The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), as partners of the Aging Network Volunteer Collaborative, have launched the Got an Hour? Give it Back Campaign to encourage community members to volunteer within the aging network.
According to a 2011 report from the U.S. Administration on Aging, there are roughly 11 million seniors living alone in their homes and nearly 1.5 million seniors in nursing homes at any given time. Programs set up through the state and localities, many of which are funded through the Older Americans Act, offer opportunities for these individuals to receive services, and meals, as well as programs to keep them busy and social. These programs thrive on volunteers giving back some of their time to the older adults in their community.
The Got an Hour? Give it Back Campaign was developed to help local agencies throughout the country attract volunteers to programs that work with seniors. The campaign provides downloadable materials, webinars, and a search tool to help connect prospective volunteers with opportunities and programs in their neighborhood.
The Campaign’s website: www.GiveitBacktoSeniors.org includes a search tool for individuals to find local volunteer opportunities with seniors in their neighborhoods. The search tool works in connection with the website www.volunteermatch.org. Local programs have been encouraged to post their volunteer opportunities on VolunteerMatch.org. Volunteers can then be connected with programs in their backyards. These opportunities can be one-time special events, such as a Senior Fair or on-going projects – any way your agency can use some assistance.
The Aging Network Volunteer Collaborative hopes the materials and resources offered through this campaign will be useful in bringing new people to volunteer with seniors in their communities.
For any questions about the Got an Hour? Give it Back Campaign, feel free to contact Rachel Feldman:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or 202-898-2578.