News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Doug Singleterry, Commissioner Deputy Director

Sara Sooy, Commissioner Ÿ Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner


For Immediate Release

September 13, 2023


Somerset County-Operated Senior Wellness Centers Seeking Volunteers for Multiple Openings

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Office on Aging and Disability Services invites people to volunteer for multiple positions at its six county-operated senior wellness centers.  People searching for a fulfilling and fun opportunity should consider volunteering. Positions such as program and activity leaders, wellness program instructors, team support and food service handlers are available.

Studies have shown volunteering can improve one’s physical and mental health, provide a sense of purpose, teach new skills and nurture new and existing relationships, according to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic.

“People with spare time should consider volunteering at the senior wellness centers. It’s a great way to give back to the community in a warm and friendly environment,” said Somerset County Commissioner Paul M. Drake, liaison to the Office on Aging and Disability Services. “Volunteers really make a difference in the lives of seniors by providing their services and friendship, which seniors may not have access to outside of the senior wellness centers.”

Volunteer Opportunities

The county-operated senior wellness centers provide a wide range of wellness and education programs for lifelong enrichment in an uplifting atmosphere.  Some of the open volunteer positions include:

  • Program/Activity Leader – Choose to teach art classes, lead dance classes, provide computer instruction, present programs about history, music, science, and literature, or teach mind-stimulating games, such as Mahjong, Bridge and Pinochle.
  • Wellness Program Instructor – Lead yoga, tai chi, Zumba or meditation classes.
  • Evidence-Based Program Leader – Teach ways to promote health and prevent disease among older adults through GeriFit, self-management programs, Bingocize and fall prevention curriculums. Training is available.
  • Team Support Volunteer – Serve in the senior center’s reception area, write promotional blurbs about upcoming events, and call clients to promote upcoming events.
  • Food Service Volunteer – Help pack meals for the Home Delivered Meals program, portion and serve lunch for the congregate meal program, bus tables and assist with clean up.


  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
  • All volunteers must pass a criminal history background check, which will be conducted by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office at no cost to the individual.

For more information, contact Kati Domen at the Office on Aging & Disability Services via email or call 908-704-6220.

About the Office on Aging and Disability Services
The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services manages the county-operated senior wellness centers and is also a local agency for ensuring seniors (60+), adults with disabilities (18+) and their caregivers have easy access to information, as well as long-term services and support.

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