Have any free time to spare? Looking for a rewarding way to use it? The Aging & Disability Resource Center has a variety of volunteer opportunities for people who want to make a difference in the life of elderly and disabled individuals.
We are in need of volunteers for:
- Senior Dining Centers – A person could set tables, pack meals for home delivery, serve lunch & clean up afterwards.
- Drivers – Provide safe & Dependable transportation to residents who are elderly or disabled. A background check & a valid Wisconsin driver’s license & a clean driving record is required. Training is provided. Paid mileage.
- Medicare D Enrollment – A person could greet clients, make copies, & gather information for client files, schedule appointments & clerical duties.
- Advisory Group, Caregiver Coalition, & Nutrition Council Members
*There are many other volunteer opportunities available as well, contact us if you are interested in helping citizens in your County.
Top Ten Reasons to Volunteer
#10 It’s good for you. Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It reduces stress; experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns. It also makes you healthier because moods and emotions, like optimism, joy and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system.
#9 It saves resources. Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on other aspects of an agency or local improvements.
#8 Volunteers gain professional experience. You can test out a career.
#7 It brings people together. As a volunteer you assist in uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal. As well as building camaraderie and teamwork.
#6 It promotes personal growth and self esteem. Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.
#5 Volunteering strengthens your community. As a volunteer you can help support families, improve schools, support youth and elderly, or beautify the community.
#4 You learn a lot. Volunteers learn things like these: Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your own view on your self worth. Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs. #3 You get a chance to give back. People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.
#2 Volunteering encourages civic responsibility. Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.
#1 You make a DIFFERENCE. Every person counts!!!
How to Make the Most of Your Volunteer Experience
1. Pick the right project.
2. Ask yourself:
- What kinds of work would you like to do ?
- What groups would I like to help ( such as children, seniors, animals)?
- What social or environmental?