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The Ohio Department of Aging

Ohio Department of Aging Volunteer Opportunities

Ohio Volunteer Partnerships

Older Ohioans give more than 350,000 hours of their time each year, helping people of all ages. The Department of Aging partners with other state entities to provide unique opportunities for older Ohioans to volunteer.

Volunteer Ombudsman Associate Program - Working with the Office of the State Long-term Care Ombudsman and regional Ombudsman programs, volunteers establish a regular presence in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities, and visit long-term care consumers wherever they call home. Associates provide information about resident rights, quality of care, and quality of life to residents and family members. They observe conditions, advocate for consumers and help resolve complaints.

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program Volunteers - The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) is a service of the Ohio Department of Insurance, supported by the Department of Aging. Volunteers provides free information and other health insurance services to people in Ohio covered by Medicare regardless of age. Volunteers learn Medicare basics in a 20-hour course, then use that knowledge to help people in their communities.

Project MORE - Project MORE is a volunteer reading mentoring project for students with disabilities or at risk for reading failure. Ohio is working to link the evidence-based Project MORE curriculum with the proven effectiveness of senior volunteers.

ServeOhio - ServeOhio strengthens Ohio's communities through service and volunteerism including AmeriCorps.

GIVEback. GOforward.

GIVEback. GOforward. is a unique community service model being piloted in northeast Ohio that allows older adults (60+) to earn college tuition credits by contributing their time and talents to younger generations. Tuition earned can be used by the volunteer or donated to another student at a participating school. Learn more at www.ohiohighered.org/gbgf/.

Community Connectors

Community Connectors is a new state initiative that brings together parents, community organizations, faith-based groups, businesses and others in support of our schools and to mentor students. Learn more at communityconnectors.ohio.gov.


Ohio Senior Corps

The Department of Aging partners with the Corporation for National and Community Service to provide three nationally sponsored volunteer opportunities through the Senior Corps program:

  • The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) matches the personal interests and skills of our Golden Buckeyes with opportunities at nonprofit organizations to help solve community problems.
  • The Foster Grandparent Program connects volunteers age 60 and older with children and young people who are victims of abuse and neglect.
  • The Senior Companion Program brings together volunteers age 60 and older with other elders in their community who have difficulty with simple tasks of day-to-day living.

Other Opportunities

Your local senior center or community action agency may welcome volunteers for a variety of programs. Contact your Area Agency on Aging for more information about what is available where you live.