Elder Services provides volunteers with a variety of ways to serve
- Volunteers serve as companions and friendly visitors, they transport
elders who can no longer drive and grocery shop.
- Elder Services Ombudsman volunteers monitor conditions in local nursing homes
through weekly visits and advocate for residents.
- Money Management volunteers help elders
with bill paying tasks, budgeting and balancing accounts.
- Shine Volunteer Counselors help by providing health insurance information regarding Medicare, supplement insurance coverage and discount
- Volunteers also assist at
congregate meal sites with serving meals, they assist newly discharged hospital patients,
and they help in the office with special mailings, and other office procedures.
COMPANIONSHIP: Visit a lonely elder or accompany him/her into the community for shopping,
concerts, ball games, movies, plays, etc., etc., etc.
GROCERY SHOPPING ASSISTANT: Shop for a homebound elder or accompany an elder to the
LUNCH SITE COORDINATORS AND ASSISTANTS: Help elders enjoy the lunch programs by overseeing
the meal site functions including set-up, serving and clean-up of group meals throughout
DRIVER ASSISTANT: Accompany a driver and deliver the Meals-on-Wheels to the elders or meet
the driver at an apartment building and deliver the meals to residents.
MEALS-ON-WHEELS PACKER: Help portion and pack meals at one of three sites in
Lanesboro, Stockbridge or North Adams.
MONEY MANAGEMENT: Assist income-eligible elders monthly to write checks for household
bills. Or, as a Representative Payee, be responsible for disbursing the Social Security
payment for an elder.
OFFICE: Assist with special projects such as bulk mailings, data entry, telephone
follow-up etc., at 66 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield
OMBUDSMAN: Make weekly visits to nursing home residents to monitor care and resolve
S.H.I.N.E. (Serving the Health Insurance Information Needs of Elders) Become trained to
understand Medicare/Medicaid benefits and other health insurance options so that you can
counsel elders to make informed choices.
TRANSLATOR: Help non English speaking elders.
TRANSPORTATION: Escort elders to medical/dental appointments and other necessary and/or
VIDEO VOLUNTEER: Be trained in every aspect of technical video production to
assist with the taping of our monthly television show, Berkshire Senior TV.
Elder Services, 66 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield
Or call 499-0524 or 1-800-544-5242 to arrange a meeting at a time or place
convenient for you.