How Can I be More Involved in My Community?

There are many exciting opportunities for you to become active in your community.

If you are interested in learning more, call the Senior LinkAge Line®: Link to a Local Aging Expert at 1-800-333-2433. They will provide you with additional and more specific information about services and the agencies and organizations that provide them. You can also access information at the MinnesotaHelp.info® website.

Active Service

Participating on work groups, committees and other assignments (most are time limited), where individual’s skills, experience and support will help shape services for older adults in the future.

Education

Opportunities for older adults to enhance their knowledge are available throughout the region in a variety of settings.

Elderhostel

An educational opportunity for persons 55 and older offered at many universities and colleges. Typically professional educators teach weeklong courses and the group of hostellers stay on campus.

Foster Grandparents

The Foster Grandparent Program provides the opportunity for volunteers age 55 and over to make a lasting difference in the lives of children and youth. Foster Grandparents positively influence children and youth in a variety of settings, including elementary schools, preschools, shelters, childcare centers and juvenile detention centers

Senior Centers/Clubs

Provide opportunities for older adults through a variety of recreational, educational and informational programming. Some senior centers also sponsor direct services such as congregate dining, volunteer programs and tax assistance.

Senior Companion Program

A volunteer program that provides a stipend. Volunteers befriend older adults who need support when family members cannot be there and provide a regular presence to people who are isolated.

Senior Employment Programs

Provide training, counseling and employment opportunities for older people with limited income and assets. Programs often provide job training and support with the goal of moving individuals into the regular job market.

Volunteer Opportunities

Many organizations offer opportunities for meaningful volunteer work. Programs may provide training, supervision and support to the volunteer who wants to lend a hand to others. Reimbursement for mileage, meals and other expenses may be provided.

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