I started volunteering at MAS about three years ago, after I retired from my job of 30 years and was looking for something to do occasionally. The staff at MAS are all extremely friendly and helpful. It's a wonderful place to be. The programs offered by MAS are exceptional. I have recommended them to several of my friends who were in need of help with their aging parents. Every one of them told me that they were so pleased with the help they got. I have witnessed the staff interacting with clients and seen how caring and respectful they treat the clients that come to see them. MAS is a wonderful organization. They are a great asset to the Missoula community in every respect; from helping people who come to them with various concerns, to helping volunteers feel like a useful part of the community. It's so important for all of us to feel like we still have something to contribute. I am always told how much I am appreciated and thanked for my service. That means the world to me. It gives me a purpose. Thank you to everyone at MAS.
I starting volunteering with Missoula Aging Services in 2013 after I retired. It is a very rewarding experience! The staff is always friendly, helpful and appreciative. I am thankful to be able to give back to my Missoula community!
Seven years ago I was newly retired and it didn't take me long to realized how much I missed certain aspects of my previous jobs, all of which entailed interaction with people of the community and public service. I was attracted to an ad for volunteers at MAS to assist with the Medicare D enrollment process. Having worked in the healthcare field, I felt I would be qualified and interested. When I applied, I was told, "sorry, but we have filled all the positions.....but with your experience in the field and clerical skills, we have just the position for you!" I became part of the administrative staff, working at the front desk one to two mornings a week. In that position I interacted with the wonderful professional staff at MAS and also numerous clients, many of whom I had known from previous jobs I had worked in Missoula. I have moved around into other volunteer opportunities at the agency and not only enjoyed but feel personally blessed that I have had the opportunity to help people. It has filled my need for social contact, increased my knowledge about MAS and all the wonderful ways they are here for the senior community in the area. I am amazed at all the variety of not only services but volunteer opportunities MAS provides for the senior community. I am also impressed with their staff! It has been a pleasure to be here and have so many great friends.
MAS is an organization that provides a variety of services to those in need. That includes me. I am 80 years old and am comprised by a variety of health problems so not able to volunteer. However, I have a good retirement plan which enables me to contribute money. This allows me to be part of the community and enhances my life as I am helping those in need. The journey is a most joyful one for me and I deeply appreciate MAS for the opportunity to have a small part in the process of giving.
So thank you for sharing and allowing me to help. I love the coupon program at the Farmers market and the Respite program. Thank you for everyone who helps those in need.
I am volunteering as a math tutor at Chief Charlo Elementary School. It is one of the best things I have ever done. Thanks to Missoula Aging Services for making it easy to do.
The difference it has made in my life is that the food bank people are like a family. I have worked there for 4 or 5 years and I lost my husband two years ago. They had my back and helped me get through it and having to go there took my mind off of things. Our customers are nice as well and I know several of them after all these years, I know what they like so I don’t bother taking them to things I know they don’t want. At any rate it has been a good experience for me.
Since retiring 5 years ago, volunteering through the RSVP program at MAS has given me a an opportunity to give back to my community and enabled me to meet a whole new set of friends. The staff at MAX are always kind, helpful and enthusiastic. I have referred many friends to MaSS for help and guidance in their lifes.
Without Missoula Aging Services and my volunteering for them I would be at home bored out of my head and just getting fat. I have 4 of the most wonderful clients. I give a lot of my self but my clients do not realize how much the give back to me.
I have the honor of being a volunteer for MAS and allowed to work with such wonderful people. I have fantastic clients and when I leave them at the end of my shift I leave feeling so happy and useful. Thank you Missoula Aging Services.
Mas has been one of the greatest experiences in my life. It has given me the opportunity to help children .mas was there for me at an unbearable time in my life and gave me support friendship and a reason to get up everyday. They are there for so many people and help in so many ways and if they cant help they can direct you to a place that can. Mas has one of the greatest staff of people I have ever dealt with. They are the best resource place in montana
I would be sitting around the house doing nothing. I feel needed now.
I have a client who lives in a senior residence. I take her shopping and to do errands. She has told me that going out with me is a bright spot in her week. She says she feels more connected to the community and feels that she belongs. She says the time with me gives her perspective on things she is dealing with and that she feels that I treat her as a whole person.
fIrst as a Foster Grandparent and now as a Senior Companion my experience has been and continues to be rewarding. Missoula Aging Services is a wonderful, professional organization, providing much needed and appreciated services to a wide community. I truly appreciate all they do and look forward to many more years working together.
"IT's ALL ABOUT SELFLESS SERVICE TO OTHERS!! AMEN."
As an older person I appreciate the help with Part D Medicaid for several years now. I appreciate MAS being there like money in the for the time that I may need the many other devices available to older people.
In my work, I collaborate with Missoula Aging Services (MAS) on several projects including Powerful Tools for Caregivers, educational programming, and Dementia Friendly Missoula. MAS is always open and willing to listen to ideas and work on programs that benefit seniors in our communities. MAS provides options for volunteers to assist with programs that spark their interests and talents. I am proud to work with MAS and know there are options for future collaborations.
Being a Senior Companion the last few months has enriched my life and I hope it has also enriched my clients. I have become more focused and organized since I joined the program. I have met so many nice and helpful people and I just hope I am making a difference in their lives also.
Missoula Aging Services is an amazing non-profit organization. I first encountered them when I needed help making sense of Medicare. I couldn't believe how helpful and friendly everyone was. A friend at church suggested I take the Stepping On balance/fall prevention class. The instructor, Elaine Carmichael made the class fun & relevant. That lead to my becoming an MAS Volunteer myself. People I know in other states wish they had something like MAS where they live and are jealous of me. MAS is the best!
My daughter and grandson moved 1800 miles away leaving me feeling alone and unneeded. Being welcomed by the people in Missoula Aging Services I once again felt useful. I have become a member of an extended family with friends I look forward to seeing and a way to give back to my community. Some of the nicest people in Missoula are here and you only need to volunteer to meet many more. Thank you Missoula Aging Services for all you do for those seeking your services and those volunteering. You rock!!!!
Great people, friendly, upbeat and very helpful. Awesome place to volunteer!!!!!
I became involved with Missoula Aging Services approximately 3 1/2 years ago after seeing an ad in the Missoulian for the Foster Grandparents program in the public schools. They worked very diligently to find a school near where I live and so I was placed at Russell Elementary School which turned out to be a perfect fit!! I worked with a kindergarten and second grade teacher. I absolutely loved working with them and their students! The students are definitely so lovable and eager to learn and that is so rewarding! I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity and would advise anyone who is bored to check out Missoula Aging Services! It's well worth your time!!