Your interest in becoming a Reading Elder and Human Service volunteer carries on an important tradition that makes Reading a special community. In fact, Reading Elder and Human Services would not be able to offer the variety of programs and services without our committed volunteers. With over twenty different volunteer opportunities available each with varying time commitments, there should be something of interest for everyone A brief description of the various volunteer opportunities follows. If you would like to volunteer, please print and complete the application and CORI release form and mail them to Reading Elder and Human Service - 16 Lowell Street in Reading. All our volunteers receive training and ongoing support.
Information for Volunteers
For more information please call Kerry Valle at 781-942-6659
Arts and Crafts Leader
Do you have some crafty idea that you would like to share? Please consider leading a weekly or monthly craft class for Reading Seniors. Times are flexible.
This is a favorite among Reading citizens. Please consider joining the volunteer Bingo Callers who bring pleasure to so many. Time commitment is 1.5 hours per week. Substitute Bingo Callers are also needed. Bingo is Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00 at the Senior Center.
Book Discussion Leader
The volunteer facilitates the monthly book discussion meeting. The public library obtains the necessary copies of the book each month. Time commitment is 1.5 hours per month in addition to the preparation time for the meeting. The group meets one afternoon a month.
Book Nook Assistant
The volunteer maintains the Book Nook at the Senior Center on a weekly basis. Time commitment is less than an hour a week.
There are folks at the Senior Center who would like to learn to play bridge and others who are looking to improve their game. If you enjoy bridge, consider providing instruction one or more times a month. Bridge classes would be held on Thursdays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
Volunteers needed to offer assistance in the computer lab at the Senior Center. Times and days are flexible and the time commitment is 1 - 2 hours each week. Instruction would include how to email, use of search tools, etc.
Council on Aging Board Member
The board is comprised of 10 members, all of which are Reading residents and at least two members must be over 65. The board member term is 3 years and meetings are held the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30 PM. The board ascertains the needs of residents 60 years of age and older and conducts or sponsors programs to address these needs. Please call Paula Schena at 781-942-6643 for more information.
Fix It - Lamp Repair Assistant
Volunteers meet once a month to perform a variety of tasks such as small furniture repairs, small appliance repairs as well as repairing Lamps. Time commitment is 2 hours per month usually one morning a month.
Volunteers visit each their senior friend once a week with the goal of offering companionship to reduce loneliness and increase social contact. Activities may include taking a walk, playing cards or board games or just talking. Visits last 1 hour or longer if you and your senior friend so desire. Time of day and day of week are flexible. Evenings are usually not convenient for the seniors.
Volunteers beautify the landscape at the Senior Center, which includes planting, fertilizing, mulching and irrigating the flowerbeds. Times are flexible depending on the availability of the volunteer.
Greeters - Tour Guides
Volunteers greet new visitors to the Senior Center; conduct tours of the building; explain the various activities that take place at the Senior Center each week and generally make them feel welcome. Times are flexible.
Help prepare mailings, return phone calls, distribute gifts, food baskets and/or meals for our holiday programs. Time commitment is October to January and the number of hours is dependent on the volunteer’s availability. Holiday workers help each decorate the senior center for the monthly special functions. Time commitment is 2 hours per month.
Income Tax Assistants
This is a much-appreciated service by those who need help preparing their income tax forms. Volunteers offer tax assistance February through mid April. If this is your area of expertise, you are needed.
Lunch is served Monday through Friday at the Senior Center. Volunteers lend a hand one morning a week in the kitchen, help set tables, serve the food, and clean up after lunch is served. Volunteer as a regular or a substitute to help with the daily nutrition program. Time commitment is 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM one day a week as a regular volunteer
Do you have a background in finance or good math skills? The Money Management Program pairs specially-trained and insured volunteers with Reading elders who need assistance paying bills, balancing a checkbook, organizing their finances or establishing a budget. Volunteers are trained and fully supported by Mystic Valley Elder Service’s Money Management Program Coordinator and receive ongoing supervision. Call Larry Poirier, 781-324-7705 ext. 333 for additional information.
Volunteers drive Reading seniors to medical appointments outside of Reading, which may be at area medical offices or hospitals. There is also a need for volunteers to accompany seniors in a taxi to a medical appointment. Volunteers may offer a steady arm for someone in need. Volunteers are needed on an on call basis during business hours (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday). Time commitment varies with the volunteer’s availability. A trip to a medical appointment may take 1-2 hours or 3-4 hours if the appointment is in Boston. Volunteers may choose not to be available for Boston Trips
Volunteers are needed periodically to help prepare large mailings for various departments in Town Hall or to provide support for clinic registrations. Time commitment varies according the project needs.
Volunteers staff the reception desk at the Senior Center from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. The receptionist welcomes people, provides information regarding events, answers the phone and takes lunch & activity reservations. Time commitment is 9:00 AM to 1:00 or 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM one day a week. Substitute receptionists are also needed. Training is provided.
Learn to navigate the world of health insurance. Become a SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) volunteer and be specially trained to help Medicare and Medicaid recipients navigate through the confusing world of health insurance benefits. SHINE volunteer counselors provide unbiased information to elders and their families about health insurance options. Once a volunteer is trained, he or she provides SHINE counseling at the Reading Senior Centers. The commitment is two to three hours per week. A SHINE training course is provided. Call Vida Poole, 781-324-7705 ext. 161 for additional information.
Volunteers shop once a week, usually the same day and time, for a homebound senior. The volunteer meets with the client, reviews their shopping list, and with the client’s money, purchases the groceries and/or prescriptions at CVS or Brooks and delivers them to the client’s home. The time commitment is 1.5 hours per week. Time of day and day of week are flexible.
The volunteer escorts the senior to the grocery store and assists with the grocery shopping. Shopping is once a week, usually the same day and time, and takes approximately 1.5 hours. A stop at CVS or Brooks is generally included in the weekly shopping. Time of day and day of week are flexible. Evenings are usually not convenient for seniors.
Walking Group Coordinator
Volunteers lead the walking group in their twice-weekly walks and dispense information regarding upcoming group walks. The time commitment is 1 hour two mornings a week.
Lend a hand to seniors unable to rake leaves, perform general yard cleanup, shovel snow and other tasks related to our New England weather.
For more information please call Kerry Valle at 781-942-6659