Volunteer Opportunities

Typically, volunteers are motivated by the need to help others, a feeling of compassion for people, or a desire 20130220 DSC_0946 for webto be involved in personal causes. The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. welcomes persons of all ages who wish to volunteer their time on behalf of seniors. There are numerous opportunities to volunteer within the many programs of the Area Agency on Aging, as well as with our service providers in the community.

Opportunities at the AAAPP may be of a short term nature or work that requires more extensive time commitment. Several programs require background checks.

Giving time to the AAAPP is as valuable as writing us a donation check.  The following programs are ones which have need of volunteers at our agency:

SHINE – Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders

Victim’s Advocate Program

AAAPP Board of Directors

AAAPP Advisory Council

Please click on the highlighted programs for descriptions of these programs.

The AAAPP would be pleased to assist you in identifying a volunteer opportunity, be it with our agency or another agency in your neighborhood. Feel free to call our office at (727) 570-9696 or our Helpline at 1-800-963-5337 and let us help you begin volunteering.

 

Value of Volunteers

The Area Agency on Aging prepares reports on the number of volunteers serving each funded program and the hours of service that they provide. A copy of the report for the state fiscal year (SFY) 2012-13 is available here as a pdf file:

2014 Volunteer Summary (Excel)

Volunteer Narrative 2014 (Word)

Volunteers serving at the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. and at 14 Agencies and Senior Centers in Pasco and Pinellas Counties made a tremendous contribution by serving elders during the State Fiscal Year July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013:

  • 2,836 volunteers provided service during this one year period.
  • An average of 19,700 clients received service by volunteers each quarter.
  • Over 143,265 hours of volunteer service was provided over the year period.
  • At the 2013 Florida Minimum Wage, this is an economic impact of $1,116,034 – a conservative estimate.
  • The Home Delivered Meals program (615 volunteers) and the Congregate Meal program (485 volunteers), followed by Transportation services (226) and Adult Day Care (174) reported the highest levels of volunteer support. The number of volunteers reported for each service is for one quarter only, April 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013.

 

 Volunteer Recognition Month

The AAAPP joins the nation celebrating volunteers during the month of April. We honor those who dedicate their time, talent and passion taking action to make our community a better place for all residents, and especially for the elders among us. Within the aging network there are so many and varied opportunities to positively impact the lives of elders, from delivering a hot meal, providing Medicare counseling through SHINE, or serving on the Advisory Council or Board of Directors of the AAAPP or a community agency serving seniors. We applaud all who make the decision to contribute to our community.

Again this year, President Barack Obama proclaimed April 6 through 12 as National Volunteer Week. The Proclamation included the following recognition:

“By performing acts of service, we can shape a Nation big enough and bold enough to accommodate the hopes of all our people. Across our country, volunteers open doors of opportunity, pave avenues of success, fortify their communities, and lay the foundation for tomorrow’s growth and prosperity. They are often equipped with few resources and gain little recognition, yet because of their service, our country is a better and a stronger force for good.”