Volunteers provide invaluable support that is especially important for vulnerable elders in need of supportive services that paid and family caregivers are unable to provide. Plus, younger volunteers oftentimes find their own lives enriched by developing positive intergenerational relationships. Also, for emerging professionals, volunteering is a great way to try out a potential career interest in the field of aging.
Because older adults comprise such a broad and diverse demographic, and because service delivery systems for older adults are also vast and varied, there are many different ways to volunteer with older adults. For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact your local Area Agency on Aging (organized by county in New Jersey), or try searching "senior citizens," "elders," "elderly," "aging," "health," or "older adults" through a search engine on the websites below.
Rutgers students can also search volunteer opportunities through a database maintained by the University at http://communityservice.rutgers.edu/portal/