There are many ways to share your time and talents in support of Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging’s mission by volunteering. Explore our available opportunities below to learn more about volunteering for the Young Professional Council, Rose Centers for Aging Well, the Senior Companion Program and Nutrition Solutions.
Young Professional Council
If you are a young leader looking to engage in our mission to advance support for older adults and caregivers, apply to join our Young Professional Council (YPC)! The YPC will give you opportunities to use your skills and passion to contribute to our mission through fundraising, promotion of programs and services offered through Benjamin Rose and its subsidiaries, and volunteering. You can submit your application here.
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Rose Centers For Aging Well
If you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity where you can exercise your skills and enjoy fun and engaging activities, volunteering for our Rose Centers for Aging Well senior centers can be a great way to share your talents with others and spend an enjoyable time participating in activities that fit your interests.
The volunteer opportunities listed below are available year-round at all seven of our center locations in the Cleveland area, and can be performed by individuals or in groups. Please contact Abigail Carney at (216) 373-1735 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Craft Class Teacher
The Craft Class Teacher will plan, teach and assist a group of enthusiastic older adults in putting together a unique craft project once per week. The class will include different skill levels and incorporate the use of different craft materials.
Musical Entertainment Volunteer
The Musical Entertainment Volunteer will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities depending on their skills and interests, such as playing different instruments for holiday parties, school bands or gospel choir groups; providing piano accompaniment; singing songs from previous eras; participating in karaoke; and many more. We are always looking for local entertainment! Please note that instruments will not be provided by the senior center and that you will need to bring your own.
Therapy Animal Volunteer
The Therapy Animal Volunteer will bring their certified therapy animal to visit older adults at our Rose Centers to provide a sense of joy and comfort, and to reduce stress. Please be aware that your pet must be certified.
The Bingo Caller will assist our enthusiastic Rose Center bingo players by calling numbers, checking cards and having a great time!
Intergenerational Activities Volunteer
This volunteer group will be comprised of school-aged children interested in learning, interacting and having fun with older adults. If you know of any young students or school groups who would be interested in taking part in intergenerational activities with us, we welcome your referrals.
The Kitchen Assistant will help the kitchen staff with delivering and serving meals to older adults, taking out the garbage and delivering newsletters to participants.
Front Desk Attendant
The Front Desk Attendant will assist the staff by maintaining sign-in sheets, recording cancellations and walk-ins for lunch and serving as a welcoming face to those entering the center.
The Exercise Instructor will lead an exercise class of their specialty to the older adults in a group setting. Some examples of classes include Yoga, Tai Chi, Jazzercise, Zumba Gold and Line Dancing. Certification is preferred, but not required.
Senior Companion Program
If you are an older adult who enjoys helping and spending time with others, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging’s Senior Companion program can provide you the opportunity to offer your companionship and assistance to other older adults who may be lonely and isolated. As a Senior Companion, you will assist your peers with small tasks, provide a listening ear and share in friendly conversation.
As a volunteer, you will also help your peers with:
- Running occasional errands
- Staying engaged in enjoyable activities at home or in their local community
- Light meal preparation
To become a Senior Companion, you must:
- Be 55 years of age or over
- Be in physical condition that will allow you to take part in Senior Companion tasks without risk to your health
- Live in the Greater Cleveland area
- Be able to pass a background screening
- Be able to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours a week, Monday through Friday
- Be open to serving in adult day care centers, senior centers and senior housing complexes
As a Senior Companion volunteer, you may also be eligible for a stipend, reimbursement for transportation and meals, on-duty insurance and an annual physical exam if your income is within the program’s guidelines. We provide training and mentoring to assist you in taking on your role as a Senior Companion. We also provide training in recognizing the signs of elder abuse, self-neglect and exploitation in order to help you contribute to your companion’s overall safety.
If you’re interested in volunteering for the program, download an enrollment application to e-mail to SCP@benrose.org or contact us at (216) 791-8000.
Are you looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of older adults in the Cleveland community? Do you enjoy talking on the telephone? Consider becoming a Nutrition Solution volunteer!
Volunteers assist homebound older adults who have recently been discharged from the hospital by setting up weekly phone calls to address issues of food insecurity and social isolation.
As a nutrition solution volunteer, you will:
- Make at least one assigned phone call weekly to an older adult lasting approximately 20 minutes
- Review monthly nutrition education information with the older adult during phone call
- Communicate with the Nutrition Solution Volunteer Coordinator to discuss changes in health status of older adult
- Submit a weekly call log to the Nutrition Solution Volunteer Coordinator
To become a Nutritional Solution volunteer, you must:
- Commit to participating in the program for a minimum of 6 months
- Be available 30 minutes/week at the time of your choice (20-minute phone call from a location of your choosing; 10-minute documentation of call)
- Have strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
- Be an active listener
- Maintain personal boundaries
- Be friendly, reliable and trustworthy
- Pass a FBI Background Check
All Nutrition Solution volunteers receive a two-hour face-to-face training with Nutrition Solution program staff.
To volunteer, fill out the volunteer application below or contact email@example.com.
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Center Director, Gunning Park Rose Center
Ashley Langford is the Center Director of the Gunning Park Rose Center for Aging Well and joined Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in July...
Ashley Langford is the Center Director of the Gunning Park Rose Center for Aging Well and joined Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in July, 2017. She is responsible for planning, development and supervision of day to day activities at the Center, and oversees programming and services, the nutrition program and transportation services. Langford embraces team work, and prides herself on working collaboratively with her staff to make the Center a welcoming community.
Langford’s experience prior to joining Benjamin Rose was in alcohol and drug rehabilitation. While in graduate school, she worked as a counselor’s assistant in a rehabilitation facility helping people recover from substance abuse. Once she moved back to Cleveland, Langford worked in alcohol and drug prevention and education.
Langford earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Toledo and a master’s degree in public health from The University of Toledo. Her primary focus was in health promotion and education, specifically in the geriatric population.
In addition to Langford’s current role as Center Director, she also leads the Benjamin Rose Young Professionals committee, and coordinates volunteers for the Nutrition Solution project.
Felicia Adams, MPA
Senior Companion Administrator
Felicia Adams joined Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in 2016 as the Senior Companion Program Administrator. In this role, she oversees t...
Felicia Adams joined Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in 2016 as the Senior Companion Program Administrator. In this role, she oversees the federally funded Senior Companion Program, which engages seniors in socialization to combat depression and isolation.
Adams has a passion for community engagement, children’s rights and reducing health disparities. She has more than a decade of experience in research, public health, program management and community health education.
Prior to joining the Eldercare Services Institute, LLC team at Benjamin Rose, Adams was Director of Administration and Communications for the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University. She has also held positions with the Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities, The Centers for Families and Children and University Hospitals. Adams discovered her passion for community engagement and public health while serving as Community Projects Manager for the Greater Cleveland Health Education and Service Council.
Adams graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She also earned a master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on Law & Public Policy from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Additionally, she earned a certificate in volunteer management.
Adams volunteers regularly at her church, Church on the North Coast, and with the Our Lady of the Lake School Parent Teacher Organization