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A class of nine new volunteers has graduated from the SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Everyone) Program’s eleven-week-long summer training session. Coming from all different walks of life, these women completed their course with an intensive exam, successfully passing and graduating as certified SHINE Counselors. Recent graduates include, from left to right, Barbara Levy of Greenfield, Marion Rosenau of Amherst, Jayne Sullivan of Hatfield, Terri Aitken of Turners Falls, Carol Katz of Florence, Linda Trageski of Greenfield, and Bonnie DiTamosso; Tracy Gaudet of Orange and Lorraine Fox of Belchertown are not pictured. Read more about SHINE here.

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities at Franklin County Home Care Corporation (Updated January 2012)

Volunteers are always needed for FCHCC programs and services. Any number of days or hours that fit your schedule would be of help to FCHCC.

In the information below, "Driving" is defined as driving yourself or meals, but not passengers. "Transport" is defined as driving a passenger.

The following programs have ongoing needs for volunteers. To learn more about any volunteer opportunity, click the link to the program name to send email.

Healthy Aging Leaders Wanted!

Healthy Aging Initiatives: A Matter of Balance (Falls Prevention); Healthy Eating for Successful Living; My Life, My Health – Chronic Disease Self Management; and Keep Moving Walking Clubs.

FCHCC seeks volunteers to be trained to lead workshops for small groups of older adults in a local community setting. The workshops are multiple session and evidence-based. Volunteer leaders will attend 1-4 days of training to prepare for the sessions, depending on which curriculum they will be leading. Leader responsibilities and the programs are briefly described below. Call 413.773.5555 x2297 or 978-544-2259 Ext 2297 or email info@fchcc.org for more information.

LEADER DESCRIPTION:

1) “A Matter of Balance” Class (Falls Prevention)

A Matter of Balance is a structured group which addresses the physical, social and cognitive factors affecting fear of falling and to learn fall prevention strategies. The activities include group discussion, problem solving, skill building, assertiveness training, videotapes, sharing practical solutions and exercise training.

2) “Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults”

Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults utilizes a variety of positive strategies and tools to teach aspects of nutrition and health education including MyPlate, label reading and portion control, the importance of physical activity, and behavior change techniques. Activities include group discussion, problem solving, skill building, food preparation and sampling, sharing practical solutions, individual goal setting and exercising.

3) “My Life, My Health – Chronic Disease Self Management”

“My Life, My Health” was developed by Stanford University and offered in communities in the United States and several other countries. Participants are adults experiencing chronic health conditions such as hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, lung disease and diabetes. The curriculum provides information and teaches practical tools that enable participants to assume a major role in maintaining their health and managing their chronic conditions. Participants gain confidence and motivation as they set “action plans” and support each other as they face common challenges and successes.

4) “Keep Moving Walking Clubs”

The benefits of walking are rewarding to your health and spirit, and the camaraderie of a group will keep you walking on a regular basis. Leaders will learn about the health benefits of walking, the physiology of aging and the nuts and bolts of forming a club. Provide a valuable service to your community while improving your own fitness and fun!

Personal Care Assistance Program

The Personal Care Assistance Program urgently needs volunteers to help persons with disabilities manage their care providers. NO HANDS ON CARE REQUIRED. To read more, click here.

Citizens Advisory Board

Advise agency concerning Older American Act programs, community grantmaking and planning for elders, and nutrition services.

Board Members

Governing body for Franklin County Home Care.

Companion Program

Visit isolated, homebound seniors and share companionship and conversation. You may transport them to shopping, local medical appointments or simply provide socialization. Informal training is provided by program director after interview and application process.

Driving is required to get to client's home and transport is required to take clients on rides, to appointments, errands etc. Spend a few hours weekly with a client. Date and times are flexible. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage only.

Consultants

Do you have an area of expertise that might help Franklin County Home Care in its mission? We'd love to utilize your experience and expertise. Please contact Roseann Martoccia, Executive Director to discuss how your skills might meet our ongoing needs.

Fundraising

Volunteers of all ages are needed to take part in fundraising events such as putting together a team for the Walk for Meals on Wheels, selling raffle tickets, or stuffing envelopes for mailing. Some tasks may involve driving, or making a time specific commitment to show up for a certain date, but most do not. Thus if you can donate even a few hours of time to make phone calls, pick up raffle prizes, or put up posters, we'd be happy to hear from you.

General Office Help

Help with computer data entry, filing and more. Training provided.

Meals on Wheels Driver

Deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in your community. Driving required to transport meals. Requires set schedule on any given day (about 10 a.m. to noon). Training is provided. Stipend plus mileage is paid.

Money Manager

Help elders who need assistance with writing checks, balancing checkbooks, sorting bills, etc. Program requirements include 4 hours of initial training; ongoing volunteer position is generally 4-6 flexible hours monthly. Driving to client's homes and ongoing quarterly meetings are required. All volunteers are bonded and insured.

Nursing Home Ombudsman

Advocate for residents' rights and help them resolve problems they have with their nursing home care. A 3-day (~18 hours) training program provided by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs is required. Must be able to drive to your assigned nursing or rest home.

Spend 2-3 hours weekly visiting residents in the assigned facility - the day of the week and time of day are flexible. Must attend the monthly ombudsmen meeting and submit required paperwork. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage only.

Nutrition Program Aide

Help prepare and serve meals to seniors at one of 17 area meal sites or luncheon clubs. Training provided. You must drive yourself to the site.

Office Assistance

We always need help in our office filing, copying and processing mail. No training required! Just come to our office for as many hours as you can offer and help us stay organized.

Personal Care Assistant Program

Help adults with disabilities manage employment of Personal Care Attendants (PCA), including help with advertising for PCAs, hiring, training, filling out time sheets and other tasks.

SHINE Volunteers

Help elders and their caregivers understand their health insurance and prescription drug questions. Program requirements include 10 days of initial training with written exam and ongoing monthly meetings (2 hours each). Volunteers have a set schedule, usually 1 day per week, for 3-4 hours during the daytime at a local site. Senior volunteers can receive limited reimbursements for mileage through the Retired Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP).

Benefits Counselors

The Benefits Counseling Program trains volunteers to help people over age 60, or persons with disabilities, find resources to help them stay in their homes as long as possible. Benefits Counselors also help people apply for benefits that help them save money, like Fuel Assistance or Food Stamps.

Benefits Counselors:

Benefits Counselors are volunteers from Franklin County and North Quabbin towns who work in their own community and create their own schedule. Basic computer skills are needed.

For more information please email info@fchcc.org or call 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

Contact FCHCC

330 Montague City Rd., Suite 1
Turners Falls, MA 01376-2530
800-732-4636
413-773-5555
978-544-2259
Fax 413-772-1084
TDD 413-772-6566
Send us e-mail

Open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.
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Search 800ageinfo.com or call 1-800-age-info (1-800-243-4636) for information & services for Massachusetts elders & their families