Volunteer Training

Learn more about upcoming volunteer training opportunities and resources.

CVCOA Supports Volunteers

CVCOA offers training and support opportunites throughout the year. Each volunteer position includes training oppounrities for that specific role. Meals on Wheels drivers receive specialized training related to food safety and meal delivery proceedures. Evidence-based programs are led by certified volunteer instructors who engage in initial and ongoing training. CVCOA also connects all volunteers with training opportunities and resources to help build confidence and skills, set and maintain boundaries, understand CVCOA's services and role in the community, and communicate effectively. See the resources below for general training on communication, ageism awareness, and more. 

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) Volunteer Instructor Training

Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) is looking for volunteers aged 55 and over to lead Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) classes for older adults. Become an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer today with our RSVP program and make a difference in your community!

AFEP is a low impact and evidence-based program. It is well-balanced, including exercises for flexibility, strengthening, balance and cardiorespiratory endurance. Volunteers who choose to get involved can truly make a difference in others’ health and well-being. In addition, studies show that volunteering results in an increase in the volunteer’s mental and physical health and life satisfaction.

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2022, 2 to 4:30 pm

Place: Waterbury Public Library, (SAL Room), 28 N. Main Street, Waterbury, Vt.

For more information, please contact Anne Greshin at [email protected] or 802-241-4840.

Become a Creative Companion volunteer!
CVCOA is excited to kick off our next round of Creative Care Kits! Volunteer Creative Companions are integral to this program, helping to enhance social connection by inspiring and motivating others to complete creative activities. Click here to learn more about this volunteer opportunity and apply today!

We have two upcoming trainings for Creative Companions:

Thursday, November 3rd at 3:00 p.m. - Program Orientation, Position Responsibilities, and Navigating Boundary Setting as a Volunteer, with Robert Pierce, Creative Aging Program Support

Thursday, November 10th at 3:00 p.m. - Creative Interviewing: An Introduction to Having Creative Conversations and Asking Open-Ended Questions, with Amy Brooks Thornton, Teaching Artist

Additional Volunteer Training Resources

Changing the Narrative

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Reframing aging toolkit and resources.

Frameworks Institute

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Framing can help address negative attitudes toward aging. FrameWorks' research offers powerful ways to shift thinking about aging and older people.