Be A Volunteer

 

Volunteer Opportunities

As a volunteer-based organization, we rely on volunteers for all of our programs and services. Whether you have just a few hours a year to several hours a week, Little Brothers may be a place for you. Volunteers must be over the age of 18 or minors accompanied by an adult family member or friend.  We also have a few opportunities for large groups to volunteer.

Friendly Visiting Program

Sign up as a Visiting Volunteer if you want to create a lasting friendship with an elder. Your commitment to visit your elder at least twice a month helps to relieve their isolation and loneliness. We ask you to commit to this program for one year but the time you commit per month is flexible and can accommodate your busy schedule. This is also an opportunity for your whole family and to introduce your children to volunteering.

Social Activities

We provide numerous social activities throughout the year for our elderly friends. Activities vary with the season but usually include movie matinees, inter-generational programs,  picnics, historical tours, and theatrical experiences. We celebrate birthdays and small holidays including Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Halloween. Volunteers are needed to prepare food, set up the dining hall, serve the guests, clean the dining hall, provide transportation, and provide home visits. Your time commitment is based on your preferred volunteer role or roles and may last anywhere from two to seven hours at a location near you.

Holiday Celebrations

Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles each Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Each holiday we prepare a traditional meal for over 800 elders and 400 volunteers at 12 sites in a five county area. We require volunteers to prepare food, set up the dining hall, serve the guests, clean the dining hall, and provide transportation. Your time commitment is based on your preferred volunteer role or roles and may last anywhere from two to seven hours at a site near you.

Medical Transportation Program

Volunteer Drivers provide our elderly friends with door-through-door transportation (picking up passengers at the door of their home and delivering them to the door of their destination) to their medical appointments. Each transport requires approximately three hours of your time in a five to thirty mile radius. We also need Volunteer Drivers to provide our elderly friends transportation to our nearest regional hospital in Marquette 100 miles away.

Firewood Program

Volunteers are needed to chop, split, stack and deliver firewood to our elderly friends who heat their homes with wood. This is an ideal opportunity for large groups such as fraternities, church youth groups, or service groups to volunteer. This volunteer opportunity requires 2-3 hours of physically demanding work and volunteers should be in good health and follow all safety precautions.

Food Assistance Program

About 100 bags of non-perishable food are packed each month for our elderly friends in need. Volunteers are needed to assist with filling the bags or deliver the bags to the homes of our elderly friends. The bags are packed and ready to be distributed the third Wednesday of each month. Delivery volunteers are asked to deliver a few bags a month with a short visit with the elderly friend.

Medical Equipment Loan Program

We loan out commonly-needed equipment such as walkers, canes, wheelchairs, shower seats and other assistive devices to any area senior for as long as they need it at no cost. Volunteers are needed to inventory, inspect, and clean the equipment about once or twice a month .

Office Support

We ask Volunteer Receptionists to commit to answer and make phone calls and perform various office tasks for four hours once or twice per week. Additional volunteer opportunities including help with filing and mailings have flexible hours and dates.

How To Apply?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly.

Please start by filling out and submitting a Volunteer Application* and plan on attending the next Volunteer Orientation Meeting. Volunteer Orientations are usually held on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 6pm to 7pm. There are no volunteer orientations the months of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

*The volunteer application is an Adobe PDF fillable form. You may need to check that you have the most up-to-date version. You can check here using this link. If you can’t successfully save your edits, you can print the filled out form and mail it to:

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
Carol Korpela, Program Director
527 Hancock Street
Hancock, MI 49930
 

If you have specific questions about volunteering, please call Carol Korpela, Program Director at 906-482-6944 or email ckorpela.hou@littlebrothers.org.