How You Can Help
Your time–and your skills–can make a big difference in the lives of seniors living in southern Maine.
Whether you are interested in volunteering once or on an ongoing basis, we can use your help.
Our needs vary greatly. We are always looking for volunteers to:
- Help seniors with bill paying and everyday bookkeeping.
- Become trained to help others with Medicare and other health insurance options.
- Facilitate classes on health and wellness.
- Deliver Meals on Wheels.
- Special events like Maine Senior Games.
- Help lead activities at Truslow Adult Day Health Center in Saco.
- Helping residents of assisted living or other communities for older adults.
Take a look at some of the volunteer opportunities available - chances are there's something right for you.
Why volunteer? Numerous studies have consistently shown a significant relatinship between volunteering and good health; when you volunteer you not only help others, research shows you will experience better health in later years, whether in terms of greater longevity, higher functional ability or lower rates of depression.
Here are some of the things you can do to lend a hand:
Help Seniors with Everyday Finances
Volunteers of the Money Minders Program serve as bill-paying assistants to seniors who need assistance writing their checks, paying their bills and balancing their checkbooks.
Help Seniors Improve their Balance
Volunteers are trained to present an eight-session workshop program to help seniors with their concerns about falling.
Help Seniors Cope with Chronic Illness
Volunteers who themselves have a chronic health condition are trained to present a six-session program entitled, "Living Well for Better Health." This well-researched program helps seniors learn ways to cope and live productively with the challenges of ill health.
Support Residents of Larrabee Village in Westbrook
Volunteers help with events and activities, provide friendly visiting, and grocery shopping assistance to the 150 residents of Larrabee Village's assisted living program.
Help with Activities and Events at Truslow Adult Day Center in Saco
Volunteers help with activities such as arts and crafts, pet therapy, games, storytelling, music and gardening.
Become a Medicare and Health Insurance Advocate
Volunteers interested in helping people sort out their Medicare benefits are trained and certified to provide education and counsel on a range of health insurance topics, including health insurance fraud and the Medicare (D) Prescription Drug benefit.
Provide Information & Advocacy
Volunteers assist with benefit screening events that help seniors learn about potential benefits, programs and services that can help them.
Put Your Management or Technical Expertise to Work
Opportunities are available for Volunteers of the RSVP Program to provide management and/or technical experience to non-profits serving the community.
Find the Perfect Volunteer Opportunity for You
Our Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) helps match volunteers age 55 and older with volunteer opportunities with Southern Maine Agency on Aging as well as with other nonprofit organizations.