Become part of a nationwide program developed by AARP that assists frail, low income people age 60 who have difficulty with budgeting, paying bills and keeping track of their finances. Program participants are usually homebound, somewhat disabled, and without supportive family or friends who are able to assist with bill paying and record keeping. Thanks to Money Management volunteers, these seniors can continue to live independently and feel secure that another person is overseeing routine monthly obligations so that problems will not arise.
Volunteers receive training and ongoing support from Greater Springfield Senior Services and have the opportunity to attend informative trainings on timely topics such as Medicare, Medicaid, medical insurance and resources for clients with additional needs. Service area includes: Agawam, Brimfield, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Holland, Longmeadow, Monson, Palmer, Springfield, Wales, West Springfield and Wilbraham
There are three types of Money Management volunteer opportunities:
Bill Payers visit the elder at home once a month to write checks from a designated account, pay bills and balance the checkbook. The elder makes all the decisions and retains check signing capacity. The volunteer completes a monthly report recording the amount and type of bills paid. Volunteers and elders are carefully screened and matched.
Monitors review the work of Bill Payers by checking over the monthly reports and comparing them to the client's bank statements and canceled checks.
Representative Payees perform the same activities as Bill Payers, but they may assume legal authority to write and sign checks through a special checking account. Volunteers are appointed by the Social Security Administration with consent of the client's physician.
Terms: Car Required - Must Provide Own Transportation
Benefits: Accident / Liability, Training
Other Information Requested of Volunteers: references, criminal offender record investigation (CORI)
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Approx. 3 hours a month