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Make a senior smile! Volunteers have been a critical component of Ethos’ mission to keep elders living at home with dignity and independence.

Each year, over 500 community volunteers contribute over one million dollars’ worth of service with Ethos, visiting elders in their homes, helping with grocery shopping, serving lunch at community cafes, raking leaves, helping with monthly financial management, and so much more!

We invite you to join this committed corps volunteers who each day demonstrate the meaning of care, compassion and community for hundreds of homebound elders.

Our volunteer opportunities occur primarily in Southwest Boston; Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale and West Roxbury, with select volunteer opportunities citywide. Ethos offers a range of programs that can fit into any schedule or volunteering preference including individual, group, and one-time volunteer opportunities.

To get involved, please fill out our online application or contact Tierra Jackson, Volunteer Coordinator, at 617-522-6700 x540 or tjackson@ethocare.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer in Southwest Boston: Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, and West Roxbury

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION REQUIRED SKILLS/TRAINING HOURS/REQUIREMENTS
Friendly Visitor Visit an elder in their own home to provide companionship, share interests, and relieve loneliness Listening skills
Communication
1 hour/week
Flexible hours
6 month minimum commitment
Medical Escort Accompany an elder to and from medical appointments Punctuality On-call basis (with the right to decline)
2-3 hours/week
6 month minimum commitment
Shopper/Shopping Escort Shop for or with an elder and assist with storing items Access to a vehicle and valid driver’s license 1-2 hours/week
Flexible hours
6 month minimum commitment
Telephone Reassurance Caller Make telephone calls to elders to check on their well-being and relieve loneliness Communication 1 call/week
Flexible hours
3 month minimum commitment

Volunteer throughout Boston

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION REQUIRED SKILLS/TRAINING HOURS/REQUIREMENTS
Healthy Aging Workshop Leader Demonstrate your leadership skills and teach one of our evidence-based programs!  Our Healthy Aging programs help elders prevent or delay chronic diseases, learn skills and gain confidence to manage their health and live healthier, active lives. Comfort with public speaking
2-4 day training in Evidence Based Program Curriculum
Generally 2-3 hours/week
6 month minimum commitment
Group trainings in each Health Aging course are required
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Advocate for residents in long-term care facilities and helps to resolve their complaints and concerns. Communication
Negotiating
Problem Solving & Analytical Skills
Access to a vehicle and valid driver’s license
3 full-day training provided by the state
6 month probation period with supervision by the staff
2-3 hours/week
Flexible hours
1 year minimum commitment
Money Manager Assist an elderly or disabled person with managing their finance, by developing a budget, balancing their checkbooks and helping with check writing. Budgeting
Bill Paying
Communication
One-time individual training provided
1-2 hours, once per month
Flexible hours
6 month minimum commitment
SHINE Counselor
(Serving the Health Insurance Needs for Everyone)
Improve the lives of people who are Medicare-eligible by providing information and assistance through direct in person and over the phone counseling at community centers as well as Aging Service Access Points throughout Boston. Analytical Skills
Communication
Detail-orientated
Extensive 6 week training; must pass a certification exam
1-5 hours/week
1 year minimum commitment
Nutrition Program Ethos holds over 20 daily, weekly, and monthly community cafes where local seniors can drop in for a free nutritious meal and some socialization.  Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve meals, socialize with seniors, and clean up after the meals. Communication Hours vary by meal site
3 month minimum commitment

Volunteer at Ethos’ Jamaica Plain Office

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION REQUIRED SKILLS/TRAINING HOURS/REQUIREMENTS
Intern Internship needs vary dependent upon season and current agency need.  Potential internship focuses include marketing and communication, website development, community organizing and volunteer recruitment. Communication
Organization
Opportunities available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
3 month minimum commitment
Office Assistant Assist with special projects, update databases, copy and file papers, or answer phones at Ethos. Clerical/Administrative
Organization
Communication
Opportunities available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
3 month minimum commitment

Seasonal/One Time Volunteer Opportunities: Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, and West Roxbury

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION REQUIRED SKILLS/TRAINING HOURS/REQUIREMENTS
Thanksgiving Meal Deliverer Deliver meals to homebound elders on Thanksgiving Day Communication 2-3 hours in the morning on Thanksgiving Day
Yard Work Helper Each Spring and Fall, Ethos sends volunteer to assist our elderly neighbors with raking, planting, and other light yard work.  Help a senior beautify their yard! Communication
Ability to rake leaves or plat flowers
About 3 hours per yard
Flexible hours
Group Volunteer Group volunteer opportunities are constantly evolving.  In the past, volunteer groups have helped elders move out of their homes, assisted with light yard work, distributed flyers and completed small home maintenance projects.  Individuals are encouraged to participate with friends, family, or co-workers! Service Skills
Group Collaboration
Hours and commitment vary based on project
Card Making Make greeting cards to be sent out to homebound and isolated elders with their daily Meals on Wheels delivery!  This can be done at your own location and mailed to us, or bring a group to Ethos’ office! Creativity Flexible scheduling
No commitment
Event Support Help set up, greet elderly guests, serve meals, and clean up at Ethos many social and educational events for seniors! Friendliness
Service Skills
Group Collaboration
Hours and commitment vary by event
Other Share your individual skills and interests with Ethos clients! Hours and commitment vary based on project