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Without volunteers, the Auburn Senior Center could not continue to operate at the current level. The Center depends upon volunteers to run the office and many of our programs. The Council of Aging, through the Lorraine Gleick Nordgren Senior Center, promotes a number of Volunteer opportunities both at the Center and throughout the Town. Between 100 and 200 volunteers with diverse skills, talents, and abilities share their energy and time with their neighbors and friends.
Volunteering requires a firm time commitment. Every volunteer should be willing to dedicate their efforts for at least 25 hours per year. Volunteers are individuals of high moral character who are able to address solutions for the empowerment and betterment of the Seniors of Auburn.
In the event that you are unable to fulfill your volunteer commitment (for any reason), please give as much notice as possible to the Senior Center. You may do so by calling the Center at 508-832-7799. Please do this as early as possible so that a substitute can be found to fill your shift.
Volunteers are expected to keep track of their hours on a monthly basis and to submit a monthly time sheet to the Assistant Director in a timely manner. Volunteer sign-in sheets are provided inside the entrance door for your signature and why you are there. Any volunteer away from the center will be given a volunteer hours’ record sheet to record the number of house volunteered.
If you need to change your volunteer status to “inactive,” please contact the Director or Assistant Director at the Center. If you are an inactive volunteer, you will not be called to volunteer at the Senior Center. To change your status from inactive to active, you must again notify the Director or Assistance Director.
If an unusual accident, injury, or incident occurs during your volunteer shift, please fill out an Accident report at once. Incidents related to health, injury, accident or other events all require a report. If you are injured while volunteering, please notify the Director or Assistant Director immediately. As a department of the Town of Auburn, the Senior Centers’ management are required to document and report all incidents and injuries as soon as possible. Please see the Director or Assistant Director to obtain this report and return the form upon completion.
The Senior Center is concerned for your personal health and safety while you are performing your volunteer duties. It is in your best interest not to over-exert yourself while volunteering at the Senior Center. Examples of going beyond your physical abilities include (but are not limited to) lifting heavy items that present a challenge for you, assisting a client who has fallen or requires assistance while in a wheelchair, not taking a break when you feel tired, and volunteering when you are ill. If you are unable to perform an activity or feel uncomfortable performing a task at any time, please inform the Director or Assistant Director.
A Volunteer shall not address a public gathering, appear on radio or television, prepare any article for publication, act as correspondent to a newspaper or periodical or release or divulge information or any other matters pertaining to the Council on Aging, either in an official or unofficial capacity, unless he or she had been directly authorized to do so by the Council on Aging or Senior Center Director.
Improper conduct is not acceptable for Council on Aging Volunteers. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:
The volunteers at the Senior Center bring a unique set of skills that contribute to the Senior Center Volunteer Department. Volunteering is a way for people to become integrated into their community, and it has been well established that social integration yields positive mental health effects. Volunteering is a way of providing help to others, which can be a self-validating experience. Helping others, fulfilling a need, socialization, meeting new people, making new friends, and learning new skills are a few reasons why people volunteer their time at the Auburn Senior Center. In addition, the volunteers who offer 25 hours or more of their time per year are invited to attend the Annual Volunteer Dinner in December. Volunteers should feel free to make suggestions and help in the planning of new programs.
Activity opportunities include:
Baked goods are needed for various activities throughout the year for dinners and special events. Volunteers are needed occasionally to prepare and donate these baked goods (i.e, cookies, cakes, pies, and assorted pastries).
Serve refreshments for various Senior Center functions which may include intergenerational parties, training workshops, etc.
Lend a hand at the Senior Center facility, under the direction of the Custodian, with indoor and outdoor maintenance projects. During the spring, summer, and fall, extra hands are needed to assist with outdoor landscaping and gardening.
Computer literate volunteers are needed at the Senior Center to enter information and prepare reports utilizing International Business Machines (IBM) compatible computers. The software includes Word, Excel, Microsoft Publisher, and Open Office.
Nutrition opportunities include:
Brighten someone’s day by contacting a home-bound or ill senior by phone or personal visit at their home (someone who lives alone) for a brief period of time for conversation, a listening ear, or to play a game is also welcoming.
There is also a need for organizers and leaders to facilitate a variety of outdoor games, such as horseshoes, volleyball, and other activities.
General opportunities include:
Contribute your time to deliver nutritious supplementary lunch meals to homebound or shut-in Seniors.
Conduct an educational presentation or hold a computer instructional class for Seniors.
Collate our Flagtown Flyer newsletter at the Senior Center or volunteer to distribute the newsletter to locations around Auburn.
The volunteer’s position for coverage at the front desk includes the following responsibilities:
There are various events, shows, and activities that are held throughout the year for which volunteers are always needed. Examples of projects include delivering library books and sending birthday cards.
Volunteer van drivers (no special license required) to assist with special trips or fill in for absentee driver.
There is always a need for volunteer help for seniors who are in need of transportation to their medical appointments, the pharmacy, or to the grocery store.
People sometimes want to volunteer but do not want to be part of an ongoing activity. If this is the case, you could become part of the “volunteer pool” at the Center. You may be called upon to offer assistance for special events and onetime projects. You can also serve as a substitute for any volunteer position.
The Center’s library is in constant need of reshelving and resorting and as books are donated on a continuing basis organizing them is an ongoing task.
To stay with a frail Senior for a few hours a week to provide the caregiver some relief in their daily routine.