Volunteers provide vital services to others and the community. They generously give their time and effort and deserve our heartfelt appreciation.

There are many benefits associated with volunteering. Volunteers may enjoy better health, have lower rates of depression and tend to be more active. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, build new friendships, and learn new skills while helping to improve the lives of others.

At Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) our Volunteer Program recruits people of all ages for volunteer opportunities at nonprofits, town agencies, schools, and other community organizations.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Plymouth County is an OCES program for volunteers age 55 and older, and is part of the National Senior Corps volunteer network.

Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering, service and civic engagement.

OCES has a Volunteer Center in our Plymouth office at 204 South Meadow Road.  The Center is a designated space for volunteers to work together on specific projects, such as Letter Writing to Troops for National Days of Service and Remembrance. It is also a place for prospective volunteers to talk one-on-one with Volunteer Program staff who can assist them in their search for volunteering opportunities that fit their skills and interests.

Here are a few examples of volunteer opportunities:

  • Support OCES’ Nutrition Program by delivering Meals on Wheels.
  • Support OCES’ Money Management Program by helping someone balance their budget and pay their bills on time.
  • Help local school children in grades K-3 practice and improve their reading skills. Tutor one-on-one, in small groups or in the classroom between October and May.

April is National Volunteer Month, where we celebrate volunteers of all ages for the important contributions they make in the community.

Thank you to all who volunteer and make life better for everyone!