The New Hanover County Senior Resource Center is a one-stop shop for many volunteer opportunities. The center coordinates programs for the Corporation for National Service Senior Corps, a national program that puts the experience and talents of seniors ages 55 and older to work getting things done in the community. Contact the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center for more information on all of the following:
Foster Grandparent Volunteer Program: Foster Grandparents devote their volunteer services to at-risk children from birth to age 18. A one-on-one service, Foster Grandparenting gives you the opportunity to enrich the life of a child by offering emotional support, tutoring and mentoring in an educational environment (school, pre & after-school programs, etc). Foster Grandparents must be age 55 or older, meet certain income eligibility guidelines and receive training. This requires a time commitment of about 20 hours per week. A modest tax-free stipend and reimbursement for some expenses is offered to offset the cost of volunteering.
Computer Training Center for Seniors: Volunteers provide basic and advanced computer training to older adults in New Hanover County. If you are computer literate and would like to volunteer with program coordination or instruction, be sure to get involved with this program.
Retired And Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP): RSVP is a clearinghouse for seniors who want to volunteer in New Hanover County. RSVP Coordinators will match your interests, talents and skills with the needs of the community. RSVP provides more than 80 different opportunities for community service such as tutoring, building houses, theater, gardening, tour guide, parks activities and helping organizations operate more efficiently. If you want to volunteer but aren't sure where to start, RSVP is the place.
Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP):An arm of RSVP, SHIIP utilizes volunteers who are trained by the North Carolina Department of Insurance to help people with Medicare problems and questions about supplemental (Medigap) or long-term care insurance; they also assist with medical claims paperwork and policy comparisons. Volunteers receive a minimum of 40 hours per year training and are schooled in counseling techniques.
Special Needs Registry: This RSVP-sponsored program supports NHC Emergency Management in identifying New Hanover County residents who have special needs and are potentially at greater risk during a disaster. RSVP volunteers personally telephone each person in the Special Needs Registry prior to a disaster and review their disaster plan. Volunteers also help educate registrants on disaster preparedness.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): Extensively trained volunteers assist taxpayers with special needs, including persons with disabilities, non-English speaking persons and seniors. This free service, available from the beginning of February through April 15, is very popular and greatly appreciated. Locally, VITA is sponsored by the Senior Resource Center and RSVP.
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