Senior Services Associates, our clients, their families and our communities all benefit from the generosity of our volunteers. Our agency has a variety of programs that offer meaningful volunteer opportunities to individuals of all ages, in Kane, Kendall and McHenry Counties. If you have time available to help, there are always more needs than available volunteers. Our programs include:
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
RSVP volunteers aged 55 or better, serve in a diverse range of nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and faith-based groups. Volunteers in this national program perform a variety of valuable services such as mentor at-risk youth, organize neighborhood watch programs, test drinking water for contaminants, teach English to immigrants, and lend their business skills to community groups to provide critical social services. If you would like to volunteer or need help from a volunteer, click here to learn more.
Elgin & South Elgin Neighbor to Neighbor
Neighbor-to-Neighbor is a unique program that recruits, screens and trains volunteers of all ages, creating a community database. Volunteers are matched with individuals of all ages and not-for profit agencies that are in need of assistance in Elgin and South Elgin. Volunteers provide valuable services including providing transportation to doctor appointments, snow shoveling, yard work, minor home repairs or maintenance chores, or just being a "phone buddy' with someone who is isolated at home. Larger projects such as house painting are also done for seniors who meet eligibility requirements.
If you would like to volunteer or if you live in Elgin or South Elgin and need to request services, call Wendy Holtz (847) 741-0404 or contact her via email:
Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman Program
Volunteers in this Illinois Department on Aging program, advocate for the rights of residents who live in long-term care facilities. Ombudsmen are trained to protect and improve the quality of care and quality of life for nursing home residents. If you're interested in this important program, click here to learn more details, or call the program's director, Tonya Banks, at (630) 897-4035.
Senior Companion Program
Seniors in need of companionship are paired with trained, screened volunteers who are 18 years and older and are available to spend time with their matched senior either weekly or bi-weekly. This program is currently available in Kane, Kendall and McHenry Counties. If you would like to learn more about this program, click here.
If you would enjoy a companion, would like to volunteer, or want to refer someone who you think might benefit from a weekly visit, please contact one of the following Senior Companion Coordinators:
- McHenry County and Northern Kane County, call Jackie Smith (815) 344-3555 (McHenry), or (847) 741-0404 (Northern Kane), or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Southern Kane County, call Ana Meneses at (630) 897-4035 (Southern Kane), or via email: email@example.com
- In Kendall County, call Ana Meneses at (630) 553-5777, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Home Repair Assistance Program
This program assists McHenry County property homeowners aged 60 and older, who need a small home repair completed in their home. Senior Services maintains a pool of volunteers and service organizations that are able to help with small handyman tasks and yard maintenance.
We can also provide a list to connect seniors with our preferred, professional service providers and individuals for private pay who have consented to a background and reference screening process. This list is a reliable substitute to choosing an unknown service provider from the phone book. Preferred providers are available to perform general home repairs and odd jobs, plumbing, window washing, waste removal, lawn maintenance, snow removal, etc. Based on availability, financial assistance may be an option for seniors who qualify.
As requests from seniors in need of home repair increases, so does the need for volunteers and friendly business providers. The Senior Home Repair Assistance Program is always seeking volunteers and friendly business providers to join our team. If you need help or would like to volunteer, please contact Norma Figueroa at our McHenry office, (815) 344-3555.
Senior Medicare Patrol
Billions of federal dollars are lost annually due to health care fraud, error and abuse. Since 1977, the Administration on Aging has funded national Senior Medicare Patrol projects to recruit and train retired professionals and other senior citizens on how to recognize and report instances or patterns of Medicare fraud.
Senior Services Associates participates in this program by recruiting, screening and training volunteers in Kane, Kendall and McHenry Counties who are interested in presenting the program to seniors in their communities. For more information about becoming a Senior Medicare Patrol Volunteer, contact Tonya Banks in our Aurora office at (630) 897-4035.
Our Volunteer Transportation Program
We are here to help seniors, aged 60 or better, to access transportation services. This program's volunteers provide free transportation for seniors who live in Kane, Kendall or McHenry County. Many of our clients depend on our generous and caring volunteers to take them to their doctor; to the hospital for chemo treatments or dialysis; to a pharmacy or grocery store, to nutrition sites, to attend activities at senior centers, and much more. If you would like volunteer or if you need to request help from a volunteer, please contact one of the Volunteer Coordinators below. If you live in:
- Elgin or South Elgin: Call Wendy Holtz at (847) 741-0404 or via email: email@example.com
- Aurora: Call (630) 897-4035
- McHenry County: Call Valerie Usalis at (815) 344-3555 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kendall County: Call Barb Nadeau at (630) 553-5777 or via email: email@example.com
TRIAD is a partnership with Elgin Township, Kane County Sheriff's Department, Elgin & South Elgin Police Departments, and Senior Services Associates. This program links seniors, law enforcement and the community through involvement and volunteerism.
This program gives older residents some influence over law enforcement services and raises the awareness of law enforcement officers and the community in general regarding senior citizens' concerns. Participants in this program are involved in raising awareness in the community of the valuable contributions made by seniors. They develop and implement projects promoting the well being of seniors in our community. Programs they have been involved in include informational seminars about Frauds & Scams, Financial or Physical Abuse, Senior Patrols and much more.
For more information or to volunteer, call Wendy Holtz (847) 741-0404 or contact her
via email: firstname.lastname@example.org