Simple acts of kindness go a long way

Your time is a valuable gift to share that makes a big impact for seniors and people with disabilities.

The CICOA Volunteer Program will connect you with people and programs that will utilize your skills and talents to make a difference to others in our community.

If you have any questions, please call or email CICOA’s Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@cicoa.org or 317-803-6003.

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Your time and talent is a treasure to CICOA and the people we serve throughout Central Indiana!

Friendly phone calls are a great way to volunteer with seniors and make a positive difference, and lending a hand with home projects helps seniors age safely at home.

Senior Buddies Telephone Reassurance Volunteers

Senior Buddies

Call a senior on a regular basis (daily, once or twice a week) to check in with them and have a brief conversation.

CICOA Handy Heroes

Handy Heroes

Use your skills to help seniors with home maintenance repairs, accessibility issues, painting, cleanup or yard work. See flyer for projects and expectations.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteers Needed to Call Seniors

Volunteering with Seniors Fights Social Isolation

At CICOA, we have volunteers calling about 200 seniors every week. They chat about the weather, about grandkids or memories of their youth. It may not seem like a lot, but simple gestures can be the difference between life and death.

Social isolation is a serious issue, and seniors are at the greatest risk. Isolation isn’t about being alone; it’s about feeling lonely and disconnected. People who feel lonely may have weakened immune systems that have trouble fighting off viruses, which makes them more susceptible to infectious diseases. Studies show that social isolation can also increase someone’s risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, and even death.

We all need social interaction to thrive. It’s one of the reasons CICOA has a volunteer program.

If you want to become a Senior Buddies volunteer, we’d love to have you join us and call a senior on a regular basis (daily, once or twice a week) to check in with them and have a brief conversation. There’s never been a more important time to stay connected.

“Other people’s needs are always more important and greater than mine. Their smiles are priceless.”

Lamar Ziegler was named the 2019 Senior Volunteer of the Year