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Volunteering at the Senior Center
VOLUNTEERING: “One Person CAN Make A Difference”
Current Volunteer Opportunities at the Brookline Senior Center
Please contact Valerie Graf at 617-730-2743 or [email protected] if you would like to learn more about volunteering at the Senior Center. While we appreciate all volunteers applying, please be aware that currently there are limited opportunities for certain tasks.
The S.H.O.P (Students Helping Older People) Program
The S.H.O.P. (Students Helping Older People) Program has been a collaboration between the Brookline Senior Center and the community service program at Brookline High School for many years. During these years, literally hundreds of students have helped dozens of seniors. It is a win-win volunteer opportunity whereby students grocery shop for seniors in Brookline and seniors share their actual history and experience with students in a friendly visit after shopping.
In addition to getting the groceries for the senior, another benefit of this program is developing meaningful multigenerational relationships. Some students have shopped for the same senior throughout high school and consider their elder an important part of their life; others continue to visit after graduating. The seniors tell us that they feel that their students are like family.
For more information on the SHOP program, please contact Valerie Graf at 617-730-2743 or at [email protected].
Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program (REAP)
The REAP program is designed for Brookline residents aged 60 and older who wish to remain engaged and active in the community while in retirement or partial retirement. Limited additional program opportunities may also be available for individuals aged 55-60. The goal of this program is to enhance the retirement experience by connecting participants with either part-time paid or volunteer work in the community or at the Brookline Senior Center (BSC).
To enroll or for more information, call 617-730-2767 or email Sarah Aguirre at [email protected].