Want to help others but not sure what you can do? You don’t need to have a specific skill, or even a lot of time. AARP Massachusetts has a wide range of volunteer opportunities – and they all have one thing in common: making a difference. Find ways to give back – to your loved ones, to your community, and to society at large.
In Massachusetts, more than 2,000 members are engaged as volunteers with AARP community service programs, and tens of thousands more help advance issues and make their voices heard through e-advocacy.
Help make Massachusetts roads safer
“There are so many wonderful and talented people who are willing to volunteer their time and energy providing older drivers with valuable information that will make them safe drivers,” Janet O’Connor, statewide coordinator, AARP Driver Safety.
Taught and administered by volunteers, AARP Driver Safety has helped millions of drivers remain safe on the road.
- Update drivers on the rules of the road by teaching a classroom refresher course.
- Become a volunteer leader for the program in your community.
Help residents with low-incomes balance their budget
"You need to have a lot of patience, but if you're balancing your own checkbook, you can help someone with theirs," Dennis Johnson, volunteer, Massachusetts Money Management Program.
Co-sponsored by the AARP Foundation, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and Mass Home Care, the Massachusetts Money Management Program helps seniors and younger persons with disabilities manage their finances and pay their bills.
- Work one-on-one with an older or disabled individual to help him/her manage financial matters.
Assist low- and middle-income residents with their taxes
“There is a great personal satisfaction in providing a service that clients are so grateful to receive, which is enhanced even further because it’s for free, with no economic strings attached,” Russell Boutiette, volunteer, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide.
The nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide serves low- and middle-income taxpayers with special attention to those age 60 and older. The AARP Foundation administers the program in cooperation with the IRS.
- Help residents prepare their 2012 tax returns.
- Volunteer as a counselor or serve in a leadership role.