Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers play an essential role in delivering programs and services to older persons.  They enjoy the full support and respect of the PLOWS staff.  People who give freely of their time and talents to help others enable PLOWS to assist more than 10,000 clients each year.  The combined efforts of volunteers and staff allow clients to live independently in their homes and their chosen community.

Newsletter Delivery

PLOWS is in need of a few volunteers for a couple of hours every other month to deliver newsletters throughout our service area.  Volunteers need to use their own car for deliveries.  Mileage will be reimbursed.  Routes and delivery times can be adapted to your schedule.  Help us get the word out about PLOWS programs.

Advocacy
PLOWS strives to help older adults achieve economic stability.  Activities toward this goal include assistance with many Federal and State applications for benefits that pay for utilities, medications, food, etc..  Due to the numbers of older adults served in this program, volunteers are essential in this effort.  PLOWS provides necessary training and supervision to volunteers interested in this activity. Candidates must be: compassionate and patient, computer literate, passionate about accuracy, detail oriented, and reliable.  Advocacy volunteers need to be available 3-4 hours weekly between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Call us to discuss a flexible schedule.

Home Delivered Meals
The home delivered meals program is a service that responds to the vital need of the elderly for good nutrition.  This program provides a well balanced diet for clients who are homebound or unable to prepare their own meals.  Volunteers in the home delivered meals program deliver prepared food to clients living in Alsip, parts of Bridgeview, Evergreen Park, Merrionette Park, Chicago Ridge, Hickory Hills, and Worth.  Drivers are asked to be available one morning a week, Monday through Friday.  You must be able to walk up flights of stairs in some cases in order to reach the client’s apartment or home.  New volunteers are invited to accompany an experienced driver on a delivery route to learn if this rewarding program is right for them.  You must have your own car with insurance and a good driving record.

Fundraising Opportunities
Volunteers who are willing to assist in the PLOWS Ad book, our major annual fundraising event, help make it possible to continue all of the programs and services offered by PLOWS.  Volunteers may work from their home or at the PLOWS office to solicit advertisements by telephone.  Some Ad Book volunteers also visit area businesses in person to request support for the agency.  Flexible scheduling makes this a perfect position for persons who are very busy but would like to help PLOWS continue their commitment to the elderly community.  The fundraising campaign begins in spring and ends in early fall.  Once completed, volunteers are asked to help deliver the ad book to advertisers to thank them for their support.