Volunteer for GLSS

We could not possibly fulfill our mission without the help of our more than 100 volunteers. And the reality is that some of our programs would not exist without volunteer support. If you like helping people—especially seniors—you might consider donating a few hours of time each week or each month to one of our programs—such as Money Management, Long-term Care Ombudsman, or Community Café—or offering assistance on an as-needed basis in our offices or at special events.

Criminal history background checks are part of the GLSS employment process, including volunteers. There are multiple ways to get connected.

Call our Information & Referral staff and ask for the volunteer coordinator: 781-599-0110.

Sign up for our Volunteer Alert Newsletter by clicking the link and choosing the Volunteer option.

Volunteer Openings

Volunteer Ombudsmen

Are you or anyone you know interested in helping make a difference in the lives of those living in long-term care settings? 

Volunteer ombudsmen visit and listen to residents' concerns as well as problem-solve. Many residents of long-term care facilities sometimes have little or no contact with the outside world and some have few visitors. An ombudsman volunteer who visits regularly can make a huge difference in the quality of life of a resident. 

If so, becoming a state trained and certified Ombudsman may be the right choice for you.


  • ...are advocates for those living in local nursing and rest homes
  • ...investigate and help resolve residents’ complaints
  • ...empower residents to help themselves
  • ...educate residents and family members about their rights
  • ...work to ensure facilities are fulfilling their responsibilities and meeting the residents’ needs


If you are interested in volunteering in Lynn, contact:

Jillian O’Brien
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Director
Phone: 781-586-8548

Volunteer Money Manager

  • As a trained bill payer, a Money Management volunteer assists an elderly individual by developing a simple budget, sorting mail, writing checks, and balancing a checkbook. The elder makes all the decisions and retains check-signing authority.
  • This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone, even a very busy person, to help an elderly community member in a very important way. A short training and year-round professional support is provided. A few hours a month is all it takes; the exact day and time can be flexible.
  • Right now we have a great need for Money Management volunteers to help elders in the Lynn area. If this sounds good to you, please give us a call or send along an email.

Contact: Nancy Keen at 781-586-8581 or email NKeen@glss.net