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Volunteering: Giving time, touching hearts

The Brookline Council on Aging and the Brookline Senior Center are happy to enlist new volunteers who can share their talents and program ideas.

Opportunities we are spotlighting this month:

Opportunities we are spotlighting this month are: TRIPPS volunteers for research, alternate travel buddies and event organizing, back-up reception desk coverage, conversation and refreshments for the Memory Café – 1:30-4:30 on the 4th Wednesday of each month, scanning in hundreds of photos of BSC events for use in slide shows at upcoming events, reformatting the resource guide into one Word document and co-leader and driver for the Solemates walking program at Jamaica Pond on Friday mornings at 10.

If you would like to learn more aboutthese and other volunteer opportunities, pleasecall for an appointment with Patricia, the Volunteer Coordinator (617 730 2743).

Current volunteers report that their experience is rewarding and satisfying, and provides an opportunity for personal growth, a feeling of belonging to a great community and the pleasure of helping people by using their skills.Your contributions would enable us to expand the high level of service and activities that are provided for all elders in Brookline.

If you would like to actively pursue volunteer service, please make an appointment with Patricia, the Volunteer Coordinator for an opportunity to learn more about the Center and how you might best use your time and talent/skills (617 730 2743).

 

Annual Volunteer Survey & File Audit

Check your mail! We will be sending you two important mailings. The 1st will contain our annual volunteer survey and an updated comprehensive emergency procedure. The survey gives us valuable data for the BSC’s annual report so please fill it out and return it to Patricia. The 2nd will include any missing or very outdated forms from YOUR particular volunteer file. Both mailings will include a self-addressed envelope to either mail or drop off for Patricia, the Volunteer Coordinator. Any questions, please contact her at 617 730 2743 or pburns@brooklinema.gov

 

SPOTLIGHT February2016 Volunteer Opportunities

 

NEW PROGRAM; NEW OPPORTUNITY!!

TRIPPS (Transportation Resources, Information, Planning, and Partnership for Seniors)
A new program called TRIPPS (Transportation Resources, Information, Planning, and Partnership for Seniors) provides education and support to Brookline residents aged 60+ looking for alternatives to driving, due to age, ability, or individual choice. Volunteer “Transit Advisors” (TAs) will help elders decide which transportation options to use when they’re unable or choose not to drive. TAs will also offer personalized support as seniors learn to use these new ways of getting around. For example, TAs might accompany elders on their first few trips on the T, on The Ride, or with a car sharing service. The TRIPPS program is currently recruiting volunteers to provide administrative support, help plan information events and/or to be trained as TAs.Anyone interested in volunteering is invited to contact Volunteer Coordinator Patricia Burns at 617 730 2743.

Other Opportunities we are spotlighting this month are: back-up reception desk coverage, Tuesday Food Pantry –conversation and refreshments for the Memory Café – 1:30-4:30 on the 4th Wednesday of each month, scanning in hundreds of photos of BSC events for use in slide shows at upcoming events, reformatting the resource guide into one Word document and co-leader and driver for the Solemates walking program at Jamaica Pond on Friday mornings at 10.

If you would like to actively pursue volunteer service, please make an appointment with Patricia, the Volunteer Coordinator (617 730 2743) for an opportunity to learn more about the Center, these and other opportunities where you might best use your time and talent/skills. We are always eager to hear new ideas and keep a list of volunteers for special events.

 

Collaborative Volunteer Opportunities

 

SHINE

SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) is administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs in partnership with councils on aging and other aging service access points. SHINE helps people on Medicare and others understand complex insurance options. SHINE volunteer counselors educate and provide unbiased help to choose an insurance program best for the individual. SHINE trains counselors in a two days/week for six weeks course. Meetings to get support and meet with other counselors occur monthly. Once certified, you will be assigned to work six hours per week in a senior center or other public setting.

If interested in becoming a certified counselor, call Dorene Nemeth, MetroWest Regional SHINE Director: 781 455 7555, ext. 202

 

Mass Commission for the Blind

Help a visually impaired person by reading or shopping with them. No special skills needed. Call Kyle Robidoux, Director of Volunteer Support Services, Mass Commission for the Blind – 617 926 4312

 

Brookline Emergency Food Bank

The Brookline Emergency Food Bank needs donations of: instant coffee and tea, sugar, oil, flour, spices, pasta, canned tomatoes and sauce, canned soup, beans, vegetables, fruit (low salt and sugar) dry beans, health snacks for kids, granola bars, and fruit cups. They also need toiletries such as: shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer and sunscreen (not covered by SNAP).
Donations may be made at the Emergency Food Bank in St. Paul’s Church, 15 St. Paul St. 617 872 3060

– – Volunteer content written by Patricia Burns