There are a variety of ways you can volunteer in Allegany County communities. Below is a list of organizations and what types of services you can help with.
*Please note this page is currently undergoing updates and will have more information soon!
1:1 Tutoring – Provide one on one support to individuals in an area of your expertise. Time commitment varies.
Digital Literacy Navigators – Assisting individuals with computer use needs. Time commitment varies.
Guest Speaker – Act as a guest speaker in one of the classrooms at the Belmont or Olean sites. Time commitment varies.
Exploration – Work with individuals on pursuing their occupational or educational goals. Time commitment varies.
Contact Adrianna Seewaldt at 585-786-3890 to learn more!
Growing Stronger Exercise Leader – Lead exercise classes in various towns around the county. This requires Growing Stronger Leader training. Time commitment is approximately 1 hour, 2 days a week.
Fair Booth – Provide coverage at the OFA fair booth during the Allegany County Fair in July. Two hour time slots for one week in July.
Friendly Visitor – Provide social contact in weekly, one hour visits to a client’s home. Time commitment is 1 hour, 1 day a week.
Telephone Reassurance – Provide phone calls to an older adult at a specific time each day or day of the week. Time commitment varies.
Handyman – Provide free minor home repairs for the older adults. Client provides materials. Time commitment varies.
Meals on Wheels Drivers – Deliver a nutritious, hot meal to homebound elderly in the county. Time commitment is as little as 1 hour a month to 1 hour a week.
Senior Luncheon Center Program – Help set-up, serve and clear away the meals at one of the nine luncheon centers in the county. Time commitment varies.
Tax Counceling for the Elderly – IRS-trained volunteers provide assistance to older adults with tax returns. Training is provided in January and then it requires 8 hours a week of time from February through April.
Medicare – Assist the Medicare counselors by providing information in the community, teaching a Medicare Basics class, making Medicare Basics packets, data entry into the Medicare system, etc. Time commitment varies.
Transportation – Provide a ride from a client’s home to medical appointments, grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, etc. with minimal assistance. Mileage reimbursement is provided. Time commitment varies.
Escort – Provide substantial assistance including an arm while walking, getting in and out of a vehicle, going into appointments with clients, or shopping. Time commitment varies.
Shopping Assistance – Go for the client to get groceries or pick up medicines. Time commitment varies.
Miscellaneous – Help with special Office for the Aging events, office work, and assist with one time odd jobs. Time commitment varies.
Contact Karen Chamberlain at 585-268-9390 to learn more!
Community Educators – Raise awareness, provide education and expand the reach of educational offerings in the community. Deliver presentations using prepared training materials on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Time commitment varies but is typically one-year increments delivering a minimum of 12 presentations a calendar year.
Community Representatives – Serve as the liaison between Alzheimer’s Association and local community groups, business and civic organizations, faith communities and medical practices. Raise awareness of programs, provide basic disease information, engage in outreach activities and represent the Chapter at health and wellness events to link individuals to support programs. Time commitment varies but is typically one-year increments delivering 8-12 appearances and/or events.
Community Volunteer Leaders – Help recruit program volunteers, network, build relationships, plan and promote local events, and evaluate community needs. Time commitment varies by month.
Early Stage Social Engagement Leaders – Plan, implement and assure positive experiences during social engagements for people living with memory loss and their care partners. Time commitment varies but is typically once a month.
Faith Outreach Representatives – Serve as a liaison between the Alzheimer’s Association and local faith groups or congregations by sharing information about Alzheimer’s disease, free resources, and the many ways to join the cause at local community and educational events. Time commitment is approximately 12 appearances annually, hours vary by month.
Support Group Facilitators – Create a safe, open environment where people share their feelings, thoughts and experiences in a combined effort to better cope with and manage the shared problems of dementia. Time commitment is typically one-year increments, delivering a monthly group, hours vary by month.
Contact Courtney Sipes, Director of Community Engagement at 716-271-9255 to learn more!
Patient Volunteers – Patient volunteers will be responsible to relieve primary care givers, provide support and companionship to patients and their families, assist with light household tasks, pick up prescriptions or groceries if needed. Volunteers will prepare appropriate reports for each visit and contact and are required to maintain confidentiality. Time commitment varies.
Bereavement Volunteers – Provide support to grieving families through visits, phone calls, mailings and special bereavement community events. Volunteers will prepare appropriate reports for each visit and contact and are required to maintain confidentiality. Time commitment varies.
Office Volunteers – Provide assistance with administrative duties such as filing, copying, mailings, assembling patient information packets, and phone support. Time commitment varies.
Event Volunteers – Help with fundraising events throughout the year, help with Hospice awareness and recruitment campaigns in the community.
Contact Cassie Kelsey, Volunteer Coordinator at 716-372-5735 to learn more!