If you enjoy making a difference in people’s lives, the NEK Council on Aging has several rewarding opportunities! In fact, they are integral to maintaining the physical and emotional integrity of a community that extends across 2,027 square miles in northeastern Vermont. To feel productive, or learn new skills, or support one of the programs listed below that is consistent with your personal values, please contact Patty Beckwith, our Volunteer Engagement Coordinator or Karen Budde, our RSVP Volunteer Coordinator, by calling 1-800-642-5119 or sending e-mail to info@NEKCouncil.org.

Meals on Wheels Drivers

Monday through Friday delivery of nutritiously balanced meals is an important safety net that enables older adults to stay in familiar surroundings and at a cost considerably less than if they were to go live prematurely in a care facility. Their gratitude is boundless. Transporters receive mileage reimbursement.

Senior Companions

Caring individuals who are 55+ provide assistance and friendship to other older individuals who are less able to care for themselves. The volunteer receives a small, non-taxable stipend for his or her work as well as reimbursement for travel. The homebound client receives assistance with many of the chores of daily living. The activities that the volunteer participates in with the senior can vary according to the senior’s needs. This program is offered free of charge to the older adult who is in need.

RSVP in the Northeast Kingdom

RSVP is part of a national community service program in which individuals are encouraged to use the skills and talents they’ve gained throughout the years to give back to their communities. We match those who are 55+ with opportunities to help out in their own communities. RSVP’s most accessible program is its Tele-Care Telephone Reassurance Program which can be done from the comfort of your own home.

In the spring of 2016, Derby Elementary School’s fourth graders auctioned their handmade garden trellises as part of a larger multi-disciplinary project and voted to donate the proceeds to Meals on Wheels. Nutrition Director, Lallie Mambourg, was deeply touched by the youngsters’ voluntary commitment to their Orleans County community. Students and Scouts, at any level, are invited to participate in the NEK Council’s inter-generational outreach. Service and sports clubs, fraternal organizations, and craft groups also are welcome to partner with the Council.

Are you a teacher or scout master and want more information about how to participate? Please call 1-800-642-5119 or send e-mail to info@NEKCouncil.org.