Looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Join forces with other folks in southwest Missouri who give of their time, talent, and energy to improve the lives of seniors and persons with disabilities. Whether you have just a few hours a month or 20 hours a week, you can make a significant difference in our community by volunteering through the Area Agency on Aging. Check out the volunteer opportunities listed below or call (417) 862-0762 to find out how you can get involved.
You can also link to volunteermatch.org to learn of other exciting opportunities within our organization.
As a volunteer, you will develop new skills, expand your social network, and enjoy such benefits as:
- Flexible hours
- Training and ongoing staff support
- Mileage reimbursement
- Liability insurance
Volunteer Opportunities In Our Senior Centers
Our senior centers allow volunteers to find meaningful opportunities to help people in their communities by assisting in areas that make an impact in our daily operations. Each of our 36 senior centers relies on volunteers for day-to-day operations and to provide assistance and expertise in the areas of education, fundraising, fitness, wellness, nutrition, and recreation.
Kitchen and Dining Room
- Setting up and maintaining the beverage station.
- Serving as hosts in the dining room.
- Packaging meals for home delivery.
- Counting daily meal contributions.
- Delivering hot and frozen meals to at-risk seniors in their own homes.
- Washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen.
- Serving lunch.
Home-Delivered Meal Drivers
This volunteer opportunity offers you the chance to make a difference in the lives of the frail elderly as you deliver hot meals each weekday. The delivery also gives you a chance to check in on our homebound seniors to ensure they are all right. You may be the only person they see in a day and your smiling face is a reminder that someone cares. We maintain flexible schedules, all you need is commitment to serving others. Mileage reimbursement is also available.
Our wellness coaches can train you to lead exercise programs targeted specifically to seniors, people with limited mobility, or those living with arthritis. You need not be a fitness buff, and leading these courses could give you the motivation and discipline to improve your own fitness. Programs include Matter of Balance, Tai Chi, Falls Prevention, Diabetes Education, Chronic Disease and Self Management, Arthritis education, and much more.
Program Assistants and Greeters/Front Desk Attendants
If you like to meet and greet people, consider volunteering at the front desk of your local senior center. If you have a particular interest in one of our programs (Medicare counseling, nursing home ombudsman, tax counseling, arts and crafts or something else) we have a place for you.
There are also volunteer opportunities in our Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program, the Ombudsmen Program, Advisory Council and Senior Center Boards.
Other SeniorAge Opportunities Available
Individuals have the opportunity to serve as the SeniorAgedelegation to the Silver-Haired Legislature, a volunteer group of individuals who advocate for seniors while the Missouri Legislature is in session. The delegation meets in August of each year to determine the five most important legislative priorities in this area and then joins the larger Silver-Haired Legislature in Jefferson City in October to determine the five statewide priorities. The Silver-Haired Legislature aims to keep the priorities of older Missourians at the forefront of Missouri’s lawmakers’ decision making.
SeniorAge continues to seek volunteers in the areas of Tax Counseling, administration, and board positions. Call 417-862-0762 for opportunities and information.