Volunteer Opportunities

The Northeast Nebraska Area Agency on Aging provides many opportunities to volunteer in a variety of programs.

The agency will recruit, interview, screen, train and provide on-going support and information to individuals interested in volunteering for the aging network. It is a great opportunity to be involved, provide assistance, and utilize your skills and knowledge for older Nebraskans and their families.

If you are interested in being a volunteer for senior services, the following is a listing of volunteer opportunities:

Ombudsman

The Ombudsman program strives to protect the rights, dignity, safety and quality of life of residents residing in long-term care facilities through advocacy, mediation, negotiation and education. The primary goal is to help the residents help themselves.

The Ombudsman Volunteer requirements are, but not limited to:

  • Good verbal, listening and written skills.
  • Experience working as a volunteer.
  • Minimum age of 19 years.
  • Minimum of three (3) hours per week in the Nursing Facility.
  • Successful completion of 36 hours of classroom training prior to placement in a Facility with eighteen (18) hours of additional classroom training annually.

SHIP-State Health Insurance Assistance Program

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program informs, educates and assists consumers on topics related to health insurance so they can make informed decisions. SHIP also provides resources on how consumers can protect themselves from healthcare scams.

Qualifications to become a SHIP Volunteer:

  • Good personal skills, communication and written skills
  • Computer and Internet skills
  • Completion of a two day initial training certification and recertification update trainings
  • Completion of annual counseling requirements

Want more information?

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an Ombudsman or SHIP volunteer, please call

Northeast Nebraska Area Agency on Aging
(800) 672-8368 or (402) 370-3454

Senior Centers

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities at your local Senior Center. They consist of delivering home-delivered meals, becoming a Senior Center board member, meal preparation, education and training, and many more.

Contact a Senior Center near you to learn more about becoming a volunteer.