Volunteer with the COA
The Wellesley Council on Aging (COA) provides opportunities for individuals of all ages to volunteer. By assisting with our comprehensive programs and services, our volunteers inspire a spirit of community across the generations in our town. Volunteers are essential to our day-to-day functioning, and the success of our organization is due largely in part to the contributions made by our volunteers. A few of our ongoing volunteer opportunities are listed below.
Our Volunteer Driver programs are on hold at this time.
The Council on Aging serves lunch to senior citizens each week. We rely on volunteer servers for this program. Responsibilities include setting up, serving, and a light clean up. An important part of the volunteer opportunity experience is to interact with the guests to foster social engagement. Prepared meals are delivered to the Council on Aging from a local restaurant by our bus drivers; volunteers are not responsible for any meal preparation. This is a fun and rewarding opportunity to engage with lunch guests and provide meaningful support to the COA staff.
Phone Pal Remote Volunteers
Phone Pal Volunteers are partnered one-on-one with senior residents to engage in friendly conversation 1 to 2 times a week to help promote positive connection and engagement, while reducing feelings of isolation. Each volunteer is matched with one or more partners based on an assessment of preference and information provided by the COA Social Worker. Minimum commitment is 30 minutes per week. Please contact us if you would like to connect with a senior in our community!
Tech Support Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to assist seniors with setting up and navigating the various features of Zoom and other software across a variety of devices including smartphones, tablets, and computers. If you have these technical skills and enjoy helping seniors, please contact us!
Senior citizens of Wellesley sometimes ask for help with leaf raking and yard work. These senior residents are very grateful to have volunteers help with the clean-up of their yards. If you enjoy the fresh air and yard clean up, please contact us!
Front Door Greeters and TPC Liaisons
Volunteer Front Door Greeters welcome and direct visitors to the appropriate check in area and offer guidance when needed. Liaisons navigate through the center and engage with seniors in the halls, offering direction when needed, and assist with monitoring the Fitness Center. Volunteers are assigned a weekly scheduled day of the week either morning or afternoon.
To complete our volunteer application, please click HERE.
Please note that the Council on Aging is required by law to conduct a CORI (Criminal Offense Record Inquiry) check on volunteers and employees over the age of 18, pursuant to M.G.L. c. 6, s 172C, which requires an agency conduct a CORI check on volunteers and prospective employees who have particular duties and responsibilities relative to the elderly and /or disabled under specific conditions set forth in the law. As part of this requirement, the Council on Aging requests a copy of a prospective volunteer’s photo ID.
Questions? Ideas to volunteer in ways not listed above? Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Sally Miller by phone or email.