meals on Wheels volunteers may provide some clients with the only daily human interaction they have. They, like our Friendly Callers, also help keep Aging Services updated on the well-being of our clients. Volunteers pick the meals up at a central location near their route and make the home deliveries. On average, routes last anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes.
Minor Home Repair (MHR)
Installing railings, grab bars and fixing faucets, Minor Home Repair volunteers work on small projects to help make home environments safer for seniors. Volunteers work in pairs and go through a short training prior to being assigned a project.
Staff Support Volunteers
There is always something that needs to be done at our centers! Volunteers work as vital staff extenders, providing general and administrative support, such as clerical work, answering phones, landscaping and general maintenance. They also lend a hand with special events, such as our Healthy Heart & Body Expo and Chatham County Senior Games & SilverArts.
Volunteers will be trained to help seniors become more aware of available community resources and to inform Aging Services and its partners of the needs and interests of seniors. Ambassadors will help spread the word about our services by attending outreach events and using their current network. Ambassadors will also be asked to bring ideas and feedback from the community back to Aging Services.
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Pittsboro Center for Active Living
365 Highway 87 North
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Siler City Center for Active Living
112 Village Lake Road
Siler City, NC 27344