Please check all of the volunteer positions that you are interested in:
Friendly Visitor- Meet with an elder in his/her home to relieve loneliness, provide companionship, and share interests. Hours: 1–2 hours per week; 6 month commitment. Medical Escort- Escort an elder to a
medical appointment and back to his/her home.
Hours: On-call basis with
the right to decline; generally 2–3 hours per week; 3 month commitment. Shopper/Shopping Escort- Shop with or for a
senior and assist in storing items at their home.
Hours: 1–2 hours per week;
6 month commitment . Telephone Reassurance
Caller- Make telephone calls to elders on a weekly basis
to help relieve loneliness and check on their well-being. Hours: Flexible hours; 3
month commitment. Computer Coach- Work one-on-one with seniors in their homes to help them learn to use the computer; topics of instructions include basics, email, Skype, Microsoft Word, and the internet! Hours: 1 hour per week for 6 weeks. Long-Term Care
Ombudsman- Advocate for residents in long-term care
care facilities, resolve complaints, monitor Federal & State laws regarding
residents’ rights. Vehicle is essential.
Hours: 2– 3 hours per week
between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm; 1 year commitment.
Training and supervision: A 3
full-day training provided by the state; 6 month probation period with
supervision from staff. Money Manager- Assist an elderly or disabled person to manage
their finances by developing a budget, helping with check writing, and
balancing their checkbook. Hours: Once a month, flexible hours.
Training and Supervision: A one-time individual training is provided SHINE (Serving the
Health Insurance Needs for Everyone) Counselor- Improve the lives of people who are
Medicare-eligible by providing information and assistance through direct in
person and over the phone counseling at Ethos and community centers throughout Boston.
Hours: 1-5 hours per week
Training and Supervision: Extensive, weekly training for 6 weeks;
must pass a certification exam. Healthy Aging Course 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
Hours: Generally 2–3 hours per week; 6 month commitment.
Training and supervision: Group training in each Health Aging course required; weekly supervision and support is provided to guarantee the
workshops’ success. 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.
Hours: Varies by meal site and volunteer role
Work on special projects, update databases, copy and file papers, or answer
phones at Ethos.
Hours: 2–20 hours per
week; 3 month commitment.
Training and supervision: Varies
per placement. Office Assistant- 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. Ethos also offers field placement opportunities for graduate-level Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, and Clinical Psychology students. Hours: Varies per
Training and supervision: Varies
per internship .