Volunteer opportunities at The Commons and in the Highlands Region
If you’re wondering what you can do to “give back,” or if you miss a sense of vitality in your own life, you might seriously consider volunteering as your next great endeavor.
It now appears that in addition to “giving back,” seniors reap many benefits from volunteering. Volunteering makes you feel like you are accomplishing something, that you are helping people. Volunteering also gives you the opportunity to meet people, make new friends and get out of the house. You can volunteer a day or two a week or in some cases even a few hours a day.
Evidence shows that older persons who volunteer live longer and live better. The sense of satisfaction in “serving,” the meaningful connection to others, the pleasure in having something interesting to do each day – all these have a positive impact on health and vitality.
Make a difference in your community: become a volunteer.
Foster Grandparents are income-eligible volunteers aged 55 and over who work 15 to 40 hours a week with disabled, disadvantaged and developmentally delayed children in one-on-one and small group settings in sites such as schools, hospitals and Head Start centers. Benefits include a stipend for hours worked, paid holidays, earned time and assistance with transportation and meals.
For more information, call 207-973- 3684 or
1-800-215-4942 or contact Penquis.
Pine Tree Hospice honors life and offers comfort with dignity to people of any age living with a progressive life-limiting illness. Pine Tree Hospice trains and supports its volunteers and staff to compassionately offer care to individuals and their caregivers at this important time in life. for information on how to become a volunteer contact Pine Tree Hospice.
RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. You can use the skills and talents you’ve learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within your community. For information contact Penquis.
Volunteer Drivers – Penquis has an immediate need for volunteer drivers! We transport folks from all over Penobscot and Piscatquis counties to qualifying appointments. Volunteers operate their own vehicles and are reimbursed for mileage, at a rate of at least $.41 per mile. The volunteer donates time and driving skills. For more information, please contact Christopher Childs at firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.penquis.org/index.php?id=611
Be part of a fun community effort measuring and constructing inexpensive insulating window inserts to reduce heating costs in drafty homes. Meet new people. Everyone can help. All skills taught. Call 992-6822 or go to https://signup.com/group/795676978062
BECOME A HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER! Help with In-hospital transportation; clerical assistance; mail, flowers and daily delivery, serve as escorts for newly admitted patients; discharge patients; run errands for hospital staff; serve as cashier in the cafeteria; help the medical teams on early morning routines; operate the gift cabinet; and run the information desk in the lobby. Rewarding and get to meet a lot of people. Call 564-8401 ext. 344
Help with tickets, concessions, events, or on a committee. Support the organization making arts, culture, education & entertainment accessible to our rural communities. Click Here or Call: (207) 564-8943
These are just a few of the volunteering possibilities in the Highlands/Penquis region. But personal volunteering is as easy as checking in on a neighbor or making a meal for someone who just got out of the hospital. Let's become a community of neighbors who help each other. It will help you too!