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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers have traditionally been the impetus for many of the programs offered through Social Work and Community Programs. Training is provided. Current volunteer opportunities are:

Advance Directives Peer Volunteer: These volunteers receive training to provide guidance to older adults and their families in completing durable power of attorney for medical decisions and living will documents.

Advisory Committee Members: Volunteers meet periodically with staff in each of the Social Work and Community Programs to provide feedback on patient/service experiences and to offer insight and suggestions for future activities and services; some volunteers assist with fundraising and development.

Friendly Visitor Service: Volunteers visit older persons in their homes for about one hour a week. Supervision is given by a staff social worker and there are opportunities to talk with other friendly visitors.

Hospital Elder Life Program: Volunteers are trained to work with older patients at University Hospital, assisting them with eating, recreation, relaxation and mobility, to prevent delirium and de-conditioning during the hospital stay.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Opportunities include participation in program planning or fundraising committees, teaching, assistance with marketing and publicity, or office support.

Silver Club Memory Programs: Volunteers assist in the program activities at Silver Club, an adult day program for seniors with memory loss, or with the early stage programs.

Special Events: Volunteers help plan and/or conduct special events or presentations that would be sponsored by Social Work and Community Programs, such as health talks, flu clinics, jewelry sales and holiday events.

Turner Senior Resource Center: Volunteers are needed to serve as front desk staff and greeters; computer trainers and mentors; program assistants; older adult resource and information specialists; TSRC Advisory Committee members; and members of the Art Gallery 55+ committee and other ad hoc committees.

Volunteers will register with the University of Michigan Health System’s volunteer services department. To inquire about volunteering, contact:

Geriatrics Center Clinics Social Work Office Barbara Zaret (734) 998-9353
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M Abbie Lawrence-Jacobson (734) 998-9351
Silver Club Memory Programs Douglas Dault (734) 998-9352
Turner Senior Resource Center (TSRC) Barbara Zaret (734) 998-9353
Hospital Elder Life Program Amanda Schoettinger (734) 936-5964