Volunteer

At CoAction, we believe in making a positive impact through community engagement. Our dedicated volunteers play a vital role in achieving our mission. Whether you’re passionate about housing, nutrition, financial stability, or issues facing older adults and persons with disabilities, there’s a place for you here. Join us in ensuring that people in Northwest Indiana can flourish regardless of income, age, or ability!”

Explore Volunteer Opportunities

AmeriCorps Seniors

Foster Grandparent

Volunteer to mentor/tutor students from Early Learning through 12th grade by providing social, emotional, and academic support. Foster Grandparents work in preschool, elementary, and high school classrooms, supporting students who can benefit from a stable relationship with a safe, caring adult.

To serve in AmeriCorps Seniors programs you must be:

  • 55 years and older
  • Health and wellness. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers experience decreased anxiety, depression, and loneliness. 84% of volunteer report stable or improving health after one year of service.

  • Self-improvement. See the daily impact of your service as you build on the skills you already have and develop new ones.

  • Stipend. Some programs offer a modest stipend to qualified, low-income volunteers.

  • Community. Connect with others and be part of something bigger. 88% of volunteers who felt a lack of companionship reported fewer feelings of isolation after becoming an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer.

  • New skills. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers often tap their wealth of experience and wisdom and channel it in new directions.

  • Insurance. Most programs offer accident, personal liability, and excess automobile liability insurance.

Senior Companions serve between 5 and 40 hours each week.  Schedules are negotiated between clients and volunteers.

Senior Companion

Volunteer to provide companionship, and care to another older adult. This can include transportation to and from appointments or just spending time together enjoying each others company.

To serve in AmeriCorps Seniors programs you must be:

  • 55 years and older
  • Health and wellness. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers experience decreased anxiety, depression, and loneliness. 84% of volunteer report stable or improving health after one year of service.

  • Self-improvement. See the daily impact of your service as you build on the skills you already have and develop new ones.

  • Stipend. Some programs offer a modest stipend to qualified, low-income volunteers.

  • Community. Connect with others and be part of something bigger. 88% of volunteers who felt a lack of companionship reported fewer feelings of isolation after becoming an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer.

  • New skills. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers often tap their wealth of experience and wisdom and channel it in new directions.

  • Insurance. Most programs offer accident, personal liability, and excess automobile liability insurance.

Foster Grandparents serve between 5 and 40 hours each week.  Schedules are negotiated between clients and volunteers.

Apply to serve as a Foster Grandparent or Senior Companion

Do you know a senior in need of companionship?

CLICK HERE to learn more about participating in the Senior Companion program.

Does your site want to serve as a host or "station" for volunteers?

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

People with basic taxes often find tax filing overwhelming and need your help. Many want to file taxes but can’t afford to pay hundreds of dollars. The average cost to file taxes in Indiana with a preparer is $220! In Northwest Indiana, many of your neighbors, co-workers, and friends turn to paid tax preparers. However, this can be unnecessarily costly and sometimes preparers don’t provide the tax credits people need.

Volunteer tax preparation helps Americans claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), federal tax benefits that help workers care for their families, withstand unexpected economic changes, and reduce poverty!

Will you volunteer to work with a group of like-minded volunteers? You’ll build relationships while gaining valuable skills and giving back to your community!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contact Financial Services Manager 

Volunteer Roles

  • Tax Preparers
  • Greeters
    • No previous experience required
    • Free IRS tax law training provided
    • Training materials included

CoAction has, for your convenience, community service center partners, focal point, satellite offices, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites, WIC clinics, and intake/distribution sites in your community. For specific information and locations please click here.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contact Financial Services Manager

Senior Medicare Patrol

The SMP program offers volunteers an opportunity to make an important difference in their communities. Volunteers take pride in working to ensure that the Medicare program will be protected for future generations. In 2020, the SMP projects had a total of 5,720 total active team members who conducted 9,870 group outreach and education events, reaching an estimated 425,103 people. In addition, the projects had 249,134 individual interactions with, or on behalf of, a Medicare beneficiary.

The Importance of SMP Volunteers

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke to SMPs at the August 2011 national SMP conference and she had this to say about the role of SMP volunteers:

 

“…We know that one of the most effective and direct steps we can take to improve Medicare’s long-term health is ridding the program of waste, fraud, and abuse. And for the last 14 years, the Senior Medicare Patrol has been on the front lines of that fight. No one feels more strongly about keeping criminals out of Medicare than seniors themselves. When someone defrauds Medicare, it means higher premiums and co-pays for beneficiaries. It also threatens the program that they have worked so hard for – and that they want to make sure is there for their children and grandchildren.”

What SMP Volunteers Do

SMP projects match a volunteer’s skills and interests to the needs of the program. As a result, SMP volunteers may serve Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers in many creative ways. However, there are six types of activities most commonly conducted by SMP volunteers nationwide:

  1. Assist with administration: Help with work such as copying, filing, data entry, and placing outbound phone calls in support of SMP activity
  2. Distribute information: Help with transporting and disseminating SMP information materials to sites and events; may include presenting prepared copy or performing scripted activities for small groups
  3. Staff exhibits: Help by staffing information kiosks or exhibits at events such as health fairs; also may provide general information about SMP to the public and answer basic questions
  4. Make group presentations: Help by giving presentations on SMP topics to small and large groups; may interact with the audience by answering questions and through discussion
  5. Counsel: Help by having direct conversations with beneficiaries about their individual situations; may include review of personal information such as Medicare Summary Notices, billing statements, and other related financial and health documents
  6. Manage complex interactions: Help with in-depth interactions with beneficiaries who are reporting specific instances of health care fraud, errors, and abuse; may act on behalf of a beneficiary to correct an error or refer suspected fraud and abuse to the appropriate authorities

Use the Volunteer Info Form below to let us know about your interest in volunteering for Senior Medicare Patrol!

Other Volunteer Opportunities

We enlist the help of volunteers to help with Poverty Simulation, events, and other special projects.  Interested in helping out?