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Barrington Area Council On Aging Charity Profile
The Barrington Area Council on Aging's mission is to serve seniors, family caregivers, and the community. BACOA strives to create a continuous circle of care, with people helping people across generations. We touch the old and the young; the frail, the active, and those caring for others.
Our services and programs help older adults maintain a quality of life that matches their needs, their wants and their abilities. Most BACOA services are free or on a sliding-fee scale based on the senior's financial status.
We can provide assistance in such areas as:
Information on housing options or in-home care services
Meals with Wheels, which served more than 2,500 meals last year
Counsel on insurance, benefits and Medicare Part D
Support and education groups for seniors and caregivers
Activities and programs for active seniors
Educational programs and services for the community on issues related to aging
Barrington Area Council On Aging Volunteer Information
We depend on our volunteers to help us achieve our mission. At BACOA, we have many different ways to serve seniors and the community, so we welcome your time and energy in support of our efforts. Whether you can commit a few hours a month or a few hours a week, BACOA has opportunities for enthusiastic volunteers of all ages.
Our volunteer opportunities include:
The Senior Lunch and Activity Program
BACOA, in coordination with Catholic Charities of Lake County, offers lunch programs three times a week for seniors. A hot noonday meal is provided at the Barrington Park District on Monday and at Greencastle of Barrington on Thursday. The program's activities include bingo, music and presentations on health and nutrition. Volunteers serve lunch, prepare and clean up table and kitchen areas, and check in program participants.
Meals with Wheels
Volunteer drivers deliver a healthy, hot noon meal to persons who are unable to shop or prepare their own meals. The meals, prepared under the supervision of a registered dietitian, are delivered Monday through Friday.
Volunteers will drive seniors to the grocery store, pharmacy or to personal care appointments.
Seniors can often use a helping hand with home maintenance work such as yard work, removing snow or minor home repairs. Volunteers can provide help on an occasional basis or commit to a regular visit.
Volunteers can work at BACOA's office, assisting with answering phones, computer work and special mailings. One day per month is required.
The Friendly Visitor Program
This program matches seniors with a volunteer who visits on a weekly basis. The visit may include help writing letters, shopping, running errands, or simply a cordial visit and conversation.
The Adopt-a-Grandparent Program
Seniors are paired with Barrington High School students. Regular visits help create friendships while giving both generations a chance to learn from each other.
Since volunteers will be working with vulnerable and frail seniors, as well as high school students, all positions require:
A completed volunteer application
Three letters of reference
An interview with the volunteer and program coordinators
Criminal background and drivers license checks and proof of auto insurance (for volunteer drivers).
Barrington Area Council On Aging Donation Information
During the past 22 years, the Barrington Area Council on Aging has been the primary organization in the Barrington area that assists our growing population of seniors and family caregivers as they deal with issues related to aging.
None of this would be possible without the help of our community. BACOA is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3, and private contributions are a critical resource for us to provide these important services and programs.
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