Your volunteer potential has never been stronger and the need has never been greater. When you volunteer, you're not just helping others - you're helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. It's time to get involved!
Aging Partners has supported the community by linking volunteers to service opportunities based on their talents, interests and availability since 1973. The contribution of skills, knowledge and experience make a real difference to individuals, non-profits, faith-based and other community organizations.
Aging Partners has four volunteer programs that can connect you to an opportunity to make a difference in your community right here in Lincoln and Lancaster County.
Foster Grandparent Program (FGP)
Share Today. Shape Tomorrow.
In 1997, Aging Partners brought the Foster Grandparent Program to Lincoln and Lancaster County. As a Foster Grandparent, you're a role model, a mentor and a friend - serving at one of hundreds of local organizations-including faith-based groups, Head Start program, schools and other youth facilities. You help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring and guide children at a critical time in their lives. Put simply, you set a child on the path toward a successful future.
If you are 55 and over and would like to share your experience and compassion and are willing to serve at least 15 hours per week, call Aging Partners Volunteer Programs at 402-441-7026 for details or to registers.
Guardian & Conservators Program
Due to advanced age and impairments, some older people experience difficulties managing their financial and personal affairs. The Lincoln Chapter of The Omaha Guardian/Conservator Program was formed to help find volunteers that were willing to become guardians and or conservators for older adults in the community. This is a non profit program which helps adults 50 and over who are disabled, have no family and no funds to act on their behalf as Guardian/Conservator.
The community has identified the lack of Guardians/Conservators as one of the most difficult problems facings agencies, hospitals and the courts. Area attorneys are handling as many as 30-50 cases that are in need of this service. If you are an older adult and you are ill and unable to make reasonable decisions for yourself and without an interested family member, you can and may end up homeless or without food or medical care.
Volunteers are trained and supported by two attorneys, case managers and other agency contacts within the community to be Guardian/Conservators. The older adults which are served in this program could be in a nursing home, assisted living facility or in the community. Regular trainings are held on issues pertaining to court paperwork and other services in the community. A quarterly meeting is held to meet with the volunteers and discuss case issues. Volunteers get the opportunity to interact with each other and learn about all the different situations that they are involved.
If you are interested in an important volunteer opportunity contact Joanne Farrell at 402-441-7070.
Ombudsmen are highly trained advocates that utilize negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution skills. Volunteers visit residents that live in nursing homes and assisted living communities to listen to their needs and concerns. An initial 20 hour training is required to prepare new volunteers to become effective Nebraska State Certified Ombudsmen.
Become part of a reputable program that is helping improve the lives and quality of care of vulnerable adults. Volunteers determine their own flexible work schedule by working only two hours per week in their designated facility. This is ideal for those who are still in the work force, college students looking for professional work experience, and community focused retired individuals.
To apply, download the Ombudsman Application.
Senior Medicare Patrol Project (SMP) Volunteer
The opportunities are endless for people interested in becoming SMP volunteers. The Senior Medicare Patrol Project provides education on ways to protect Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries from fraud, waste and error.
To apply, download the SMP Application.
For more information contact Tami Barrett, SMP Coordinator at 402-441-7070.