Do you have a caring ear and an open heart? Are you a senior and want to make a difference in another senior’s life, while at the same time connecting with like-minded peers? Join our amazing group of volunteers!
Whether you're interested in becoming a peer counselor, assisting with daily check-in calls, or other programs and initiatives, we need you! Along with supporting our efforts to help seniors in need, you'll also have the opportunity to make new friends and join a supportive community of helpers. We invite you to learn about our different volunteer opportunities and contact us with further questions or to sign-up.
Peer Counseling Volunteers
Every day, our peer counseling volunteers are making a difference in a senior’s life. Volunteers offer emotional support, guidance, and empathy to seniors who are facing stress due to illness, loss of spouse or friends, isolation from family and friends, or other life transitions. When you become a peer counselor, you not only get to help seniors in need, you join a welcoming community of 30+ amazing volunteers who are helping support seniors in our community, while growing and learning as well!
No prior counseling experience is necessary! All our volunteers participate in an 8-week training with our Executive Director Gary Linker, who has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. The training fee is $150 and scholarships are available.
After participating in our training, peer counselors are assigned individual clients or partnered up with another peer counselor to co-lead a support group.
Plus, our volunteers continue to learn and grow via weekly supervision meetings held with fellow peer counselors.
As part of our Careline program, every day our volunteers call and check on the safety and well being of seniors in our community who are often homebound or have limited social interactions.
Calls provide a reassuring voice each day.
Each call lasts about 5-15 minutes.
Volunteers receive ongoing guidance.
If you have time to give 10-20 minutes a day, four to five days a week, please consider being a Careline volunteer and contact us today!
Other Ways to Get Involved
We always have projects that we need assistance with, including helping in our office, reaching out to advertisers for our quarterly newspaper, or assisting with our fundraising initiatives. Contact us today if you’d like to volunteer and support our efforts!
What Our Amazing Volunteers Have to Say!
“I feel like I’m making a difference in people's lives. Plus, it allows me to learn!”
“I enjoy the camaraderie with other counselors, the trainings, and the groups. They give me fulfillment and I learn a lot from them!”
“I volunteer because I’m giving back to the organization which helped me!”
Training to be a Marriage and Family Therapist?
Join us as a peer counselor for both a fulfilling experience and the opportunity to accrue supervision hours. Please note, our program is peer-led thus all interns must be 50 years or older. Contact us today to learn more.