~~Note to Prospective Volunteers~~
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Chatham County Council on Aging and your support of our vital work. We appreciate the people in our community who are eager and willing to partner with us to make a positive difference. In this urgent situation, which is taxing us all, the outpouring of community support has been uplifting. It is heartening to see our community come together to help one another.
We are deeply moved by the response to our call for volunteers to help us provide nourishment and hope to those we serve. Presently, all the available spots for delivering Frozen and Shelf-Stable meals and making Friendly Phone Calls have been filled.
If you are looking for additional ways to support the Council at this time, we hope you will consider a monetary or in-kind donation to help ensure that we can continue to safely provide nourishing frozen and shelf-stable meals, as well as other supplies to help keep our homebound seniors enriched and engaged during this time of social distancing.
To that end, our current needs include monetary donations to support our supply of frozen and shelf-stable meals and in-kind donations of the following items: hand sanitizer, hand sanitizer wipes, Clorox disinfecting wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, crossword puzzle books, pencils, colored pencils, etc. (For safety reasons, we ask that any in-kind donations are new and in their original packaging.)
Monetary donations can be made online at https://chathamcouncilonaging.org/donate/
To make arrangements for drop-off or shipment of in-kind donations, please call the Council in advance at 919-542-4512 in Pittsboro or 919-742-3975 in Siler City.
Once again, we thank you for your support and for thinking of Chatham County’s seniors and their families, especially during this challenging time. We will post updates to our website and social media as our situation and volunteer needs change. Again, your willingness to serve Chatham’s seniors is much appreciated!
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 home-bound 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 Allison Andrews at 919-542-4512.
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.
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.
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.
Friendly Callers provide companionship and friendship through phone calls. They help monitor clients' well-being and aid in keeping the Council updated about their status. Making someone's day can be a phone call away.
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.
We hope you know how very much we appreciate your volunteerism—we couldn’t begin to do all we do without you and your fellow Council on Aging volunteers.
But some have asked—why do I have to report the number of hours I volunteer? Is this just a bureaucratic exercise? What do you do with the numbers?
To some extent, it is a bureaucratic exercise. Both public and private grants we pursue and receive often require us to report not only our number of active volunteers but also their total hours of service. These funding sources want to know about all of our resources, and volunteers are at the top of our list.
When we can provide good data on our volunteers and their hours, we have a better chance of securing a grant award. Volunteerism is an important component of how we measure and can show our effectiveness, by program and overall.
The total number of volunteers and their hours also says something about how our larger community should see the importance of the Council on Aging’s work. It may spur others to want to volunteer with us.
So—it is very important to document your volunteer hours and we thank you for doing so.
"The foundation of a humane and just society is the people's willingness to work together for the common good. Because the resources of government are limited, volunteers play a critical role in ensuring that the pressing needs of citizens are addressed."--James B. Hunt Jr.