Come for the classes. Stay for the friends!
The video below tells you why members enjoy volunteering for OLLI so much!
OLLI at UNH volunteers are significant assets; the essence and foundation of the program. OLLI brings its mission and values to life with a commitment to support volunteer engagement through all aspects of the program. OLLI creates and sustains a culture that provides volunteers the opportunity to use their skills, creativity, resourcefulness and dedication to fulfill productive, supported roles. OLLI recognizes and affirms a shared leadership model between staff and volunteers that expands the capacity of the program. The Shared Leadership model was introduced in 2012 to promote mutual respect between OLLI staff and volunteers and a strong, healthy program. It is intended to ensure that the volunteer leadership, Steering & Curriculum Committee in particular, in their role as member advocates, have an equal say in decisions relating to the best interest of the membership.
OLLI is a program that welcomes the skills, talents and expertise that you may have gained in a former position or a recent hobby or interest.
Since we are a member driven program there are many ways you can contribute. Do you like to cook or work at home on spreadsheets? Were you a teacher and miss being in front of a class? Maybe you miss being a manager or the camaraderie you enjoyed from working in an office. Maybe you just need a reason to get out of the house! OLLI is built on a premise that volunteerism helps adults stay active and purposeful – besides that your time helps support programs and activities designed for you!
Consider investing in yourself and others. Volunteers ensure that OLLI at UNH continues to grow and thrive.
Just complete and return the Volunteer Interest Form and return to OLLI office, Granite State College, 25 Hall St. Concord, NH 03301 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call the OLLI office at 603- 513-1377.
Teach your passion! Interested in sharing your skills/knowledge/experience in a particular area? We welcome you. Read the Presenter Handbook to find out more.
Curriculum Development: Develop classes or special interest groups. Identify and contact possible presenters. Gather information about member interests.
Central Committee: Work on ideas to support members in your area. Plan and implement activities that meet the needs of your community.
Member Recruitment/Retention: Promote OLLI by reaching out to groups and facilities where potential members might be, share the OLLI story and invite them to join. Keep in touch with current members to enhance the member experience.
Newsletter: Write short articles for our statewide newsletter – The “OLLI Outlook.”
Publicity: Work locally to increase awareness of OLLI by distributing catalogs, writing/placing articles in newsletters, newspapers, or community bulletin boards.
Course Assistant: Be an assistant to a presenter - take attendance, distribute handouts, help set up equipment, etc. Training is provided. Enjoy becoming better acquainted with your fellow classmates and our presenters.
Event Planning: Coordinate or help out with special events (Course Previews, social gatherings, etc.)
Support social events: Bake or cook for OLLI preview events, socials or holiday parties.
Zoom Moderator: Learn how to schedule and host OLLI classes on Zoom to support our presenters.
Steering Committee: Be part of the OLLI leadership that defines the vision, mission and strategic plan for our OLLI program.
Development: Design strategies for increasing member contributions and sponsorships from public and private organizations. Membership: Envision the possibilities of making OLLI accessible to even more adults over 50 while also ensuring a quality member experience.
Office Support in Concord: Support daily operations e.g. mailings, filing, database entry, phone calls and registration and have fun with OLLI staff at the same time!