AmeriCorps Seniors has been working hard to provide our volunteers with assignments that meet critical needs in the community, can provide meaningful and fulfilling service, and will fit into our volunteer’s busy schedules. We would like to highlight the opportunities where you can help meet the greatest needs.
Home Delivered Meals
Ensuring that our communities’ homebound seniors have proper nutrition is a growing concern. Many times, the meal delivery is the only chance they have to see another person.
Not being able to drive makes it difficult to get to the doctor’s office, the pharmacy or the grocery store. AmeriCorps Seniors works with several agencies offering transportation assistance – from giving a person a ride to helping them learn local busing schedules.
Loneliness is a primary contributor to a person’s decline in overall health, but kindness is the cure! Companionship can be offered in a variety of ways; a phone call, a visit, picking up a person’s groceries, going out for coffee, or doing a little housekeeping will make a homebound senior or person with disabilities feel connected and nurtured.
Without a good education, the chances of a child succeeding in the future are blocked. AmeriCorps Seniors works with schools and libraries to develop programs that give pre-school and school aged children the tools they need to succeed.
Feeding the Hungry
In Steuben County, AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve nearly 10,000 hours a year with food pantries. AmeriCorps Seniors is also working on opportunities for volunteers to help ensure our kids receive nutritious meals during the summer, too.
A great way to stay healthy is to keep moving! Staying active increases strength and balance, and contributes to avoiding falls. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers help provide programs to older adults and the community that encourage people to stay active.
Supporting Veterans and Military Families
You can show your appreciation to our Military Personnel and their families in a variety of ways with AmeriCorps Seniors. Assembling and giving out comfort kits for hospitalized veterans, reaching out to newly enlisted Service Member’s families, and helping out at Military Reconnection Brunches are only a few ways you can thank our Service Personnel through AmeriCorps Seniors.
AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers play important roles in preparing for and responding to emergencies throughout Steuben County. Believing in the “ounce of prevention,” AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers also help educate individuals and communities to prepare for emergencies.
Contact AmeriCorps Seniors at (607)664-2298 or email Mary Dugo to find out more about these and the many other ways you can make a difference in your community.