The Gold Key Volunteer Program provides opportunities for individuals of all ages to volunteer their time and talents to assist Older Adults throughout Isabella County. Our Volunteers are a vital part of the Commission on Aging. The 550+ registered volunteers form the backbone of our agency and provide a valuable resource to all the programs and services of the Commission on Aging.
All Gold Key Volunteers go through an orientation meeting with the Program Coordinator. A registration form is completed and with the permission of the volunteer a criminal background check and a check of the volunteer’s driving record is completed with the Michigan State Police.
Be a companion to an Older Adult who seeks social interaction but cannot leave the house alone. Weekly visits are tailored to the needs and interests of both the visitor and the client. Time spent with the client may vary. Activities may include reading, playing games, talking, writing letters, watching TV or crafts. Planned outings to events or shopping are encouraged when appropriate.
Help an Older Adult with grocery shopping weekly or biweekly. May shop alone or with the client.
Use your own vehicle to transport Older Adults to scheduled doctors’ appointments, medical facilities, or food sites. You must have a good driving record, proper insurance, a valid drivers license, a vehicle in adequate repair and knowledge of our city and county area. The Commission on Aging Gold Key program arranges all transportation and provides monthly mileage reimbursement.
Use your own transportation to deliver lunchtime meals to homebound Older Adults one day per week. Mileage reimbursement is provided.
Volunteers work 11-2 or 2-5 shift at local animal shelter to staff an information desk, answer HATS phone line, return calls, take messages, greet visitors, become familiar with animals available for adoption, assist visitors with animals and adoption process.