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):
Medicare/Insurance Counseling volunteers are trained to assist clients at PCOA and selected community centers and social service locations in Pima County to identify the coverage that best meets their needs. Volunteers receive 30 hours of initial training, and the program is affiliated with the State of Arizona Health Insurance Counseling Program (SHIP). Medicare Counselor volunteers are recruited and onboarded from January 1st through June 30th of each year. For more details, please call 520-258-5062.
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, 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. An hourly stipend and expense reimbursement are available, in addition to the use of a computer tablet with LTE service and tablet training while in service. For more details, click here or call 520-305-3453.
Personal Budgeting Assistance (PBA)
PBA volunteers help prolong independent living in the community for older adults who have difficulty managing their financial affairs. They may for the first time suddenly be faced with handling the household finances, or now have a health condition that impedes their ability to read statements or write checks. Trained volunteers help older adults with their personal budget, writing checks, and organizing bills. Those who have been helped report improved peace of mind, stabilized finances, and being assisted with solving financial problems. For more details, please call 520-790-7573, ext. 5098.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Do you want to provide an essential voice and advocate for residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities? Become a Long-Term Care Ombudsman volunteer. Volunteers are state certified, trained and assigned their own facilities to visit and meet with residents. For more details, please call 520-790-7573, ext. 5094.
Property Tax Credit (PTC)
Experience how good it feels to help an older adult living on Social Security alone receive up to $527 from the Arizona Department of Revenue! Trained PTC Volunteers screen individuals for eligibility and then help them complete the Arizona 140PTC tax form to receive their credit or renter’s rebate. Living on a limited income and receiving that credit each year can make all the difference in the world. Familiarity with preparing tax returns is not required as PCOA does not assist with full tax returns. For more details, please call 520-258-5074.
Caregiver Support Group
This volunteer position provides facilitation for family caregiver support and/or educational groups that are held at various locations in Pima County. This position provides support, information, and education to family caregivers to assist them with caregiving activities, decision making and problem solving. Volunteer connects attendees to Family Caregiver Support staff for further assistance, as appropriate. The volunteer is to maintain accurate and timely client records which are then given to Caregiver Specialist for Groups to put in agency database. For more details, please call 520-790-7573, ext. 5069.
Join our PCOA Healthy Living Team today and become a volunteer leader for one or more Healthy Living Programs: A Matter of Balance, Healthy Living with Chronic Pain, Diabetes and Ongoing Conditions. Leaders are trained by PCOA, receive ongoing guidance and support and no experience or healthcare knowledge is needed. Use your good communication and listening skills in small group settings of older adults. For more details, please call 520-305-3410.
Memory Cafés are a judgment-free safe meeting place designed to lessen the feelings of social isolation for people living with dementia and their caregivers. Trained volunteers focus on the participants interests and abilities rather than deficits caused by the disease. Memory Cafés are held both in person and virtually. For more details, please call 520-790-7573, ext. 1739.