Put Your Talents to Work with these Volunteer Opportunities

Posted on 02/15/21 by Lyle Halvorson


Just because you might be staying home more these days, doesn't mean you can't do meaningful volunteer work. Whether you have special skills and expertise you want to share, or simply are passionate about helping others, we have a volunteer opportunity that's right for you. And you can do it all from the convenience and comfort of your own home!

To learn more about the following volunteer opportunities, call the AARP North Dakota state office toll-free at 866-554-5383, or contact Doreen Riedman at driedman@aarp.org or by calling 701-355-3643.

The Tax-Aide program provides free tax preparation to low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. The program is run entirely by volunteers.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers do not need tax preparation experience. They will complete a tax preparation workshop taught by local instructors prior to working with taxpayers. There is also a need for on-site greeters, and those who are skilled in technology.

Volunteers should have computer skills, enjoy meeting people and working with other volunteers, and be able to commit at least four hours a week from February 1-April 15. Schedules are flexible to accommodate winter vacations and other needs.

Driver Safety Instructors
The Driver Safety program is also operated entirely by volunteers. As a Driver Safety instructor, you would conduct four-hour driver safety classes geared towards people 50 and older in your community. New instructors receive training prior to conducting a class. Instructors are needed throughout North Dakota.

Advocacy Volunteers
Join a group of advocacy volunteers – people interested in building relationships with their local elected officials and have an interest in issues important to our members and their families. Your role would be to help educate elected officials on issues of importance to people 50-plus in North Dakota. This could include email or letter writing on various advocacy issues.

Fraud Fighters
AARP North Dakota is looking for people who are willing to virtually present fraud and scam information to small groups and clubs in communities in your area. You would receive training on the AARP Fraud Watch Network and on how to present virtually. You’ll be provided with valuable, up-to-date resources and information to share with others, helping to keep them from being scammed.

Virtual Event Volunteers
We have an ongoing need for member-volunteers who are willing to assist with virtual events. That could include being a virtual presenter on various topics, greeting and welcoming people in Zoom, introducing speakers, or serving as a discussion leader for online events.

Social Media, Telephone Town Halls
We also invite you to share AARP North Dakota Facebook posts and spread the word among your friends.

Another volunteer opportunity includes screening callers on telephone town hall events.

Online Speakers Bureau
Are you interested in providing virtual presentations to small groups in North Dakota? AARP is seeking volunteers to educate and inform the public on issues that matter most to North Dakotans 50-plus.

There's a portfolio of topics from which to choose (brain health, fraud, finances, retirement planning, HomeFit, and more), along with presentation materials.

Training will be offered online, and is planned for late summer. You'll learn about the materials available, and you'll get training on presenting in a virtual setting.

To Learn More
Training will be provided for all these roles. To learn more about any of these volunteer opportunities, contact Doreen Riedman at driedman@aarp.org or by calling 701-355-3643.

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