Volunteer Guardian Program

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors


Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA)174 East Long StreetColumbus, OH 43215 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To provide mature, caring volunteer guardians for individualsliving in a protected setting whose mental impairments so incapacitate them that the are unable to make sound personal decisions, in order to enhance the quality of their lives.


It is often assumed that everyone has someone who will take care of them when they are unable to care for themselves. The fact is, not everyone has someone willing to be responsible for decision making. There are adults with mental incapacities in Central Ohio who do not have family or friends to assist them in this way. The need is growing.


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by Judy H. from Lancaster, OH (April 15, 2009)
This is a great opportunity to make a real difference in the life of one person who needs you to make really difficult decisions, e.g., medical treatment, end-of-life issues, residential and programming concerns. The best part is developing a relationship with your ward/friend before such decisions must be made, and working with others who provide care for your ward/friend.It is difficult when your ward/friend becomes ill but there is joy in guiding them and being with them to help them with the process of dying. There is much support and caring for you, the volunteer guardian, through the COAAA - I have never regretted a decision I have had to make for either of my wards/friends; I had guidance and someone to talk to before each decision. Church and community friends have been very helpful as well, through all phases of my role as a VG. Audra, Julia and Becky of COAAA are wonderful to work with, as are all of my fellow VGs. Lots of responsibilty, but also much laughter and love.

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