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AACOG's Alamo and Bexar Area Agencies on Aging are seeking volunteers who wish to assist seniors age 60 or older and their caregivers with information about benefits and services available to them.  Assistance can be provided at the AACOG offices or locations in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, McMullen, Medina, and Wilson Counties.

Requirements
Must be over 18 years of age and have reliable transportation; be able to work well with the senior population and persons with disabilities; be able to maintain effective working relationships with agency employees, service providers and the general public. Some positions below may require proficiency in both oral and written communication, and ability to use standard office equipment and computer. No prior experience required, but must be willing to attend provided orientation and training. Expected time commitment is a minimum of two (2) to four (4) hours per week. Alamo and Bexar Area Agency on Aging programs require at least a one (1) year or more commitment after completing the provided training. Listed below are several volunteer positions that are available for the person that wishes to contribute to assisting and enriching the lives of seniors in the AACOG service area.

Alamo Area Agency on Aging Volunteer Opportunities
Contact
Henri Eaton
IR&A and Ombudsman Volunteer Coordinator

Dan Goetz
Benefits Counselor Volunteer Coordinator

Jim Rowland
My Life My Health Coach Volunteer Coordinator

8700 Tesoro Drive
Suite 160
San Antonio, TX  78217

Ph: 1-866-231-4922
(210) 362-5261 (Henri Eaton)
(210) 362-5567 (Dan Goetz)
Fx: (210) 225-5937

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Positions Available in Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, and Wilson Counties:

Information, Referral, and Assistance
After orientation and training, volunteers will be able to assist callers with information about the services of the agency or provide additional referrals to agency partners.
Learn more about what Information, Referral, and Assistance staff and volunteers do
Apply to become an Information, Referral, and Assistance Volunteer

Benefits Counselor
After orientation and training, volunteers will be able to assist at the agency's main location or will be assigned to a community location.  Training is 25 hours for Benefits Counselor I, and 30 hours for Benefits Counselor II.  Training is done individually and at the volunteer's own pace.
Learn more about what Benefits Counselor staff and volunteers do
Learn more about services Benefits Counselors provide
Apply to become a Benefits Counselor Volunteer

Health and Wellness Coaches
Volunteer Coaches teach seniors evidence based classes at local senior centers, churches and community centers. Training, materials and technical support are provided for those interested in coaching. Classes are offered in Falls Prevention, Chronic Disease Self Management and Diabetes Self Management. Our goal is teach seniors and their caregivers timely and accurate information and skills that insure a more active, comfortable and independent lifestyle.
Learn more about our Health and Wellness Programs
Apply to become a Health and Wellness Coach

Ombudsman
After orientation and training, Volunteer Ombudsmen will advocate for residents in nursing homes and assisting living facilities in the Alamo Region. While in the long-term care community, the Volunteer Ombudsman will talk with residents, family members, and staff to identify any concerns.  Volunteers will also provide information about resident rights and help identify additional resources.  Our goal is to achieve the best possible quality of life for residents in long-term care facilities.  No experience needed; the training is provided by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services at no cost.
Learn more about what Ombudsman/Nursing Home Advocates do
Apply to become an Ombudsman Volunteer

Bexar Area Agency on Aging Opportunities
Contact
George Losoya
Access and Assistance Manager

Theresa Thomason
Bexar Aging Managing Local Ombudsman

8700 Tesoro Dr.
Suite 160
San Antonio, TX  78217

Ph: (800) 960-5201
(210) 362-5319 (George Losoya)
(210) 362-5236 (Theresa Thomason)
Fx: (210) 225-5937

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Volunteer positions available in San Antonio and Bexar County:

Information, Referral, and Assistance
After orientation and training, volunteers will be able to assist callers with information about the services of the agency or provide additional referrals to agency partners.
Learn more about what Information, Referral, and Assistance staff and volunteers do
Apply to become an Information, Referral, and Assistance Volunteer

Benefits Counselor
After orientation and training, volunteers will be able to assist at the agency's main location or will be assigned to a community location, such as a senior center, for a minimum of four hours per week.  Training is 25 hours for Benefits Counselor I, and 30 hours for Benefits Counselor II, followed by a certification exam within 30 days of course completion.  Complete Benefits Counselor I and II courses are offered in 3-4 day segments at AACOG in spring or fall.  Training also may be completed individually at the volunteer's own pace with staff supervision.  Anyone who has previously completed Benefits Counselor training elsewhere is encouraged to volunteer.
Learn more about what Benefits Counselor staff and volunteers do

Apply to become a Benefits Counselor Volunteer

Bexar Senior Advisory Committee (BSAC)
BSAC is seeking business and community leaders, human services and health care professionals, for profit and nonprofit service providers, seniors, people with disabilities, and family caregivers to become members of this key advisory committee. Members attend monthly meetings and review budgets and program data, provide comment, and make recommendations to the AACOG Board of Directors to approve actions of the Bexar Area Agency on Aging.  Call (210) 362-5273 for more information.
More Information About the Bexar Senior Advisory Committee

Ombudsman/Nursing Home Advocate
After orientation and training, volunteer Ombudsman will advocate for residents in nursing homes in Bexar County.  Volunteers agree to donate at least two (2) hours per week visiting nursing homes.  While in the home, the volunteer will talk with residents, family members, and staff to identify any complaints or problem areas.  Volunteers will also provide information about rights and procedures and help identify additional resources in or out of the facility.  Our goal is to achieve the best possible quality of life for residents in long-term care facilities.  No experience needed; the training is provided by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.
Learn more about what Ombudsman/Nursing Home Advocates do
Apply to become an Ombudsman/Nursing Home Advocate Volunteer