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Two volunteer opportunities to help make the world a better place

Volunteer with Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Next free training: March 27, 28, and 29, 2019, Springfield, Mass.

Sept 2017 AVS Linda Ackerman Ombudsman Volunteer photo WEBLinda Ackerman, volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman, visits with Richard Boyle, a resident of a local a nursing facility.In just a few hours each week, you can make a big difference in the lives of residents of local nursing facilities and rest homes. By slowing down and really listening to a resident’s concerns, you can find joy in ensuring the residents you speak with have a high quality of care and quality of life.

Interested volunteers must successfully complete the application process, which includes a criminal offence record check (CORI), reference checks, and an interview with the program director, before attending the training. Volunteers are reimbursed for their mileage to and from the facility to which they are assigned. Ongoing support is provided.

For more information or to apply, click here or contact Trevor Boeding, program director, at 413-773-5555 x2241, 978-544-2259 x2241, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteer with Benefits Counseling

Training is ongoing

Benefits counselors with LifePath are volunteers who assist elders and people with disabilities with learning about the benefits to which they are entitled and filling out applications. Volunteer benefits counselors from all over Franklin County and the four Worcester County towns of Athol, Petersham, Phillipston, and Royalston in the North Quabbin help their neighbors access benefits programs offering assistance with home repair, weatherization, fuel assistance, disability modifications, foreclosure protection, utility discounts, and SNAP (food stamps). Usually meeting in an elder’s home or other setting of their choice, the counselors will work with an elder to assess their needs, explain what they can expect, help gather the necessary paperwork, and begin application processes.

For more information or to apply, click here or contact Laurie Deskavich at 413-773-5555 x2211, 978-544-2259 x2211, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Why volunteer with LifePath?

Your life experiences and knowledge are invaluable and can make a difference in our community. Your time, no matter how small, can make a big difference.

The benefits of volunteering with LifePath are numerous:

  • We provide support and free training for volunteers on an ongoing basis.
  • As a volunteer, you will get to meet and connect with other volunteers in your chosen program.
  • Some programs provide free events and other ways to connect with colleagues during the year.
  • LifePath experts provide one-on-one guidance throughout your volunteer experience.
  • Some programs offer mileage reimbursement.

Additional volunteer opportunities are available. Contact us to learn more.