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 opportunities 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

For Those Interested in Leading Tai Chi Classes:

Fall Prevention Level One, March 31 and April 1 at the Castleton Community Center, 9-4 each  day. Leaders: Anne Bower & Laurie Knauer. There will be a required pre-training Zoom workshop on Sat., March 18, from 1-4. Registration can be done online at our website or by emailing Laurie ([email protected])

Fall Prevention Level Two, April 18 and April 25 at the Aldrich Memorial Library, Barre. Leader: Ellie Hayes. Registration can be done online at our website or by contacting Ellie ([email protected])

For Creative Companions:

Thursday, February 23 at 3:00 PM - Navigating Common Roadblocks as a Creative Companion Volunteer with Robert Pierce, Creative Aging Program Support. Click here to join the session.

Thursday, March 23 at 3:00 PM - Inspiring People to Create Art through Questions with Amy Brooks Thornton, Teaching Artist. Click here to join the session.

Thursday, April 27 at 3:00 PM - Creative Companion Volunteer Training, Topic TBD (Suggestions? Let us know!). Click here to join the session.

Watch recordings from past Creative Companion trainings:

Program Orientation, Position Responsibilities, and Navigating Boundary Setting as a Volunteer, with Robert Pierce, Creative Aging Program Support. Click here to view the recording.

Creative Interviewing I: An Introduction to Having Creative Conversations and Asking Open-Ended Questions, with Amy Brooks Thornton, Teaching Artist. Click here to view the recording.

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!

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.