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     Village Neighbors
  A rural community of neighbors helping each other to live independently at home.
                    Leverett - New Salem - Shutesbury - Wendell
                                 (413) 345-6894

HomeBecome a Volunteer

Thank you

We’re so glad you are interested in becoming a volunteer. You will find that joining and volunteering are both easy.


Folks under 60 or those over 60 from the participating towns of Leverett, New Salem, Shutesbury, or Wendell are welcome to become volunteers. There are different ways to volunteer for Village Neighbors. One volunteer may be able to offer a ride, another to make a daily check-in phone call to a homebound elder, another may make a meal or two for someone getting home from the hospital after a surgery or to set up an electronic gadget.
 Some people may want to become a Service Provider and others may want to volunteer for the operational jobs of Village Neighbors.  Each volunteer chooses what they can offer and when they are available. 

What we do

As an all-volunteer organization, we are committed to ensuring that the work we do is meaningful. Our volunteers make a difference in the lives of our members by providing transportation, handyman services – including installing air conditioners, hanging pictures, moving deck furniture and the like, friendly visits, and computer help. As volunteers we are helping our neighbors, seniors in our communities, to remain at home. At the same time, we are creating connections and friendships with these people.


Becoming a volunteer


To join us in our effort to help seniors in Shutesbury, Wendell, Leverett and New Salem stay in their homes and be active in our communities, please call or email your contact information. You will receive phone or an email response within a few days from our volunteer intake coordinator. To become a volunteer, you will need to:

  1. Call Village Neighbors at 413 345-6894 or email volunteers@villageneighbors.org with your contact info.  
  2. Attend a volunteer orientation meeting. At the orientation you will fill out the application and give Village Neighbors permission to conduct a background check. If you plan to provide transportation, we will need a copy of your drivers license and the page 1 of your insurance coverage selections pages which you can bring to the orientation. Please bring contact information for two references.

 

After contacting us, you will receive an email response within a few days from our volunteer intake coordinator, you will receive dates and times for volunteer orientation meeting. At the orientation meeting, you will learn more about our organization, and meet other new volunteers. After you have attended and the paperwork is complete, you will be all set to volunteer and meet some of the wonderful seniors in our towns.