Volunteer Opportunities

volunteer opportunities

Volunteers are vital to keeping Baltimore vibrant and welcoming because volunteerism helps people in need and the volunteers themselves. We invite retired older adults over the age of 55 to join these volunteer programs. Volunteers must go through a background check to ensure the right fit.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
RSVP is perfect for older adults who want to share their knowledge, skills, and life wisdom. We’ll match you with an opportunity that aligns with your specific interests. Baltimore’s schools, science center, aquarium, and other community places are eager for older volunteers like you. This is a year-round opportunity and older adults can join at any time. To learn more, call (410) 361-9400.

Senior Companion Program (SCP)
If you prefer volunteering in a more personalized setting, SCP is for you. Many of your older neighbors are homebound and don’t have many opportunities to get out and socialize. SCP brings volunteers like you into their homes so they can remain independent in the community. The SCP program provides its volunteers with a small hourly stipend and a monthly bus pass. You can do as many or as few hours as you want. This is a year-round opportunity and older adults can apply at any time. The stipend will not interfere with Social Security benefits. To learn more, call (410) 396-2273.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO)
Volunteers in the LTCO program are trained to help promote quality of care and quality of life in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The LTCO investigates complaints, advocates for resident rights, educates nursing home staff, and monitors care facilities on behalf of the older adults who live there. For more information, call (410) 396-3144.

State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
SHIP volunteers assist their neighbors with their Medicare questions and other health insurance issues. As a SHIP volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to provide peer-to-peer counseling, education, and outreach to people receiving Medicare benefits. This opportunity is only available during open enrollment. To learn more, call 410-396-CARE (2273).