Looking for ways to make a difference? We can help you identify your skills and find a cause that lights you up. Many opportunities exist, including the ones below. The following programs rely upon adult volunteers (without regard to age):
Senior Companion Program
Make independence a reality for homebound older adults! As a Senior Companion, you can provide socialization by sharing an activity, escorting someone to a medical appointment, shopping together, writing letters, filling out forms, sharing a meal, or allowing family caregivers to have some respite. Volunteers serve a minimum of 15 hours a week, must income qualify and pass a background check and health screening. An hourly stipend and expense reimbursement are available. For more details, please contact 520-305-3453.
Health Fairs and Special Events
Are you a people person? Here is your opportunity to meet, hand out information to and talk with individuals interested in PCOA’s services at events and fairs that happen throughout the year.
Healthy Living Programs
If you enjoy encouraging others to accomplish healthy living and well-being goals, consider becoming a Healthy Living volunteer leader or coach for community-based workshops. Training, mentoring and support are provided.
Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Do residents of nursing homes touch your heart? Volunteers are trained and assigned to elder care facilities to advocate for residents of those facilities.
Exercise your brain! Medicare Counselors learn how to navigate this complicated system and help people make informed choices for their health care needs. PCOA is affiliated with the State Health Insurance Counseling Program (SHIP), the only federal program that provides free, personalized, unbiased counseling on the growing complexities of Medicare coverage. For more information please contact 520-305-3418.
OASIS Healthy Habits for Adults
An introductory-level health education program geared toward older adults. Volunteer Leaders share resources through a series of workshops, covering 10 key nutrition topics, to help older adults learn more about being healthy on their own. Training is provided. Each class includes a healthy snack, recipe ideas, a nutrition lesson and low impact exercise. The workshops are good reminders of simple things that adults can do to gain and maintain healthy habits for life. Participants will leave with a FREE Oasis Healthy Living Guide.
Personal Budgeting Assistance
Is finance your area of interest? Trained volunteers assist low income individuals to balance their bank accounts, prepare a budget and organize bills.
Senior Medicare Patrol
Help Protect the financial well-being of older adults in our nation’s fight against those who commit fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare program. In recent years, PCOA’s partners in this fight—the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the HHS Office of the Inspector General, and the Department of Justice, including the FBI—have created the resources needed— including sophisticated technology and skilled local investigative and enforcement teams—to identify and prosecute criminals who steal hundreds of millions of dollars each year from Medicare. Sometimes your efforts may result in a big takedown, but more often than not, you will be preventing fraud before it ever takes place. Since 1965, Medicare has been one of our country’s greatest success stories. We have a responsibility to keep it strong for generations to come. And we can’t do that without you.
Do you have strong organization, facilitation or office support skills? Perhaps you like working with numbers or writing stories. If so, contact Volunteer Services for information about various short-term projects that become available from time to time.