Volunteer with the COA
The Wellesley Council on Aging (COA) provides opportunities for individuals of all ages to volunteer. By assisting with our comprehensive programs and services, our volunteers inspire a spirit of community across the generations in our town. Volunteers are essential to our day-to-day functioning, and the success of our organization is due largely in part to the contributions made by our volunteers. A few of our ongoing volunteer opportunities are listed below.
Volunteers help support the smooth operation of the COA and enhance the social experience for those who visit the Tolles Parsons Senior Center. Below are a few of our ongoing volunteer opportunities.
The Council on Aging serves lunch to senior citizens each week. We rely on volunteer servers for this program. Responsibilities include setting up, serving, and light clean-up. An important part of the volunteer opportunity experience is to interact with the guests to foster social engagement. Prepared meals are delivered to the Council on Aging from a local restaurant by our bus drivers; volunteers are not responsible for any meal preparation. This is a fun and rewarding opportunity to engage with lunch guests and provide meaningful support to the COA staff.
Front Door Greeters and TPC Liaisons
Front Door Greeters welcome members and visitors, assist with our sign-in kiosk as needed, and provide information and/or tours to newcomers. The volunteers are also trained to answer questions about programs and activities and provide directions to the rooms where various activities are held. Each volunteer is assigned a regular recurring weekly shift. This is a recurring weekly position either morning 9 am to Noon, or, afternoon Noon to 3 PM.
Grocery Assistance Riding the COA Bus
The Wellesley COA bus is scheduled to take people on shopping trips to Roche Bros on Wednesdays and Friday mornings. The bus also takes people to the Wellesley Food Pantry on Tuesday afternoons. Volunteer assistants are needed to help the bus driver and shoppers with their groceries, getting off and on the bus and to their front doors.
The Wellesley Council on Aging is currently seeking volunteers to assist homebound seniors in navigating around town for medical appointments, grocery shopping, self-care appointments, and social visits. Flexible hours at will.
To complete our volunteer application, please click HERE.
Please note that the Council on Aging is required by law to conduct a CORI (Criminal Offense Record Inquiry) check on volunteers and employees over the age of 18, pursuant to M.G.L. c. 6, s 172C, which requires an agency to conduct a CORI check on volunteers and prospective employees who have particular duties and responsibilities relative to the elderly and /or disabled under specific conditions set forth in the law. As part of this requirement, the Council on Aging requests a copy of a prospective volunteer’s photo ID.
Questions? Ideas to volunteer in ways not listed above? Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Sally Miller by phone or email.