Volunteer

Rocking ChairsWe could not possibly fulfill our mission without the help of our more than 100 volunteers. And the reality is that some of our programs would not exist without volunteer support. If you like helping people—especially seniors—you might consider donating a few hours of time each week or each month to one of our programs—such as Money Management, Long-term Care Ombudsman, or Community Café—or offering assistance on an as-needed basis in our offices or at special events.

Criminal history background checks are part of the GLSS employment process, including volunteers. There are multiple ways to get connected.

Call our Information & Referral staff and ask for the volunteer coordinator: 781-599-0110.

Sign up for our Volunteer Alert Newsletter by clicking the link and choosing the Volunteer option.

 


Current opening:

We have a couple of vacancies on the Greater Lynn Senior Services Advisory Council and invite anyone interested (especially people who are 60+ years of age) in representing the interests of older persons from Lynn, Lynnfield, Saugus, Swampscott and Nahant to consider membership.

 

Why volunteer with GLSS?

Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS) is the designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for the five-town area of Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, and Swampscott. Functioning as the area’s AAA, GLSS receives federal funds through Title III of the Older Americans Act to plan, coordinate and administer services for seniors in the Greater Lynn service area. As part of its AAA function, GLSS maintains an Advisory Council.

 

What is an Advisory Council?

The GLSS Advisory Council is a voluntary group of citizens that serve as a critical link between GLSS and the elder community. The mission of the GLSS Advisory Council is to represent the interests of seniors in the five communities that we service.

 

What would I do as a volunteer/member?

Specific Advisory Council functions include:

·         Attend at least six monthly meetings each year at GLSS

·         Bring to the attention of GLSS staff and Board of Directors relevant community issues and concerns

·         Review the process whereby priority service needs of area elders is determined

·         Review and monitor GLSS programs funded by Title III of the Older Americans Act

·         Review the process whereby service providers are identified for agency Title III funded programs

·         Review GLSS policies as they relate to the Older Americans Act

 

How do I get more information?

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving more information about the GLSS Advisory Council, please contact Susan Thomas, Planning Coordinator at sthomas@glss.net or (781) 477-6707. 


Current Opening:


Are you or anyone you know interested in helping make a difference in the lives of those living in long-term care settings?

Volunteer ombudsmen visit and listen to residents' concerns as well as problem-solve. Many residents of long-term care facilities sometimes have little or no contact with the outside world and some have few visitors. An ombudsman volunteer who visits regularly can make a huge difference in the quality of life of a resident.

If so, becoming a state trained and certified Ombudsman may be the right choice for you.

 Ombudsmen:

·         are advocates for those living in local nursing and rest homes

·         investigate and help resolve residents’ complaints

·         empower residents to help themselves

·         educate residents and family members about their rights

·         work to ensure facilities are fulfilling their responsibilities and meeting the residents’ needs

If you are interested in volunteering in Lynn, contact:

Jillian O’Brien
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Director
Phone: 781-586-8548
JO'Brien@glss.net