Volunteer

GECAC offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer the following programs would love to have you.

Volunteers in the Adult Education Program work with adults to improve their reading, math and writing skills in order to pass their GED® or gain the skills needed to get and keep a job. Volunteers receive training, support and materials to assist them with their students. If you are interested in volunteering in the Adult Education Program, please complete the volunteer application.

Apprise offers benefits counseling to seniors at Erie and Erie County senior centers. The GECAC Erie County APPRISE Program utilizes volunteers in various roles.  Volunteers are able to become trained Counselors or assist with education and outreaching to the community.  Training is provided. Hours are designed to be flexible to meet your schedule.  The experience is both educational and rewarding.  APPRISE Volunteers learn to become trusted resources of information and assistance. APPRISE volunteers can make a big impact on Medicare recipients by helping them to save money, make informed decisions about their health care, and help them to better understand issues that are complicated to them. 

For more information, please call 814-459-4581, Ext. 519
For more detailed information about the PA Department of Aging APPRISE Program:
http://www.aging.pa.gov/aging-services/insurance/Pages/default.aspx

The underlying philosophy of Erie Together is that poverty is a community issue that requires a comprehensive community wide response in order to alleviate the draining, cyclical impact it has on our community. The goals are to build human and social capital, improve neighborhoods, and enrich lives, so families and the community will become more economically secure.

Foster Grandparent Program provides eligible persons, 55 years and older, with a modest stipend for mentoring and tutoring children in a classroom setting. 

Head Start is a comprehensive child development program serving preschool children mostly of low-income ages 3 to 5 and their families.

Meals on Wheels is a volunteer program that delivers hot noontime meals to homebound older adults. Sack meals are available for weekends.

Ombudsman advocates for residents of long term care facilities, evaluates, and mediates the complaints on behalf of such residents. Volunteers are recruited and trained to assist the Ombudsman. These volunteers can be individuals from the community or they may be peer volunteers who actually reside within the long-term facilities, all providing visits and resources for the residents.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP) provides volunteer opportunities for persons, 55 years and older, matching personal interests and skills and life experiences with the needs of a variety of community organizations.