ADOPT-A-ROOM: We are looking for people to be responsible for one room here at the COA. This would include a cleaning twice a year, periodic cleaning and polishing of wood, trim, etc. Budget restraints are such that we cannot allocate personnel to do this type of cleaning and we want to keep the building in the best shape possible.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Food distribution is done every other month through Lower Cape Outreach in Orleans. Also, we get a “2-day pack” from St. Joan of Arc for distribution, generally in May and November. A volunteer would pick up the bags and drive to approximately 20-25 homes to deliver them. Our COA medical van can be used to help make the deliveries.
FRIENDLY VISITOR PROGRAM - Our Friendly Visitor Program is set up for Brewster senior citizens who are either generally shut in or temporarily unable to participate in community activities. Volunteers provide companionship, stimulation and contact with the community by visiting seniors in their home on a weekly basis. For more information, contact Marilyn Dearborn at 508-896-2737.
FUNDRAISING: Assist in the development of fund raising projects at various times during the year.
GRANT WRITING: We are looking for someone willing to research and apply for the many grants available for Senior Centers.
HOLIDAY DECORATING – Volunteers are needed to help here at the Council on Aging to decorate our Main Room for various holidays. Decorations are provided; we only need the manpower to actually do the decorating.
KITCHEN CREW: The Kitchen Crew helps put together the bread and desserts in order to pack the meals in the coolers to be delivered to our homebound seniors. There are three routes here in Brewster. Next, starting about 10am, the food for Senior Dining starts to be heated and the Dining room is set up for lunch at 11:45AM Monday through Friday. After lunch, the Crew helps with dishes and cleans up.
MEDICAL APPOINTMENT DRIVERS: If you enjoy driving, come in and sign up to be a Volunteer Medical Driver. You will be using your personal car. Your ride to a medical appointment will include your attention of helping the senior into your car and delivering them to their doctor’s appointment. Sometimes you might be asked to stop at the pharmacy on the way home to pick up a prescription. It is an on-call basis, so you drive when it works with your schedule. Stop into the COA for more information.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SHED MAINTENANCE: Our medical shed can be a very busy place. People are constantly taking and returning equipment. We also get alot of donations from people who do not need this type of equipment anymore. Generally, the medical shed needs to be “Cleaned Out” on a monthly basis. Someone needs to check the equipment to make sure that it is in perfect working condition. The equipment is also placed in a way that will make it easy for our clients to safely find what they are looking for.
MEALS ON WHEELS DRIVERS: Meals on Wheels Drivers arrive about 9:45am and leave the building around 10am to go out and deliver the meals on their route. New drivers, along with the Kitchen Crew, are always trained and assisted until they feel comfortable to be on their own. Meals on Wheels Drivers are reimbursed partially for their mileage.
NEWSLETTER ASSEMBLY: This group meets once a month to help label, fold and tape the newsletters in preparation to mailing it out to our clients.
OFFICE WORK: Volunteers are needed periodically to help answer phones, make appointments and various other simple office tasks.
PUBLICITY: Help get the word out about all the programs that are happening here at your COA. We need someone willing to work on getting newspaper coverage of some of the special things as well as the ordinary day to day happenings.
SENIOR CITIZEN REAL ESTATE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM: This program will provide our Brewster citizen’s age 60 and older the opportunity to abate their annual property tax bill by $500. (to be credited to upcoming bills received within the fiscal year following when the volunteer service is provided), by performing a minimum of 62.5 hours of approved service per fiscal year (July 1st – June 30th) for the Town of Brewster. This program recognizes that many of our seniors can provide a wealth of knowledge and skills from which the Town could benefit in its various departmental needs. Stop into the COA for financial guidelines and application packet.
THRIFT SHOP: Our Sea Captain’s Thrift Shop, located behind the COA in the old Water Dept building, is always looking for volunteers to help sort the clothes, organize the racks and work the counter. If you would like to give a few hours a week and would like to get more information, please call 508-896-8180. Their hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 3pm.