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Volunteer

Volunteer with
Age Well

Give your time & impact a life

The time you donate will be repaid many times over by the relationships and memories created and the knowledge that you’ve made a difference.

Join our network of over 1,000 volunteers—we can all be proud of supporting older Vermonters.

Why Volunteer?

Our mission is to provide the support and guidance that inspires our community to embrace aging with confidence. The time you donate will be repaid many times over by the relationships and memories created and the knowledge that you’ve made a difference.

Volunteer Susyn Dees explains why she loves providing services to older Vermonters.

My name is Susyn Dees and I’ve been with Age Well for just about three years as soon as I retired I was on the hunt so that was my retirement goal was to get hooked into some agency that could use my my skill set I’m a lifer I think I just I think they’re just so fabulous there and what they do as well I was just retiring from a long career of teaching and was looking for the perfect match for my skill set and uh felt like I hit the jackpot when I met up with the folks at Age Well I um had been working with people who were needing some services around their medical care so that was that was just a grace because I was so happy to find that match that I had been searching for for a bit of time and not only that the people that I work with at Age Well are just the best organization I can even think of they provide services that I had no idea that were available to people in this northern Vermont area and I tell folks all the time if they suggest that their parents or someone are in need of services that this is the agency that you want to start with and they’re always so helpful everyone there is always so gracious when you call them and or they call you and um just are always on the ready for whatever needs to have happened I love the clientele as well and so that’s a big part of what keeps me at Age Well and I have broadened my experiences with Age Well because I just think that everything they do is a super valuable service to all those in the community and and I was also quite humbled to find out um what extensive needs there are in the in this area and something that um is very humbling for me and makes me much more appreciative of everything that I have so I just love Age Well I think they’re the greatest I began primarily working with clients who needed to either help getting to the doctor’s offices and or help at the doctor’s office so that was really where I was looking for my volunteer services initially and I found it really rewarding that you do have opportunities to make connections with people even in a short period of time that you have deliveries and people are are super gracious about having meals delivered each and every day I’ve also you know just done simple things like go pick up an air conditioner and deliver it to someone or a microwave or they’re just such a variety of things that people need and I know that they do a whole lot more than that but those are the things that I’ve been able to help with so it’s very gratifying.

Volunteer Programs

There are several ways to give your time to those who need it most throughout Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle. From Veterans visiting other veterans, providing transportation, to grocery shopping or the programs outlined below, you can give your time and impact a life volunteering with Age Well.

  • General: Errands such as picking up groceries or prescriptions
  • Technology Assistance: Help with TV remotes, iPads, cell phones, etc.
  • Financial Assistance: Helping clients with visual or mild cognitive impairment balance their check book and help writing out checks
  • Friendly Visiting: Matched based on common interests with the hope of developing an ongoing supportive relationship that spans months to years
  • Groceries & Errands:  We match volunteers to a client that needs weekly or bi-monthly help getting groceries and running errands. The volunteer takes the client shopping which also serves as a social outing. Due to COVID-19 we are doing the shopping for the client.
  • Medical Appointment Assistance: Volunteers accompany clients to medical appointments and other occasions where assistance is required
  • Minor Home Repairs: This involves a variety of things such as: opening and closing storm windows, repairing screens, replacing stairs, changing batteries in smoke detectors, fixing leaky faucets, assembling furniture, etc.
  • Organizing: Including paperwork, clothes, mail, often to assist clients who are moving or downsizing.
  • Ramp Building: Volunteers with carpentry skills and know how to build ramps for clients with wheelchairs.
  • Yard work: Raking leaves, picking up brush, & gardening

AmeriCorps Senior Companion Program

Make giving back your second act! AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers bring their unique skillsets and experiences to help people and communities thrive. AmeriCorps Seniors programs are open specifically to Americans age 55 and older.

Meals on Wheels

Join an incredible team of 800+ Meals on Wheels volunteers delivering over 1,000 meals everyday! Meals on Wheels volunteers build new connections with their neighbors while checking in on their safety and addressing food insecurity. There are many ways to be a Meals on Wheels volunteer, you can have a regular weekly or biweekly route, substitute in for our openings in advance, and be “on call” as a standby volunteer in case we need last minute coverage.

Age Well Administrative

  • Office Assistance for Age Well Programs: Includes assisting with mailings, copying, packing, and more.
  • Respite: Volunteers receive training about companioning someone who is experiencing cognitive decline/dementia so that they can provide a weekly 3-hour break to loved ones who are full time caregivers
  • State Health Insurance Assistance: Volunteers are trained to assist clients over the phone who are seeking guidance about choosing Medicare prescription plan.
  • Tai Chi Instructors

FAQs

Have questions about being an Age Well volunteer? Check out the information in this section and then click the button to apply.

There are several ways to give your time to those who need it most. Opportunities to volunteer are available in Addison, Franklin, Grand Isle, and Chittenden counties.

Time of volunteer opportunities vary. Meals on Wheels are delivered weekday mornings and all other volunteers assist clients Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

You can volunteer as an individual or team! Several local businesses and community groups create volunteer teams.

We are always in need of volunteers in the four counties we serve. However, sometimes there is a high level of need in specific towns:

Addison County: Middlebury Meals on Wheels volunteers needed. Senior Companions and Friendly Visitors needed throughout Addison County.

Chittenden County: Burlington, Essex, Huntington, & Winooski Meals on Wheels volunteers needed. Senior Companions and Friendly Visitors needed throughout Chittenden County.

Franklin & Grand Isle Counties: Enosburgh, Richford, Sheldon, St. Albans, & Swanton. Senior Companions and Friendly Visitors needed throughout Franklin & Grand Isle Counties.

Work with our experts at Age Well to be matched with an individual who needs in home support in one or more of the following areas:

All volunteers must pass Age Well’s background screening process, attend orientation and complete an interview.

Once the signed Volunteer Information form is received, Age Well conducts a background check. This usually takes around 48 hours to be completed. Once the results are received, our volunteer coordinator will contact you for an interview, provide orientation training information, and discuss volunteer opportunities and scheduling.

Additional training is required for the following programs: Meals on Wheels, Respite support, and State Health Insurance Program.

Fill out a Volunteer Application

All new volunteers watch the Age Well Volunteer Orientation video which helps you learn about all the services Age Well provides.

There are many ways to volunteer with our program so we want to help you find your niche so we can match you appropriately! We will get to know you and your interests through a short interview. We will also discuss our confidentiality policy, gather information regarding reference checks, and complete other necessary paperwork.

City Market Member Worker Discount

Members of City Market, Onion River Co-op receive a 7% discount for two hours of volunteer time and a 12% discount for four hours of volunteer time. Discounts begin the first of the following month after you volunteer and are not available on alcohol, newspapers, or stamps. Learn more.

Jiffy Lube Discount

Active Age Well volunteers have access to 15% off select services at Jiffy Lube locations nationwide. With more than 2,000 convenient locations nationwide, Jiffy Lube offers a wide range of automotive maintenance services including brakes, tires and engine diagnostics. Email [email protected] to receive the flyer with discount code.

Smuggler’s Notch Vermonter Winter Daycation Pass

Volunteer at a local non-profit for at least 10 hours per month with a 3-month commitment and receive a Winter Daycation Pass for your immediate family. Learn more.

City Market

Benefits of Volunteering

City Market Member Worker Discount

Members of City Market, Onion River Co-op receive a 7% discount for two hours of volunteer time and a 12% discount for four hours of volunteer time. Discounts begin the first of the following month after you volunteer and are not available on alcohol, newspapers, or stamps. Learn more.

Jiffy Lube Discount

Active Age Well volunteers have access to 15% off select services at Jiffy Lube locations nationwide. With more than 2,000 convenient locations nationwide, Jiffy Lube offers a wide range of automotive maintenance services including brakes, tires and engine diagnostics. Email [email protected] to receive the flyer with discount code.

Smuggler’s Notch Vermonter Winter Daycation Pass

Volunteer at a local non-profit for at least 10 hours per month with a 3-month commitment and receive a Winter Daycation Pass for your immediate family. Learn more.

Business & Community Teams who Volunteer

Events


Volunteer Your Time

Would you like to help Vermonters age well? To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact the Age Well Volunteer Program at 802-662-5249 or [email protected].

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