Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering to support the City’s COVID-19 efforts, please sign up with New York Cares. You will be contacted as volunteer opportunities arise.
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If you want to make a difference in the life of an older adult or you are an older adult who wants to give back, volunteering is a wonderful option. To become a volunteer, browse the volunteer opportunities below and fill out the DFTA Volunteer Interest Form or call Aging Connect at 212-244-6469 for more information.

Every completed volunteer interest form is carefully reviewed by staff. Please allow appropriate response time.

All volunteers must:

  • Be age 21 or older
  • Pass a background check (a Social Security number is required)
  • Be patient with and kind to older adults
  • Be dependable, punctual, and flexible with scheduling
  • Maintain the confidentiality of people served
  • Meet requirements of specific volunteer opportunities

If you are a community-based organization with volunteer opportunities and would like to be included on our list, please fill out this form.

Volunteer with DFTA:

Friendly Visiting

Friendly Visiting is for homebound older adults, who have health challenges. Volunteers visit the older adult in their home to talk about shared interests and experiences, forming friendships in the process. Due to COVID-19, volunteers are currently maintaining social distancing guidelines and are connecting with their matches by phone and video calls.


Friendly VOICES

The Friendly VOICES program is for older adults who are isolated for reasons other than individual health challenges (such as COVID-19). Volunteers are matched with older adults and keep in touch by calling them via phone or video calls. The older adult also has the option to join a virtual group or be matched with a peer close to their age.


Foster Grandparent

Are you patient, kind, and would enjoy mentoring a child? The Foster Grandparent Program is part of the National Senior Corps program, which places low-income older adults in community settings, including hospitals, day cares, elementary schools, after-school programs, Head Start, and more. Volunteers are paid a modest stipend to mentor and care for infants and children with special needs. They often help with math, reading, and other subjects. Volunteers must be 55 or older and be able to give 20 hours of their time each week.


Health Insurance Information, Counseling, and Assistance Program (HIICAP)

HIICAP is New York City’s source for reliable information about Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D. Volunteers are trained to assist callers with questions about Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Medigap), Medicare Advantage, and help applying for the Extra Help program to cover expenses.

Requirements and skills:

  • Comply with monthly reporting requirements
  • Provide unbiased counsel on Medicare options; not open to insurance marketers
  • Complete extensive training and mentoring process, and pass a state annual exam
  • Serve a minimum of one day, four to six hours per week
  • Minimum one-year commitment required

Health Promotion

Keep On Track

To help older adults recognize and control their blood pressure, volunteers are trained to offer monthly blood pressure monitoring sessions at senior centers.

Volunteers take blood pressure measurements using automatic monitors, explain what the numbers mean to participants, and determine when a participant should be advised to see their health care provider based on protocol.


STAY WELL

Stay Well is a curriculum-based fitness program for older adults. Volunteers are trained to offer the bi-weekly, 1 hour Stay Well classes at senior centers. The classes can accommodate older adults of all skill, mobility, and fitness levels and include aerobic exercises and routines designed to enhance balance, build strength, and aid in the performance of the daily tasks.


Alert & Alive

Alert and Alive is a group discussion-based program that creates a safe space for older adults to share their thoughts and feelings related to aging and their life experiences. Older adult volunteers are trained to establish and lead a discussion group with other older adults at a senior center.


Partner to Partner

The Partner to Partner program trains volunteers to support individuals who may be struggling with loneliness, loss, or other issues. Volunteers are trained to speak with older adults through confidential, one-on-one conversation.


Volunteer with Community Partners:

Unique Opportunities

Aging Connect offers an array of one-time volunteer opportunities that range from volunteering at food pantries to helping with registration at conferences, resource fairs, and special events that take place across the City. These are great volunteer opportunities for people with fluctuating schedules.