Volunteering: A Work of Heart
The Brookline Council on Aging and the Brookline Senior Center are always happy to enlist new volunteers who can share their talents and program ideas.
Current volunteers report that their experience is rewarding and satisfying, and provides an opportunity for personal growth and a feeling of belonging to a great community that is improving daily because of their contributions. 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 volunteer coordinator Patricia Burns for an opportunity to learn more about the Center and how you might best use your time and talent/skills 617. 730. 2743
Quote from the director, Ruthann Dobek: “One of our strengths is recruiting volunteers. We have >275 volunteers of all ages, many of whom have worked with us for ten years or more. These volunteers donate the equivalent number of hours of 20 full-time people.”
SPOTLIGHT November 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 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 all about administrative assistance: help with the mailings for the Senior Center and the Town of Brookline and with filing and organizing. Many other volunteer opportunities include: helping one morning per month with the Food Commodity program (3rd Wednesday of each month); helping with special events; scanning photos into our photo library and soon, being a transportation ‘buddy’ for seniors.
Brookline Senior Center’s Alzheimer’s Walk Team:
This year our team of volunteers and staff raised more than $1,000
Collaborative Volunteer Opportunities:
(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 Brookline’s Emergency Food Bank in St. Paul’s Church, 15 St. Paul St 617. 872. 3060
– – by Patricia Burns