Community Involvement


Older Ohioans give more than 1.5 million hours of their time each year, helping people of all ages. The Department of Aging partners with other state entities to provide unique opportunities for older Ohioans to volunteer.

Volunteer Ombudsman Associate Program - Be an advocate for consumers of long-term care services and supports.

Volunteer Health and Wellness Leader - Help others live happier, healthier lives by avoiding injury and effectively managing chronic conditions.

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program - Help others make informed decisions regarding Medicare coverage (Ohio Department of Insurance).

GIVEback. GOforward. - Volunteering for College Tuition
GIVEback. GOforward.
Contribute to your community and earn college tuition credits (Ohio Department of Higher Education).

Additional Opportunities

Project MORE - Mentoring students with disabilities or at risk for reading failure.

ServeOhio - Help strengthen Ohio's communities.

Senior Corps - Take advantage of three unique opportunities, including RSVP, Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions.

Crisis Text Line - Bring comfort to people in crisis through friendly reassurance over text messaging.

Your local senior center or community action agency may welcome volunteers for a variety of programs. Contact your area agency on aging for more information about what is available where you live.


Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning is the continuing pursuit of knowledge to build skills, explore new ideas, enhance understanding and enrich life. Recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Education show that adult students are the fastest growing educational demographic. As human beings, we never stop learning. Studies have shown that continuing education, even well beyond the traditional retirement age, can help maintain or buffer our physical and mental well-being.

College for Seniors

Ohio's colleges and universities offer the over-60 learner various opportunities for enhanced continuing education experiences for older learners, sometimes at no cost.

Learn more from the Ohio Department of Higher Education.


Several national, state, community and other organizations provide diverse opportunities for older Ohioans to engage in lifelong learning through a variety of programs and experiences. They include college, university and technical school adult learning programs, Ohio State Park educational programs, senior centers, local health provider organizations, high schools and more. For help finding opportunities in your area, contact your area agency on aging.