We depend on our volunteers to help us achieve our mission. At the Council on Aging, we have many different ways to serve older adults and the community, so we welcome your time and energy in support of our efforts. Whether you can commit a few hours a month or a few hours a week, BACOA has opportunities for enthusiastic volunteers of all ages. Please give us a call today at (847) 381-5030 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Hours for volunteer opportunities are generally limited to our office hours, Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Our volunteer opportunities include:
“A Day Out” Adult Day Respite Program (Currently Recruiting)
This program, begun in 2014, provides a respite for caregivers who are providing loving care and support for someone who is struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, or physical frailty. Volunteers are trained to work with participants and help with activities and socialization. This relationship with those attending is incredibly rewarding.
The Senior Lunch and Activity Program
BACOA offers a hot noonday meal at the Barrington Park District on Monday. The program’s activities include bingo, music, games and presentations on health and nutrition. Volunteers serve lunch, prepare and clean up table and kitchen areas, and check in program participants.
Meals with Wheels
Volunteer drivers deliver a healthy, hot noon meal to persons who are unable to shop or prepare their own meals. The meals, prepared under the supervision of a registered dietitian, are delivered Monday through Friday.
Volunteers drive seniors to the grocery store, pharmacy or to personal care appointments.
Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) volunteer.
SHIP counselors are trained by the Illinois Division of Insurance to organize and assist in filing Medicare and Medicare Supplement claims and analyze Medicare supplement and long-term-care policies. Counselors also educate consumers and answer questions about Medicare and other health insurance issues. Volunteers must be 55 years & older.
Seniors can often use a helping hand with home maintenance work such as yard work, removing snow or minor home repairs. Volunteers can provide help on an occasional basis or commit to a regular visit.
Volunteers can work at BACOA’s office, assisting with answering phones, computer work and special mailings.
The Friendly Visitor Program
This program matches seniors with a volunteer who visits on a weekly basis. The visit may include help writing letters, shopping, running errands, or simply a cordial visit and conversation.
Since volunteers may be working with vulnerable and frail seniors, all positions require:
- A completed volunteer application
- Three letters of reference
- An interview with the volunteer and program coordinators
- Criminal background and drivers license checks and proof of auto insurance (for volunteer drivers).