Volunteer at AAASWFL
Want to make a difference in the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities? Volunteer at the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida. More than 70 volunteers help us deliver programs to seniors and adults with disabilities across our seven-county service area. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed, although the ability to speak multiple languages is not required. Health & Wellness and SHINE volunteers are reimbursed for mileage and in some cases may receive free training.
Health & Wellness Volunteers
Do you enjoy encouraging others to live a healthier lifestyle? You can volunteer as a health and wellness leader for AAASWFL! In 2017, nearly 500 seniors and people with disabilities took advantage of AAASWFL’s health and wellness workshops. Many of these workshops are led by volunteer instructors.
AAASWFL’s health and wellness volunteers lead a variety of workshops, including:
- A Matter of Balance
- Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance
- Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention
- Walk with Ease
- Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
- Chronic Disease Self Management Program
- Chronic Pain Self Management Program
- Powerful Tools for Caregivers
How to Become a Health & Wellness Volunteer
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, call the Area Agency on Aging at (239) 652-6900.
SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) relies on volunteers to deliver free, unbiased, one-on-one Medicare counseling. No experience necessary– SHINE volunteers receive free, professional training from AAASWFL and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. A background in health care, insurance, or finance is helpful, but anyone with good computer and customer service skills is welcome. Applicants should be willing to complete additional training courses and must be able to pass a level 2 background screening.
As a SHINE volunteer, you will have the opportunity to:
- Provide Medicare and health insurance information, counseling, and assistance in person, or over the phone
- Deliver educational presentations or speeches
- Promote the SHINE program in your community
- Provide training and leadership to other volunteers
- Assist with general program support
Apply to be a SHINE Volunteer
The SHINE volunteer application can be found on the Florida SHINE website.
The AAASWFL advisory council is a volunteer group that provides guidance and support to Area Agency on Aging staff and board of directors. Members can hail from any part of the AAASWFL planning and service area of Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota Counties. Advisory Council members serve as a vital link between AAASWFL and the aging population in their local communities. While advisory council members can be any age, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs requires that at least half of the members of the advisory council are age 60 or older.
Apply to Join the Advisory Council