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Serving People

Offering meaningful volunteer opportunities

Many of TARCOG’s Area Agency on Aging programs rely on volunteers who are generous with their time and care to ensure fellow neighbors will thrive in their elder years.

Below is a summary of programs that offer meaningful volunteer opportunities. You may also contact us at 256-830-0818 for information about volunteering.

Dementia Friendly Alabama

TARCOG’s Area Agency on Aging seeks to replicate programs established by the Central Alabama Aging Consortium (CAAC) to initiate a dementia friendly community by building partnerships with business, government and community leaders. A dementia friendly community is one where those living with Alzheimer’s and their care partners feel respected, supported, and included in everyday community life. 

To request information, learn how to volunteer, or report long-term care issues, contact: Alicia Howard, Lead Ombudsman,, 256-716-2451

Click here to learn more about Dementia Friendly Alabama.

Senior Center Volunteer Opportunities

TARCOG works with senior centers throughout our five-county region in their efforts to meet some of seniors’ most important needs, from nutritious meals, wellness, and transportation assistance to socialization and continuing education opportunities. These centers eagerly welcome volunteers looking to help with programs at the local level.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Volunteers

TARCOG’s long-term care ombudsmen are advocates who work to improve the quality of life and protect the health, safety, welfare, and rights of residents living in long-term care and assisted living facilities.

Volunteer Application

Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is a volunteer-based program whose goal is to educate seniors in Alabama about Medicare and Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse. Losing Medicare/Medicaid dollars hurts beneficiaries because premiums, copayments, and deductibles go up, and benefits could go down.

Alabama State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

Volunteer with SHIP to help Medicare beneficiaries make informed choices regarding insurance benefits by providing information about all benefits and resources available. 

Volunteer Application