Volunteers Make a Difference
In April, we celebrate National Volunteer Month and all the individuals who generously donate their time and effort to make a difference in the lives of so many.
At Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), a nonprofit organization, we honor more than 650 volunteers who are dedicated to providing essential services to older adults, individuals with disabilities and others throughout the 23 communities we serve.
Our volunteers support several important programs. For example, there are more than 400 volunteers in our Nutrition Program delivering “Meals on Wheels” to homebound recipients on a daily basis. More than 40 volunteers support our Money Management Program and help older adults balance their checkbooks, reconcile bank statements, and pay their bills on time. Volunteers also serve on OCES’ Board of Directors and the Money Management Program Advisory Council as well as many other important efforts.
OCES is also fortunate to have more than 250 volunteers in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Plymouth County, part of the AmeriCorps Seniors network, which is the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. These volunteers help local agencies such as Plymouth Public Schools’ Reading Programs, Food Banks including South Shore Community Action Council, Veterans Services, and others.
We recognize and thank all volunteers for your important contributions to our community.
Matching Volunteers and Organizations
Thinking about becoming a volunteer? There are a variety of volunteer opportunities to match an individual’s interests. At OCES, we help our community partners by providing and connecting individuals to volunteer opportunities. For example, OCES recruits many volunteers for programs at other nonprofits, schools, and organizations throughout Plymouth County. For anyone who is 55 and older, OCES can provide information on RSVP of Plymouth County.
Visit the Volunteer Center
Not sure how to become a volunteer? Or, are you currently a volunteer seeking a new opportunity? The Volunteer Center at OCES, located at 204 South Meadow Road in Plymouth. Please call and make an appointment to be matched to a service opportunity that meets your needs! The Volunteer Center is a central place for prospective and current volunteers to talk one- on-one with Volunteer Program staff. They can assist in your search for volunteering opportunities that fit your skills and interests.
The Volunteer Center also serves as a designated space for volunteers to work together on specific projects, such as Letter Writing to Troops for National Days of Service and Remembrance.
Did you know? Individuals of all ages can volunteer, from high school and college students to retirees. There are many different outreach opportunities. You can choose a volunteer opportunity that best suits your schedule.
OCES is able to personally “match” volunteers and organizations. Interested in learning about the many different volunteer opportunities? Visit the Volunteer Center, open Tuesday, and Thursday by appointment only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information about volunteer opportunities throughout Plymouth County and the Southcoast, visit OCES’ website at www.ocesma.org/volunteer or contact OCES’ Volunteer Coordinator at 508-584-1561 ext.596.
The holidays can be a very stressful time of year. For some, it can be a time of reflection of “days gone by”, which can bring about feelings of loneliness or sadness. Older adults and individuals who are grieving may be particularly vulnerable to these feelings. The holidays may become overwhelming. As a result, some may withdraw and avoid social interaction. Although avoidance is the path of least resistance, it’s important to maintain social connections.
Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout Plymouth County and surrounding communities, has kicked off a #GivingTuesday campaign to support the expansion of the agency’s behavioral health services.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. It’s a time to recognize and honor family caregivers – spouses, partners, adult children caring for parents, grandparents caring for grandchildren, relatives, friends and neighbors - who step up to support their loved ones in countless ways.
Colleen Berroa, a resident of Brockton, MA, has been appointed Human Resources Manager at Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout Plymouth County and surrounding towns. OCES has offices in Brockton and Plymouth.
October is Global Diversity Awareness Month, a time to celebrate diversity and inclusion. According to National Today Global Diversity Awareness Month FAQS, it “is a reminder of the positive impact a diverse culture of people can have on society as a whole.”
Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency with offices in Brockton and Plymouth and proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County, has been honored as one of Cape & Plymouth Business Media 2023 Best Places to Work.
HANOVER AND PLYMOUTH, MA... Support a good cause with a day of fun at Starland in Hanover! Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) will host a fundraiser on September 17, 2023 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 p.m. at Starland Sportsplex and Fun Park at 637 Washington Street in Hanover.
September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month. OCES to hold Virtual Falls Prevention Presentations on September 13th
BROCKTON AND PLYMOUTH, MA… September is Falls Prevention Awareness month. Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), a nonprofit agency that supports the independence and dignity of older adults and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living, is offering two free virtual Falls Prevention presentations on September 13, 2023.
BROCKTON AND PLYMOUTH, MA… Do you struggle with Hoarding Disorder or excessive clutter? Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County, is offering a Buried in Treasures free in-person workshop series to offer support for individuals with hoarding tendencies.