New and Modified Programs, Services and Volunteer Opportunities offered in response to COVID-19
Programs and Services:
COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities: Would you like to share your skills and gifts with older adults in Orange County? Email Shenae McPherson or call 919-245-4243.
Emergency Plan & Serious Illness Plan: When we make health decisions ahead of time and put those wishes in writing, we bring peace of mind to our families and to ourselves. The Project EngAGE End of Life Choices Senior Resource Team has created a document to aid in beginning your process for emergency planning during this COVID-19 health crisis. This form is not intended to be or to replace your advanced directives document, but is to be used as a tool to provide additional information for quick access should you need it. Access the form here.
Grocery Delivery Service: If you are in need of grocery delivery, or if you know an older adult who would benefit from this service, Volunteer Connect 55+ is now offering this resource. To register for this program, complete the online request form or contact the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087. This service is being offered to Orange County residents age 60 and over. Ordering requirements apply.
Seymour Tech Remote Learning: We are offering FREE remote technology courses via Zoom. Find the schedule and sign up for these remote learning courses at www.seymourtechcenter.org. Find the course you want and simply click to enroll for each class.
Supplemental Advanced Directive for Dementia Care (SADD): Final Exit Network’s Supplemental Advance Directive for Dementia Care (SADD) is available for individuals to use. But please remember that this directive is not for everybody. It is only for relatively knowledgeable users of advance directives, those who have given plenty of thought to this issue and who have made up their minds: they would choose self-deliverance by VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking) over being spoon fed for years after they cannot or would not otherwise eat. Download the SAAD form.
Supplemental Food Box Program: A FREE monthly Commodity Supplemental Food Program food box is available for qualifying for Orange County residents, age 60 and over who meet income requirements. Contact us for information or to apply
Tax Assistance - Virtual Services: The Orange County VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) has transitioned to a Virtual Service providing assistance with 2019 tax returns for some taxpayers. The tax filing deadline for both Federal and NC State returns has been delayed to July 15, 2020. To learn more visit our VITA website.
Telephone Reassurance: As we continue to enforce social distancing, and social gatherings aren’t possible, we want to make sure you’re doing okay. Would you like a daily phone call just to check on you? We are actively enrolling new Orange County adults age 55 and over. If interested, contact us today!
The Orange County Department on Aging can connect you with a variety of volunteer opportunities through our Volunteer Connect 55+ Volunteer Program. You can become a community resource leader through our Project EngAGE 13-week senior leadership program, assist with tax preparation through VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program), provide Medicare counseling through SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance and Information Program), help teach computer classes at The Seymour Technology Center, and so much more!
Volunteer Connect 55+ (VC 55+) is a program of the Orange County Department on Aging to enrich the lives of people 55+ in Orange County by connecting them to meaningful volunteer experiences in the community.
Handy Helpers is a volunteer based minor home repair program through the Orange County Department on Aging. Repairs and ramps are completed to code by volunteers, often older adults, throughout Orange County.
Project EngAGE is 13-week senior leadership program, whose mission is to recruit and train Orange County older adults to become community resource leaders, and to ultimately make their communities ideal places to age.