Volunteer Resource Center

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 the people served
  • Meet requirements of specific volunteer opportunities
  • Complete the DFTA volunteer application
  • DFTA Volunteer Opportunities:

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    Short-Term Opportunities

    The Department for the Aging (DFTA) has opportunities that vary based on tasks and length of service. They have included helping in local senior centers during the holidays, volunteering at food pantries, conducting blood pressure screenings, providing office support, and helping at events.

    Long-Term Opportunity – Recruitment is currently closed

    The Health Insurance Information, Counseling, and Assistance Program (HIICAP) helps older New Yorkers make informed decisions about Medicare plan options.

    Requirements and skills:

    • Provide unbiased counsel on Medicare options; not open to insurance marketers
    • Comply with monthly reporting requirements
    • 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

    Volunteer With Community Partners:

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    Friendly Visiting Program

    DFTA works with Citymeals on Wheels and case-management agencies to connect volunteers with homebound New Yorkers for in-home visits. Participants form friendships and increase intergenerational understanding.

    Requirements and skills:

    Senior Centers and Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities

    Opportunities are available with DFTA partners in each of the five boroughs. Volunteer opportunities may include leading classes, performing kitchen or meal duties, and performing administrative tasks.