- Daily Meal Delivery
- Frozen Meal Delivery
- Assisting with “hands-on” projects at Senior Centers
- Volunteer Senior Ranger Corps at the Eisenhower National Historical Site
- Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement (EASI)
- APPRISE/Medicare Counseling Program
- Tax Assistance
- Chore Service
- Serving meals at Senior Centers
- Knitting Hats and Mittens
- Board of Directors and Advisory Council
Daily Meal Delivery
Volunteers are needed to transport hot, nutritious meals to functionally disabled, home-bound, handicapped or convalescent people, age 60 and over. A commitment of one day a week and access to transportation is required. The delivery process takes about one hour. Programs operate out of the senior centers in Biglerville, Gettysburg, Littlestown, McSherrystown and York Springs. In addition to providing a hot lunch, volunteers also serve as a daily check-in for people who live alone. For many participants, the volunteer is the only visitor they will have all day.
Frozen Meal Delivery
Volunteers transport bulk deliveries of 10 or 20 frozen meals to homebound clients who live outside the service delivery areas for daily home-delivered meals. A time commitment of one delivery trip each month is all that is needed. Meals are picked up at ACOFA in Gettysburg and taken to consumers in rural Adams County areas.
Assisting with “hands-on” projects at Senior Centers
This volunteer service can include playing games, leading crafts, art, music or presenting a travel or informational program. Volunteers are also needed to fill in for the Site Manager of the center when that person needs a day off. There are seven senior centers located in Adams County offering activities, exercise, trips, speakers, hot noon meals, and much more. For location, contact information and hours of operation, please call ACOFA.
Volunteer Senior Ranger Corps at the Eisenhower National Historical Site
At the Park Headquarters, volunteers work at photo-scanning pictures and records into computers, and using a data base to catalog artifacts, books and records from Eisenhower’s library. Outside work at the farm includes gardening, general clean-up & maintenance, repairing fencing, Show Barn historic Interpretation, videography and helping with special events.
Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement (EASI)
This group conducts monthly water monitoring of various streams throughout Adams County. Some volunteers go out into the streams to collect the samples; others do a chemical analysis of the samples by conducting a series of tests. Anyone who is concerned about the quality of water and other environmental issues is welcome to attend.
APPRISE/Medicare Counseling Program
Trained volunteers provide information and assistance with questions about insurance programs including Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Insurance, PACE and other prescription programs. Volunteers will also provide counseling to help Medicare beneficiaries learn about their options when choosing a supplemental or Medicare Advantage Plan. Volunteers must complete three days of state-sponsored training in order to be certified as APPRISE counselors. Time commitment is 3 hours one or two mornings a month.
Volunteers complete local, state and federal income tax forms for people age 60 and over at no charge. Training is required. Volunteer commitment is during tax season from February to mid-April.
Performing simple repairs, chore tasks or yard work for frail older people in their homes.
Serving meals at Senior Centers
Volunteers may go to any one of the seven senior centers and help serve meals to the participants. Volunteers are welcome to stay and eat with the center participants. Volunteers who are under age 60 will need to pay for their meal; volunteers over the age of 60 may make a contribution toward the cost of the meal.
An impartial representative or advocate who assists in investigating and resolving issues of concern or grievances made by or for older persons who are residents of long term care facilities, or consumers of in-home services. The Ombudsman will investigate complaints regarding care or services which may adversely affect the health, safety, welfare or rights of an older person.
Knitting Hats and Mittens
Each year, ACOFA contributes hats and mittens for children to the Family Holiday Outreach Program. Donations of homemade or store bought items are appreciated through early December.
Board of Directors and Advisory Council
The Adams County Office for Aging, Inc. (ACOFA) is governed by a 15 member Board of Directors. These individuals are appointed to a three year term and may be re-appointed to an additional three year term. The Board meets monthly, on the fourth Thursday of the month at the ACOFA building in Gettysburg. Each Board member is appointed to serve on at least one committee and most Board work is done through committees. Committees include Budget and Finance, In-home Services, Personnel, Strategic Planning, Property, Nominating and By-laws.
The Citizens Advisory Council is a group of 19 people, appointed by the Board, who meet monthly to give advice on the needs for programs and services for the older population of Adams County. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, usually at the ACOFA building in Gettysburg.
If you would like to get involved with either of these two groups, please call, e-mail or stop by today.