AmeriCorps Seniors Opportunities

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Muskegon Stations

American Red Cross - Muskegon Site

Service Activity: Providing Services

Description of Allowable Service Activities: “Allies for Health RSVP” will serve at designated station sites in Muskegon and Oceana Counties to help the capacity of the agency to provide support for preventative healthcare services by assisting in the distribution of necessary healthcare products. 

Time Commitment: Minimum of 1 hour per week - one shift per month to stay active.

Volunteer Service Activities: 

To safely transport blood from collection sites to the lab for processing and/or deliver blood or blood to hospital customers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Transport blood from the collection site to Red Cross laboratory
  • Transport finished blood or blood products to hospital customers as routine or “stat” deliveries
  • Pick up empty boxes from hospitals as necessary
  • Deliver supplies to blood collection sites as needed
  • Complete required paperwork and obtain signatures as necessary
  • Communicate with Red Cross staff on feedback from customers or any urgent issues
  • Drive in a safe and responsible manner as a representative of the American Red Cross

Volunteer Skills & Attributes:

  • Willingness to support the Red Cross mission
  • Valid state driver’s license and three years of driving experience
  • Familiarity with geographic area and driving routes
  • Able to verify safe driving record (MVR)
  • Current insurance and state registration required if using own vehicle
  • Ability to lift 45 lbs.
  • Successful completion of American Red Cross Defensive Driving course upon acceptance in position

United Way of the Lakeshore

Service Activity: Providing Services

Description of Allowable Service Activities: “Allies for Health AmeriCorps Seniors” will serve at designated station sites in Muskegon and Oceana Counties to help the capacity of the agency to provide services to clients resulting in greater access to healthy food and increased food security and help to provide other basic needs.

Time Commitment: Varies & Flexible - A minimum of 2 hours per month

Volunteer Service Activities: 

  • Assist in maximizing access to food and nutritional information through Food Truck support and other collections/donation activities
  • Assist in maximizing access to other basic needs
  • Assist in outreach activities to educate the community in healthy, educational, and income stability opportunities
  • Assist in non-campaign funding office support

Volunteer Skills & Attributes:

  • Enjoys working with, and assisting, people
  • Great customer service skills
  • Dependability
  • Some lifting may be necessary
  • No experience necessary
  • Delivery drivers: Comfortable driver, own vehicle

Office Support Skills & Attributes: 

  • Organizational skills
  • Computer skills
  • Great customer service skills
  • Dependability

The Salvation Army

Service Activity: Providing Services

Description of Allowable Service Activities: “Allies for Health RSVP” will serve at designated station sites in Muskegon and Oceana Counties to help the capacity of the agency to provide services to clients resulting in greater access to healthy food and increased food security. 

Time Commitment: Minimum of 2-hour time block, one day per week

Volunteer Service Activities: 

Volunteers efficiently help clients through the steps and procedures for participation in the program, sort and organize the pantry and assist clients while shopping.

Key Responsibilities:

Food Pantry Greeter/Receptionist
  • Greet walk-in clients and direct them to the appropriate area, department, etc.

  • Ensure food pantry clients list name on the sign-in sheet upon arrival

  • Provide clients with preliminary paperwork to complete while in the waiting area

Food Drive Worker
  • Provide support for a variety of tasks (i.e. sorting, collection, etc.)
Food Pantry Worker
  • Bagging and putting out baked goods, fresh produce, and other donations as they are received
  • Putting away food pantry orders and donations
  • After the interview, assist clients with “shopping” in the pantry

Volunteer Skills & Attributes:

  • A volunteer who is interested and enthusiastic
  • Great customer skills
  • Reliable attending scheduled volunteer shifts 

Kids' Food Basket

Service Activity: Providing Services

Description of Allowable Service Activities: “Allies for Health RSVP” will serve at designated station sites (food banks, pantries, distribution centers, emergency kitchens and shelters) in Muskegon County to help increase the capacity of the agency to provide services to clients resulting in greater access to healthy food and increased food security. 

Time Commitment: Varies and Flexible - 1-1.5 hours per week minimum

Volunteer Service Activities: 

To work with a group of 15-30 volunteers making sandwiches, and repacking other healthy snacks, for over 1,200 children to take home, after school, ensuring they have an evening meal Monday through Friday.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Packing/preparing Sack Suppers
  • Delivery of Sack Suppers
  • Food Preparation (open food prep and re-packaging)
  • Decorating brown bags

Volunteer Skills & Attributes:

  • A volunteer who is interested and enthusiastic
  • Reliable attending scheduled volunteer shifts 

AgeWell Services - Muskegon Site

Service Activity: Providing Services

Description of Allowable Service Activities: “Allies for Health RSVP” will serve at designated stations sites in Muskegon and Oceana Counties to help the capacity of the agency to provide support for preventative healthcare services by distributing meals to seniors resulting in greater access to healthy food.  

Time Commitment: 1.5 - 2.5 hours per shift (9:00 - 11:00 AM - each route varies) 

Volunteer Service Activities: 

Provide support to AgeWell Services by helping to transport meals to hundreds of seniors each day in Muskegon County.

Volunteer Skills & Attributes:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Dependability
  • Interest in working with diverse populations and older adults
  • Comfortable driver
  • No experience necessary
  • Background check
  • Drive your own vehicle

AgeWell Services - Muskegon Site

Service Activity: Providing Services

Description of Allowable Service Activities: “Allies for Health RSVP” will serve at designated station sites in Muskegon and Oceana Counties to help increase the capacity of the agency to provide support for healthcare services and assist individuals who are in need of medical transportation or dispatch guidance for medical drivers. 

Time Commitment: 4 Hours per Shift

  • Shift 1: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. OR
  • Shift 2: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Volunteer Service Activities: 

Provide support to AgeWell Services through assisting medical transportation of seniors in Muskegon County.

Volunteer Skills & Attributes:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Dependability
  • Interest in working with diverse populations and older adults
  • Good computer skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • No experience necessary
  • Background check

CALL 2-1-1 - Muskegon Site

Service Activity: Distributing Information

Description of Allowable Service Activities: “Allies for Health RSVP” will serve at designated stations sites in Muskegon and Oceana Counties to help the capacity of the agency to provide support for preventative healthcare services and assist individuals who are engaging in lifestyle changes by distributing health information, nutrition information, wellness education information, exercise information and/or education. 

Time Commitment: Minimum of 2 hours per week (2-4 Clients per Week) 

Volunteer Service Activities: 

Provide support to CALL 2-1-1 through the Telephone Reassurance Volunteer program.

  • The volunteer will engage in telephone communication with Muskegon & Oceana County older adults to help alleviate loneliness and isolation.
    • Personal conversation
    • Weekly telephone communication
    • Wellness checks

Volunteer Skills & Attributes:

  • Great telephone, verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good listening skills
  • Good writing skills
  • Willingness to work with older adults
  • Ability to report client needs to leadership accurately
  • Ability to report volunteer service hours to leadership on a timely basis
  • Basic typing and computer skills preferred
  • Reliable

Qualifications:

  • Program training
    • Provided by CALL 2-1-1 after signing up

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan - Muskegon Site

Service Activity: Providing Services

Description of Allowable Service Activities: Economic Opportunity and Income Stability RSVP volunteer will provide direct service or support at non-profit organizations through a variety of tasks include office support, conducting community outreach, public event staffing/support, research, and distributing educational materials, in addition to providing assistance to the community to support initiatives that drive economic & income stability.

Time Commitment: Varies and Flexible - A minimum of 4 hours

Volunteer Service Activities: 

Provide support to expand and enhance the organization’s ability to aid hundreds of low-income community members so that they may maximize their income captures.

Key Responsibilities:

Greeter
  • Greets clients and verifies appointment times. Provide initial paperwork critical to getting the tax process started
Tax Preparer
  • Prepares and electronically files tax returns using online tax preparation software
Quality Reviewer
  • Reviews return to ensure accuracy, completeness, and consistency
Interpreter
  • Translates information from non-English speaking clients to volunteer tax preparers

Volunteer Skills & Attributes:

  • Must be willing to train for the positions noted above. All training provided by the Goodwill program office
  • Interested and enthusiastic
  • Enjoys working with, and assisting, people
  • Great customer service skills

Oceana Stations

American Red Cross - Oceana Site

Service Activity: Providing Services

Description of Allowable Service Activities: “Allies for Health RSVP” will serve at designated station sites in Muskegon and Oceana Counties to help the capacity of the agency to provide support for preventative healthcare services by assisting in the distribution of necessary healthcare products. 

Time Commitment: Minimum of 1 hour per week to stay active

Volunteer Service Activities: 

To safely transport blood from collection sites to the lab for processing and/or deliver blood or blood to hospital customers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Transport blood from the collection site to Red Cross laboratory
  • Transport finished blood or blood products to hospital customers as routine or “stat” deliveries
  • Pick up empty boxes from hospitals as necessary
  • Deliver supplies to blood collection sites as needed
  • Complete required paperwork and obtain signatures as necessary
  • Communicate with Red Cross staff on feedback from customers or any urgent issues
  • Drive in a safe and responsible manner as a representative of the American Red Cross

Volunteer Skills & Attributes:

  • Willingness to support the Red Cross mission
  • Valid state driver’s license and three years of driving experience
  • Familiarity with geographic area and driving routes
  • Able to verify safe driving record (MVR)
  • Current insurance and state registration required if using own vehicle
  • Ability to lift 45 lbs.
  • Successful completion of American Red Cross Defensive Driving course upon acceptance in position

American Red Cross - Oceana Site

Service Activity: Providing Services

Description of Allowable Service Activities: “Allies for Health RSVP” will serve at designated station sites in Muskegon and Oceana Counties to help the capacity of the agency to provide support for preventative healthcare services by assisting in the collection and management of necessary healthcare products. 

Time Commitment: Minimum of one 6-8 hour shift per month - to stay active

Volunteer Service Activities: 

To provide excellent and enthusiastic customer service to enhance the blood donor experience.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Greet donors, explain the donation process and assist their the blood donation process
  • Manage donor flow at temp taking, screen donors for permitted access
  • Provide donors with relevant information and answer questions as necessary
  • Provide customer service to donors in the Hospitality Area
  • Report possible adverse post-donation physical reactions to staff
  • Set up and maintain cleanliness in reception, hospitality, and donor areas as requested
  • Work with collections team supervisor, or charge staff, to match donor’s blood type
  • Promote upcoming donation information
  • Make reminder/cancellation calls and reschedule donor appointments

Volunteer Skills & Attributes:

  • Willingness to support the Red Cross mission
  • Works well independently, or with a team, with minimal management
  • Organized and detail orientated
  • Great customer service skills
  • Must be willing to volunteer with 72 hours of the initial contact from the Blood Services Scheduler.

United Way of the Lakeshore - Oceana Site

Service Activity: Providing Services

Description of Allowable Service Activities: “Allies for Health AmeriCorps Seniors” will serve at designated station sites in Muskegon and Oceana Counties to help the capacity of the agency to provide services to clients resulting in greater access to healthy food and increased food security and help to provide other basic needs.

Time Commitment: Varies and Flexible - Minimum of 2 hours per month

Volunteer Service Activities: 

  • Assist in maximizing access to food and nutritional information through Food Truck support and other collections/donation activities
  • Assist in maximizing access to other basic needs
  • Assist in outreach activities to educate the community in health, education, and income stability opportunities
  • Assist in non-campaign funding office support

Volunteer Skills & Attributes:

  • Enjoys working with, and assisting, people
  • Great customer service skills
  • Dependability
  • Some lifting may be necessary
  • No experience necessary
  • Delivery drivers: Comfortable driver, own vehicle

Office Support Skills and Attributes:

  • Organizational skills
  • Computer skills
  • Great customer service skills
  • Dependability

American Red Cross - Oceana Site

Service Activity: Providing Services

Description of Allowable Service Activities: “Allies for Health RSVP” will serve at designated stations sites in Muskegon and Oceana Counties to help the capacity of the agency to provide support for preventative disaster services by education and installation of necessary fire alarms. 

Time Commitment: TBD

Volunteer Service Activities: 

To assist local fire department, and your community, to educate and install free smoke alarms to residents to help reduce fire fatalities by 25%.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with local fire department
  • Inspect home smoke alarms
  • Install up to three smoke alarms per home
  • Attend necessary free training
  • Learn necessary information to educate the operation and safety of alarm

Volunteer Skills & Attributes:

  • Willingness to support the Red Cross mission
  • Installation skills with the necessary training
  • Works well independently, or with a team, with minimal instructions
  • Organized and detail orientated
  • Great customer service skills

American Red Cross - Oceana Site

Service Activity: Providing Services

Description of Allowable Service Activities: “Allies for Health RSVP” will serve at designated station sites in Muskegon and Oceana Counties to help the capacity of the agency to provide support for preventative disaster services by the education of youth programs and within local schools. 

Time Commitment: TBD

Volunteer Service Activities: 

To assist the local fire department, and your community, by educating youth through local programs and within schools to help reduce fire fatalities by 25%.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the local fire department, and community leaders
  • Present preparedness education materials to grade school children in a school setting
  • Attend free training

Volunteer Skills & Attributes:

  • Interacts well with children in a school setting
  • Personal and fun with strong instructional skills
  • Organized and detail orientated
  • Works well independently, or with a team, with minimal instructions
  • Willingness to support the Red Cross mission

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan - Oceana Site

Service Activity: Providing Services

Description of Allowable Service Activities: Economic Opportunity and Income Stability RSVP volunteer will provide direct service or support at non-profit organizations through a variety of tasks include office support, conducting community outreach, public event staffing/support, research, and distributing educational materials, in addition to providing assistance to the community to support initiatives that drive economic & income stability.

Time Commitment: Varies and Flexible - Minimum of 4 hours

Volunteer Service Activities: 

Provide support to expand and enhance the organization’s ability to aid hundreds of low-income community members so that they may maximize their income captures.

Key Responsibilities:

Greeter
  • Greets clients and verifies appointment times. Provide initial paperwork critical to getting the tax process started

Tax Preparer
  • Prepares and electronically files tax returns using on-line tax preparation software

     

Quality Reviewer
  • Reviews returns to ensure accuracy, completeness, and consistency
Interpreter
  • Translates information from non-English speaking clients to volunteer tax preparers

Volunteer Skills & Attributes:

  • Must be willing to train for the positions noted above. All training provided by the Goodwill program office
  • Interested and enthusiastic
  • Enjoys working with, and assisting, people
  • Great customer service skills