The Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. frequently provides opportunities for community members to volunteer within several community programs located within the ten-county district. The following offers a list of those programs with attached Volunteer Forms to complete and send in if you are interested in a volunteer opportunity at the agency.
Volunteer Ombudsmen Program:
The Ombudsmen Program recruits and trains volunteers who visit assigned nursing homes on a weekly basis. Volunteers provide a voice for nursing home residents and serve to lessen the isolation and loneliness experienced by many residents who have no one to speak on their behalf. Volunteers also help to educate residents about their rights, thus empowering them to become more vocal in resolving their own complaints and concerns.
A Matter of Balance Program:
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels of older adults who have this concern. The program utilizes a Volunteer Lay leader Model to train volunteers, called coaches, to conduct the class which consists of eight two-hour sessions for groups of 10 to 12 participants. The classes are led by volunteer coaches who complete an eight hour training. Coaches teach the class in pairs, so you may want to think about asking a partner to volunteer with you. If you are interested in leading small groups and working with older adults, click on the coach application below.
Matter of Balance Coach Application
Chronic Disease Self Management and Diabetes Self Management:
The Chronic Disease Self Management and Diabetes Self Management Programs, known as Healthy U, provide interactive classroom discussion to assist participants in increasing their confidence and ability to manage and maintain their chronic health conditions. The diabetes class focuses exclusively on type 2 diabetes, its symptoms and its treatments. The classes are conducted in 2.5 hour sessions weekly for 6 weeks. As with the A Matter of Balance Program, the Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self Management classes, are designed to be taught by trained volunteers in the community referred to as workshop leaders. Each class is conducted by two workshop leaders. The volunteer training for the classes extend over four days. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please fill out the application below.
Chronic Disease Workshop Leader Form
All applications for the various volunteer opportunities can be mailed or faxed back to the location on the application. The forms may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you need more information, simply call us at 1-800-582-7277.