Berks Encore’s volunteers are truly unsung heroes, and we appreciate each one of them and every single hour they contribute. During 2018, volunteers contributed 62,130 hours to support the mission of Berks Encore. We rely on these often silent, yet strong and extremely dedicated volunteers to reach the Berks County aging population.
Our volunteers provide a variety of services including packing and delivering meals, preparing taxes, volunteering at the centers or during special events, preparing our monthly newsletter, and performing with the chorus. Without a doubt, they are an essential part in bringing aging services to Berks County’s residents.
Become a Hero to Someone in Need
- APPRISE Counselors:
Meet with persons one-on one to assist with questions on Medicare, PACE, Medical Assistance, Rent & Property Tax Rebate. Help them better understand their health insurance options and so they can make sound decisions about what is best for them.
- APPRISE Telecenter Helpline:
Answer questions via the APPRISE Hotline, an 800 number that is available to anyone who resides in Pennsylvania and has Medicare/Medicaid questions. The hotline operates every Wednesday.
If you enjoy singing, this group is for you!
- Friendly Visitor:
Brighten an older person’s day by visiting with them once a week. Click here to learn how to you can help connect a homebound, isolated senior adult with the community.
- Grocery Shopping:
Volunteer to shop for groceries and deliver them to an older adult who finds it difficult to do so on his/her own. Click here to learn more about the program.
- Meals on Wheels: Meals on Wheels volunteers not only deliver nutritious lunches to homebound senior citizens, they also check in on the clients to ensure that they are safe. Click here to learn more about this program and how you can make a difference in someone’s life over your lunch break.
- Preparing Taxes:
Assist low-income seniors with tax preparation.
- Word Processing and Data Entry:
Berks Encore is always looking for volunteers to assist with word processing, updating spreadsheets and databases at all of our six center locations.
For answers to frequently asked questions about the Volunteer Application Process, click here. If you’re interested in any volunteer opportunity, please complete our Volunteer Application and fax or mail back to our Reading office.
A special thank you to Turning Point Media for donating the video production.
Each month Berks Encore spotlights a volunteer in its Berks Encore News.
Each year, Volunteers are invited to attend a Volunteer Appreciation Event.