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

New Volunteer Opportunities

Tax Preparers

The OCCOA is looking for individuals with experience in state and federal tax return preparation to assist with the agency’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program. This is a program that serves lower-income individuals living in Northern Michigan. Online training is available and required to become a certified VITA volunteer. The program generally runs between February through April 15th. Flexible scheduling is possible. This is an excellent way to help those who are not able to afford paid tax preparation services, and an excellent volunteer opportunity for retired tax preparers. 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) 748-4065.

 

Walk Michigan Volunteer Assistant Assignment Description

Walk Michigan is a Healthy Aging walking program sponsored by Otsego County Commission on Aging in partnership with Area Agency on Aging Region 9 and Michigan Parks and Recreation. The program is based on Walk with Ease, an evidence-based walking program.

The walks are scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (currently 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.). Monday walks are scheduled at area hiking trails throughout the county.  Wednesday and Friday walks are scheduled at Aspen Park in Gaylord. Walks are scheduled in eight-week blocks, followed by a rest week.  This schedule repeats throughout the year. Due to COVID-19 program restrictions, if the weather is poor, the walks are cancelled.

Volunteers are needed to volunteer one to three times a month, either as an assistant to the OCCOA’s Healthy Aging program coordinator for Monday hikes, or to sub for her occasionally. Volunteers should be physically fit, comfortable in either a leadership or support role, and enjoy walking and visiting with walking participants. The agency provides training, including an online Walk with Ease course, and a training book. CPR and first aid are required. If needed, the agency will provide this at no cost to volunteers.

This  volunteer opportunity is a wonderful way to add meaning and joy to others’ lives by encouraging  walking participants to commit to regular, healthy exercise.  To be considered for this 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) 748-4065.

Ongoing Volunteer Postions

Computer Club Instructors/Tutors

Older adult volunteers are needed to help expand the OCCOA Computer Club’s instructor/tutor base. There is a need for older adult volunteers (age 55 or older) who have solid computer skills (software and/or hardware) and feel comfortable teaching in a classroom setting.Volunteers should also enjoy working with older adults, have patience, compassion, and good listening skills. To be considered for a volunteer position, please complete a Volunteer Registration Packet and submit it to the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator as instructed.

Medical Transporters

The Otsego County Commission on Aging is in need of volunteers to drive Otsego County older adults (age 60 and older) to medical appointments. Membership with RSVP is required. RSVP has an age requirement for members; you must be age 55 or older. To be a medical transportation volunteer, you must own a fully-insured, good-working vehicle, have a good driving record, and pass a background check. You should be kind, compassionate, friendly, punctual, reliable, and a good listener. Our clients primarily need to be driven to medical appointments outside Otsego County, inlcuding:  Petoskey, Traverse City, Saginaw, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Detroit, etc. Flexible scheduling is available; you decide where and how how often you will volunteer. Mileage reimbursement is available, if needed. To learn more, please complete the “Contact Us” page at the top right-hand corner of this website or contact the OCCOA Volunteer Coordinator at (989) 748-4065. You may also contact the Medical Transportation Specialist at RSVP at (989) 732-6232.

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) 731-2739 or mailed to:

Volunteer Coordinator
120 Grandview Blvd.
Gaylord, MI 49735

Once your forms are recieved, 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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