Area Agency on Aging

Volunteer Opportunities

The ombudsman program provides advocates and friendly supporters for individuals living in nursing and assisted living facilities. A long term care ombudsman is specially trained and certified to advocate for quality care by developing positive relationships with facility residents and staff.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Intervene on behalf of the residents in long-term-care facilities to assure quality of care
  • Investigate, negotiate, mediate or initiate the resolution of complaints and concerns
  • Improve communication between residents, family members and facility staff
  • Provide general information and assistance regarding long term care options, standards of practice and quality of care issues

Volunteer Ombudsmen complete a course of state-sponsored training and usually work with one specific facility to contribute to the best possible quality of life for facility residents. Complete training and support are provided through the Area Agency on Aging as a foundation for a successful and rewarding volunteer experience.

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Volunteer Benefits Counselors complete twenty-five hours of training and use their knowledge to assist older adults in accessing benefits by being available at senior centers, nutrition sites, or wherever a need is identified.

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Other Volunteer Opportunities

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Contact Information

Lisa Hancock

Public Education and Volunteer Specialist
Phone: (806)331-2227
Toll-Free: (800)642-6008
Fax: (806)350-7896


Criminal Justice Planning Fund (Fund 421) Source: A biennial appropriation by the Texas Legislature from funds collected through court costs and fees. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, §102.056 and §102.075. Section 772.006 of the Texas Government Code designates CJD as the Fund's administering agency.
FY Appropriation: Set annually
Purpose: Support a wide range of projects designed to reduce crime and improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
Eligibility: State agencies, units of local government, independent school districts, nonprofit corporations, Native American tribes, COGs, universities, colleges, hospital districts, juvenile boards, regional education service centers, community supervision and corrections departments, crime control and prevention districts, and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for grants under this fund.  Faith-based organizations must be certified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt nonprofit entities.  Grantees may not use grant funds or program income for proselytizing or sectarian worship.
Award Criteria: Meet the criteria codified in the TAC, Title 1, Part 1, Chapter 3, Subchapter C, Division 1
Frequency of Award: Annual


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