Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer OpportunitiesThe Volunteer Guardian Program, a collaborative effort by various County agencies and the Probate Court, exists to meet the need of the growing number of indigent wards in Summit County. Jewish Family Services administers the program and matches one volunteer with one person who is unable to make decisions for him/herself. No prior experience is needed because there is extensive training. Volunteers visit their ward once a month, respond to calls about medical treatment, and submit an annual report to the Court.

If you wish to become a Volunteer Guardian, you must be at least 21 years old, have reliable transportation, submit an application with references, attend an interview and training session, and complete a no cost background check.

To hear from our volunteer guardians, see the Volunteer Guardian Program video.

To learn more about becoming a Volunteer Guardian, contact the Volunteer Guardian Program at: or (330) 812-3840.


The Senior Visitor Program helps to monitor the care and circumstances of wards residing in long-term care facilities. The services of Senior Visitor Program volunteers provide both a support to the guardian in place and a valuable tool to ensure that the needs of these seniors are being met.

Once the initial training is complete, you decide when to accept a case and the number of cases your schedule will allow. You visit one of our seniors, fill out a brief report and return it to the Court.   If you report a problem, the Court takes action. If you find no problem, you will always brighten the day of the person you visit!

To become a Senior Visitor volunteer, you must be 21 years old, hold a current Ohio driver’s license, have dependable transportation, complete an application with three references, and complete a no cost background check.

To hear from our volunteer visitors, see the Senor Visitor Program video.

To learn more about becoming a Senior Visitor Volunteer, contact the Probate Court’s Senior Visitor Program at (330) 643-8771 or by email at