Volunteer Opportunities

The Otesgo County Commission on Aging currently has the following volunteer job opportunities available:

Age-Tech Program

  • Tutors – Tutors assist in training older adults in technology basics on their smartphones, tablets, and/or computers. Tutors should have comfort and experience in using technology for smartphones, tablets, and/or computers and have a desire and patience in assisting and teaching older adults. Hours are flexible and tutoring sessions will take place at the OCCOA. Training is required as needed for various Age-Tech Programs.

To be considered for a volunteer position, please complete a Volunteer Registration Packet and submit it to the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator as instructed. Questions? Please contact the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator at (989) 732-1122.

 

Congregate Meal (CM) Program

  • Plate Food – Volunteers welcome meal participants at the food serving table and plate food. Shifts are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and scheduling is flexible. Training is required, and volunteers must pass a criminal background check. Volunteers may eat for free after their shift.
  • Welcome Desk – Cashiers – Volunteers welcome meal participants and make change for those needing smaller bills for the donation box. They also receive and receipt fees from meal participants who are ineligible for the suggested donation. Shifts are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and scheduling is flexible. Volunteers may eat for free after their shift. Training is required and volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Welcome Desk – Sign-In – Volunteers welcome meal participants and provide assistance with meal sign-ins. They also provide new participants with Welcome Packets. Shifts are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and scheduling is flexible. Volunteers may eat for free after their shift. Training is required and volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check.

To be considered for a volunteer position, please complete a Volunteer Registration Packet and submit it to the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator as instructed. Questions? Please contact the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator at (989) 732-1122.

Golden Grocery (formerly known as Commodities) Program

  • Alpine Alten Zimmer Distributions – Volunteers distribute food boxes to Alpine Alten Zimmer residents once a month. Distributions are scheduled on the first or second Wednesday of the month from Noon to 1 p.m. Food boxes are 12” x 18” x 12” and weigh approximately 40 lbs. Volunteers pick up boxes in the Alten Zimmer lobby, load them onto a cart, and distribute them to 21-23 clients that live in the complex. Volunteers should be comfortable lifting 40 lb. boxes and must be able to pass a criminal background check. Training is required.
  • Little Village Distributions – Volunteers distribute food boxes to Little Village residents once a month. Distributions are scheduled on the first or second Wednesday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Food boxes are 12” x 18” x 12” and weigh approximately 40 lbs. Volunteers need to have a vehicle that can hold 6 to 10 boxes. Food is picked up by volunteers from a food truck at the Alpine Alten Zimmer, driven to Little Village, and distributed to clients. Volunteers should be comfortable lifting 40 lb. boxes and must be able to pass a criminal background check, be licensed and insured, and have a good working vehicle. Training is required.
  • Sheldon Place Distributions – Volunteers distribute food boxes to Sheldon Place residents once a month. Distributions are scheduled on the first or second Wednesday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Food boxes are 12” x 18” x 12” and weigh approximately 40 lbs. Volunteers need to have a vehicle that can hold 6 to 10 boxes. Food is picked up by volunteers from a food truck at the Alpine Alten Zimmer, driven to Sheldon Place, and distributed to clients. Volunteers should be comfortable lifting 40 lb. boxes and must be able to pass a criminal background check, be licensed and insured, and have a good working vehicle. Training is required.
  • Vanderbilt Distributions – Volunteers distribute food boxes at Horsell Manor in Vanderbilt on the first or second Wednesday of the month from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Food boxes are 12” x 18” x 12” and weigh approximately 40 lbs. Boxes are unloaded from a food truck at the Elkland Senior Center (in the same building as Horsell Manor) onto a cart that is wheeled inside. Food is distributed to 5-9 Horsell Manor clients. Volunteers should be comfortable lifting 40 lb. boxes and must be able to pass a criminal background check. Training is required.

To be considered for a volunteer position, please complete a Volunteer Registration Packet and submit it to the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator as instructed. Questions? Please contact the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator at (989) 732-1122.

Home-Delivered Meal (HDM) Program

  • Food Prep Assistants – Volunteers assist the OCCOA Meal Program staff in assembling frozen meals for the Home-Delivered Meal Program. Shifts are Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Training is provided, and volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check.

To be considered for a volunteer position, please complete a Volunteer Registration Packet and submit it to the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator as instructed. Questions? Please contact the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator at (989) 732-1122.

 

Medical Transportation Program

  • Transporters – Volunteers transport OCCOA clients to medical appointments in the volunteers’ personal vehicles. The majority of appointments are located outside Otsego County (i.e., Petoskey, Traverse City, Ann Arbor, etc.). There are a limited number of appointments that are accommodated within Otsego County. Scheduling is flexible and mileage reimbursement is available. Training is required and conducted by RSVP. Volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check, have a good driving record, be licensed and insured, and have a good working vehicle.

To be considered for a volunteer position, please contact the volunteer coordinator at RSVP at (989) 732-6232. Questions? Please contact the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator at (989) 732-1122.

 

MMAP Program

  • Medicare Part D Open Enrollment – Volunteers assist OCCOA clients with their Medicare Part D Prescription Drug reviews during open enrollment (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday between October 15 and December 7. Scheduling is flexible, training is required, and volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check and be comfortable using a computer.

To be considered for a volunteer position, please complete a Volunteer Registration Packet and submit it to the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator as instructed. Questions? Please contact the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator at (989) 732-1122.

 

Office Assistants

  • Customer Service Desk – Volunteers are needed to fill in during staff vacations, by answering the phone, routing incoming phone calls to various OCCOA departments and staff, selling Dining Out vouchers, assisting with simple office tasks, and signing out and receiving Medical Loan Closet equipment. Shifts are from 8:30 a.m. to Noon and/or 1 to 3:30 p.m. on an as-needed basis. Training is required and volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check and be comfortable using a computer.
  • Advocacy Window – Volunteers are needed to fill in during staff vacations, by answering the phone, routing incoming phone calls to Advocacy staff, assisting Healthy Aging Program participants with sign-ins, and receipting fees. Shifts are from 8:30 a.m. to Noon and/or 1 to 3:30 p.m. on an as-needed basis. Training is required and volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check and be comfortable using a computer.
  • Mailings – Volunteers are needed to help with occasional mailings. Training is required and volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check.

To be considered for a volunteer position, please complete a Volunteer Registration Packet and submit it to the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator as instructed. Questions? Please contact the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator at (989) 732-1122.

 

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program 

  • Greeters – Greeters welcome and visit with tax clients during tax season on clinic days and assist with simple office tasks as needed. Scheduling is flexible. Clinics take place two to three times a week between Feb. 1 and April 15, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Training is required, and volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check. Lunch is provided for shifts lasting four or more hours.
  • Office Assistants – Office assistants answer phones, schedule clients for tax appointments, and assist with mailings. Volunteers should have general computer experience and be comfortable working with Excel spreadsheets. Training is required and volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check. Lunch is provided for shifts lasting four or more hours.
  • Tax Preparers – Volunteer preparers prepare simple federal and state returns (including Michigan Property Tax and Home Heating Credits) for area taxpayers through TaxSlayer Online software on clinic days during tax season. Scheduling is flexible. Clinics take place two to three times a week between Feb. 1 and April 15, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Past tax preparation is a plus but not required. Training is required at the Advanced certification level, and volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check. This is a great volunteer opportunity for retired tax preparers, professionals and administrators. Lunch is provided for shifts lasting four or more hours.

To be considered for a volunteer position, please complete a Volunteer Registration Packet and submit it to the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator as instructed. Questions? Please contact the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator at (989) 732-1122.

 

Walk Michigan

  • Walk Leaders – Walk leaders lead Walk Michigan Program participants on Monday walks on various walking and hiking trails throughout Otsego County. On Wednesday and Friday, the group walks on the paved trails at Aspen Park. Summer Walking hours are 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Winter Walking hours are 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. On poor-weather days, the group walks inside the Otsego County Sportsplex. Depending on location, the Monday walks may last an extra 15-45 minutes. Volunteers should be physically fit, enjoy walking, and visiting with participants. Training is required and volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check. Volunteers should also have a good working vehicle and be licensed and insured.
  • Walk Assistants – Walk assistants assist Walk Michigan Program leaders with Monday walks on various walking and hiking trails throughout Otsego County. On Wednesday and Friday, the group walks on the paved trails at Aspen Park. Summer Walking hours are 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Winter Walking hours are 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. On poor-weather days, the group walks inside the Otsego County Sportsplex. Depending on location, the Monday walks may last an extra 15-45 minutes. Volunteers should be physically fit, enjoy walking, and visiting with participants. Training is required and volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check. Volunteers should also have a good working vehicle and be licensed and insured.

To be considered for a volunteer position, please complete a Volunteer Registration Packet and submit it to the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator as instructed. Questions? Please contact the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator at (989) 732-1122.

 

To Volunteer

To volunteer for any of the positions listed on this page you must be registered with the agency’s volunteer department. If you are not currently registered as a volunteer with the agency, please download and complete a Volunteer Registration Packet. Completed forms may be faxed to (989) 732-9050 or mailed to:

Volunteer Coordinator
P.O. Box 430
Gaylord, MI 49734-0430

Once your forms are received, they will be reviewed and an interview will be scheduled with the Volunteer Coordinator. Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time to help and care for the older adults of Otego County!

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