Aging Resources for Volunteer Groups

State and National Aging Services Information

Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services
866-55-AGING (866-552-4464)

U.S. Administration on Aging: Eldercare Locator 
800-677-1116
Connects users to Area Agencies on Aging across the United States

 

Resource Sites & Guides for Faith-Based Volunteer Groups

National Volunteer Caregiving Network
NVCN is an outgrowth of the former Faith in Action National Network, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Although NVCN is a membership organization, the website features several free tools such as Developing an Interfaith Volunteer Caregiving Program: A Start-Up Guide.

Capacity-Building Toolkits for Faith-Based and Community Organizations
This comprehensive resource page, developed by the U.S. Department of Human Services Administration for Children and Families, includes resource guides on topics such as developing partnerships, obtaining and managing public grants, diversifying funding, and conducting community assessments.

Energize, Inc. – Faith-Based Service
National volunteer expert Susan Ellis lists articles, excerpts, books, and websites of interest to people who lead faith-based volunteer projects.

 

Free Organizing Tools for Volunteer Groups

Links are provided as resources for your convenience.  Appearance on this page does not constitute an endorsement of the listed organizations, their websites, or the services and products therein.   

Lotsa Helping Hands – Free Web-Based Community for Creating Circles of Care
Online tool for coordinating volunteer caregiving teams

CareCalendar
Online tool for coordinating volunteer caregiving teams

When to Help 
General site for coordinating volunteer recruitment and scheduling

VolunteerSpot
General site for coordinating volunteer recruitment and scheduling

Lucky Potluck 
Online tool for coordinating potluck food donations and quantities

Meal Train
Online tool for scheduling meal-delivery volunteers

Doodle
Simple polling system for scheduling group meetings

SurveyMonkey
Survey-building site; can be used for identifying and prioritizing community needs, selecting group’s choice of service options, or evaluating project quality

 

Aging-Related Tips for Volunteers

Senior Help Forum: How to Help a Caregiver
Avoid the “how-can-we-help” syndrome by making simple, concrete offers of assistance as described in this article.

Legacy Project: Visiting Nursing Home Residents (for children & teens)
The Legacy Project offers guidelines to help groups specifically prepare children and teens for nursing home visits.  The site includes several activity ideas.

Full Circle of Care:  Dealing with Loss and Grief
Full Circle of Care offers guidance from a variety of sources on how to support people who are bereaved, how to understand the emotional significance of funerals and memorial services, and more

 

Networking & Professional Development Opportunities

Are you looking for resources and best-practices forums to help you develop effective aging services collaborations between community organizations and volunteer groups?  Contact the DHS Division of Aging Services’ Community Affairs Manager to receive statewide announcements.  Write chdunn@dhr.ga.gov or call 404-657-1515.