Nursing homes are very happy to have volunteers. Contact the activities director and go in for an orientation. Typical activities are one-on-one room visits, writing or reading letters and stories, card or board games, sharing your interests and skills, and helping with their programs. Popular times are late morning and midafternoon.
Amesbury Village Skilled Nursing and Rehab, 22 Maple St., Amesbury, 978-388-4682
Brigham Manor Nursing and Rehab Center, 77 High St., Newburyport, 978-462-4221
Country Rehab and Nursing Center, 180 Low St., Newburyport, 978-465-5361
Harborside Health Care-Maplewood, 6 Morrill Place, Amesbury, 978-388-3500
Port Health Care, 113 Low St., Newburyport, 978-462-7373
SeaView Retreat, 60 Mansion Drive, Rowley, 978-948-2552
Opportunity Works, 10 Opportunity Way, Newburyport. This organization serves adults with developmental disabilities beginning at age 22. Volunteers are enthusiastic, compassionate and willing to work hard for the benefit of others while having lots of fun. The organization offers a variety of high-quality services that lead people to independence, including socialization and employment. A sampling of volunteer opportunities: landscaping, special activities such as music, exercise, hothouse gardening, community events and one-to-one relationships. Please contact Karen Nicholas for more information at 978-462-6144, ext. 240, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.opportunityworks.org.
Our Neighbors’ Table, P.O. Box 592, Amesbury, MA 01913; 978-388-4863 or 978-835-3016. Our Neighbors’ Table serves a free community meal every Wednesday, 4 to 6 p.m., and hosts a food pantry every Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are needed throughout the week to help prepare for and implement these programs. Please contact Joan at email@example.com or 978-388-1907 for more information.
Parental Stress Hotline, firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-632-8188 (a Massachusetts-only number), 24-hour hotline to defuse parental stress. This hotline requires a one-year commitment to take telephone shifts on a statewide toll-free hotline. Overnight shifts taken in the volunteer’s home via a call-forwarding system. Ten hours of training and mentoring takes place in Watertown.