VANTAGE’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) connects active older adults in Summit and Medina Counties with a variety of exciting volunteer opportunities. Matching our communities’ needs to national objectives, our primary goals include supporting non-profits addressing healthy futures, environmental stewardship, economic opportunities, capacity building, and senior isolation.
Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank
There are a variety of opportunities at the Foodbank, including warehouse, office, and special events. The Foodbank’s normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:15am to 4:00pm. A typical volunteer shift lasts 2-hours. Volunteers are utilized for special events hosted by the Foodbank throughout the year, which usually occur on weekends and evenings.
CSFP Food Distribution Assistant
Help fight food insecurity by helping with the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which supports the nutritional needs of low income seniors. Distribute boxes that contain nutrient-rich foods to help improve the overall health of seniors at our Romig Road office. This opportunity requires a 3 hour weekly shift with flexible hours.
Green Good Neighbors
Green Good Neighbors is a non-profit organization serving southern Summit County, whose purpose is to provide area low-income families with a monthly emergency food order, gently used clothing, and miscellaneous household items.
VANTAGE Brand Ambassadors
VANTAGE Aging Brand Ambassadors are the frontline faces of our agency. They represent our organization at community events and in group settings. Brand ambassadors talk to the public about VANTAGE’s programs and services and how they help older adults age positively in their homes and neighborhoods. Volunteers should enjoy talking to people and have an interest in our mission to promote a positive perspective on aging. Training is provided.
Hunger is one of the biggest issues facing our community today. Food on the table or in the fridge is something that most of us take for granted. For some, it can prove to be one of the largest hurdles to overcome. Volunteer with our food programs to help feed families in your community with emergency food assistance, hot lunches, and monthly food giveaways.
Meals on Wheels (Summit County)
Meals on Wheels of Northeast Ohio has been providing home-delivered meals and congregate dining in senior facilities for over twenty years. Starting out as a hot lunch program, it has evolved into a unique solution for delicious and nutritious meal choices to homebound and disabled people in Summit County. Volunteer to help prepare and pack food to deliver more than just a meal!
The Summit County CATCH Collaborative (SC3) partners work together to help kids develop and sustain healthy habits during the foundational stages of childhood that are critical to long-term developmental success. Backed by 25 years of research, CATCH has been proven to launch kids and communities toward healthier lifestyles. If you are looking for an active volunteer opportunity or are passionate about childhood health, this is a great fit for you!
Chronic Disease Self-Management Lay Leader
If you have experience with a chronic illness or as a caregiver to someone with a chronic illness, you can help others through this unique opportunity! The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a 6-8 week program that teaches older adults with chronic illnesses the skills they need in the daily management of treatment. CDSMP is a welcoming group setting that also aims to increase participants’ activity levels.
Matter of Balance Lay Leader
Co-lead VANTAGE Matter of Balance classes to help seniors reduce their fear of falling and improve activity levels. The MoB program includes 8 two-hour sessions and focuses on practical coping strategies to diminish the risk of falling.
Telecare Phone a Friend Program
Everyone deserves a friendly voice. Be the warm friend on the other line of the phone by volunteering to check in on an isolated senior. You can do this from your home, and it only takes a few minutes! This is a great volunteer opportunity for someone who does not have transportation are mobility but wants to volunteer
Medina County Park District Land Steward
Enjoy the outdoors? Medina County Parks need volunteers to help with conservation practices. Help maintain garden beds, remove invasive species, plant trees, and collect seeds at various locations throughout the Medina County Park District.
Mentor older adults on their journey to successful employment through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). SCSEP is a job training program for people age 55 and older who are looking for work. You can build a supportive and empowering relationship with a job seeker by guiding your mentee through employment-related issues and barriers to retaining a job.
Goodwill Reading Radio Program
Goodwill’s Radio Reading Program serves the vision and print impaired community. Volunteer to read on the radio program to help those with print impairments gain access to in-depth coverage of local newspapers along with readings from magazines, and best-selling books presented in series. Talk shows and special interest programs encourage listeners to share experiences, exchange views, and gain knowledge. Specially tuned radios are provided free of charge to qualified listeners.
Heartland Senior Companion
Volunteer as a senior companion with Heartland! The agency provides specialized care that focuses on supporting patients and their loved ones during advanced illness. The emphasis is on comfort and quality of life, rather than finding a cure. As a volunteer, you help patients and their families live each day to the fullest as comfortably and dignified as possible.
American Red Cross
The vital work of the American Red Cross is made possible by people like you who contribute their unique backgrounds, talents and skill levels. Our needs change based on current events, adding flexibility to get you involved in an area that inspires you! Whether helping one displaced family or thousands, providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran, or teaching others how to respond in emergencies, it’s through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army not only provides for basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter but also invests its time in the human spirit by offering counseling, education programs, recovery/support programs, and spiritual support. Volunteers play a crucial role in The Salvation Army’s ability to provide quality social services for the entire community. In fact, all of our programs would not be possible without the support of generous volunteers. Let us know how you can help in our many areas of volunteering!
Summa Patient Experience Volunteer
Visit with Hospital Patients to Brighten Their Day as a Patient Experience Volunteer. Volunteers welcome newly admitted patients to the hospital by providing friendly visitations and assisting clinical staff with any comfort items patients may request (water, warm blanket, etc.).
Summa Maternity Volunteer
We are looking for dependable and friendly volunteers to assist at the Summa Maternity Information Desk. You will get the chance to interact with patients and visitors and help them find their way!
At VANTAGE, our goal is to provide wrap-around services to our clients to be sure they are receiving all of the services they need. Becoming a client in one program will also provide you with access to other services that will support your desire to age in place. These may include Meals on Wheels, non-medical care from Home Wellness Solutions, paid, on-the-job training from Workforce Solutions;, and counseling from our Behavioral Health Solutions; team.
RSVP volunteers bring a lifetime of experience. Find out how RSVP can help you plan, train, and recruit for successful volunteer placements that strengthen your organization and help you achieve your mission. The following agencies are taking advantage of RSVP:
- AARP Coventry #3820
- AARP Hampton Falls #5038
- AARP Nordonia Hills #4931
- AARP Portage Lakes #2213
- Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
- Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
- Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
- Direction Home Akron-Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities
- Good Neighbors – Ellet
- Good Neighbors – Green
- Good Neighbors – Spicer
- Grill Elementary School
- Info Line, Inc.
- Mt. Zion Food Pantry
- Open M Food Pantry
- Second Baptist
- St. John C.M.E. Church
- Summit County Medical Reserve Corps.
- VANTAGE Aging