Volunteer

Volunteers – the heart and soul of our organization

The Golden Age Foundation is run entirely by volunteers and new volunteers are always welcome! We have jobs for all activity levels, including home telephone assignments. Our volunteer jobs range from working one day a year to 2-3 hours weekly commitments. If you want to help our cause, we’ll find a place for you!

Why volunteer?

By volunteering with the Golden Age Foundation, you’ll be able to:

  • Make new friends
  • Work with some of the most wonderful people in Leisure World
  • Get an “emotional paycheck” through helping others
  • Enhance your own healthy aging

More and more studies show that seniors who volunteers have improved physical, mental, and cognitive health.

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What would I do and what are the commitments?

Your volunteer role depends on your interests, your skills, and your availability.

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Hospitality volunteers make friendships working together

Volunteering at the Hospitality Center – The Hospitality Center is open every weekday throughout the year. Volunteers usually work approximately 3 hours a week on one weekday.

  • Requires periods of standing and moving around to make coffee and serve refreshments to guests.
  • Hospitality volunteers, as the name implies, should be friendly hospitable people who love to meet and serve others.

Volunteering for the Income Tax ProgramThe Income Tax program is active from January to mid-April. Volunteers work a half-day on one or more days a week. Income tax volunteers have a variety of jobs, from calling shareholders to make appointments, meeting and greeting shareholders, and preparing tax returns. Volunteers who make appointments work from home and can make calls anytime throughout the day, including evenings.

  • Requires computer skills
  • Ability to complete IRS training and pass competency tests for volunteers who prepare tax returns. All training is provided free of charge.

Volunteering for the Mobility Aids Program – Mobility Aids volunteers help shareholders borrow free walkers and wheelchairs owned by the Golden Age Foundation. Volunteers with this program have several jobs. Call center volunteers work from home on their own schedule, answering phone messages and calling shareholders to advise them about how to borrow mobility aids. Volunteers also staff the office from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. every weekday during which time shareholders come to borrow and return mobility aids. If you want a couple of hours to read or do something on a laptop, staffing the Mobility Aids office is a great option!

Most volunteers have a specific weekday commitment  of approximately 1-2 hours. Some volunteers go out to apartments to pick up mobility aids that are no longer needed; a current driver’s license and mobility are required for this specific job.

Volunteering for the Flu ClinicThe annual flu clinic is a one-day event held in the fall of each year in conjunction with the Leisure World Health Care Center. Golden Age volunteers welcome shareholders and help them prepare for flu shots. Most flu clinic volunteers work several hours on this day, signing shareholders in, and photocopying insurance information. Ability to stand for several hours is required.

Volunteering for the Golden Age Foundation Board of Directors

We are always looking for dynamic people who like to work with others to plan and manage the Foundation’s many programs. The best way to start learning about this volunteer role is to attend one of our monthly Board meetings, held on the 4th Wednesday of each month on the second floor of the Administration Building. All current Golden Age members are invited to observe Board meetings as guests.

How to Get Started

If you are interested in helping, call 562-431-9489….or….

Download and complete this form and take it to the Golden Age Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6 any weekday from 9 to 11 a.m. or to the Golden Age Mobility Aids Office located in Clubhouse 6 (behind the table-tennis area) any weekday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Complete this form and send it via e-mail to: mlhabel@aol.com

Golden Age Foundation Volunteer Application

Name:

Address: Street address, Mutual # and Apartment #

Phone Number(s): Home/Cell

Best time to call:

E-mail address:

Volunteer program you are interested in:

What you are looking for in a volunteer assignment: