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.
Assist with telephone reassurance calls to older adults on a regular basis, following established guidelines.
Volunteers use their sewing, knitting, crocheting and craft skills to create gingerbread and clown dolls for hospitalized children at CMCH; caps for newborn babies; mittens, hats for elementary children; scarves, lap robes, walker bags for nursing home residents; quilts for infants, children and adults. Each year thousands of handmade items are distributed to more than 48 local community service agencies.
Volunteers are entry monitors check ID’s at the Student Activity Center at Central Michigan University, work as equipment attendants and technical assistants in the bowling alley, or assist with clerical projects. Volunteers donate two hours per week or 100 hours per year in exchange for SAC privileges during that time.
Volunteers with home repair or building skills perform minor repairs, install 911 signs, smoke detectors, batteries. Projects improve the safety and security of homes while helping older adults maintain their independence.
Provide assistance to recipients, families or caregivers. One to two day training is required. Work a four hour shift weekly. Volunteer must be available October thru December. Related experience is helpful.