VOLUNTEER WITH OLLI
Help Create Great Programs | Meet New People | Share Your Knowledge & Skills | And More!
OLLI at BCC is volunteer-powered. Over 200 members volunteer to recruit instructors and plan classes and talks, organize special events and trips, provide technology support, write for our newsletter, and much more. Volunteering with OLLI is a great way to meet interesting new friends and help create the kind of learning opportunities you would most enjoy attending!
Check out the list below of OLLI committees; they welcome new members. Just send click on the committee chair's name and send them a note indicating your interest in learning more.
Or contact our OLLI Volunteer Coordinator Chelly Sterman by clicking here or call her at 413-298-4366. She is happy to help connect you to a volunteer opportunity you will enjoy. If you'd like to teach a course for OLLI, click here for more information. If you are interested in starting a Shared Interest Group, you can read more about them here.
Help Create Classes & Events
Science Curriculum Committee
Develop science classes & recruit science instructors.
Social Science Curriculum Committee
Recruit instructors and develop classes in the social sciences, including history, politics, psychology and more.
Committee Chair: John Dickson
Literature Curriculum Committee
Recruit instructors and develop classes in the literary arts.
Committee Chair: Richard Matturro
Arts Curriculum Committee
Recruit instructors and develop classes in the performing and visual arts.
Summer II Semester Committee
Recruit instructors and develop courses for the second summer semester.
Distinguished Speakers Series Committee
Recruits speakers and develops annual speaker series.
Committee Chair: Hope Hagler
Special Events Committee
Develops and staffs special events, both online and in-person, including daytrips, tours and more.
Chair: Arline Breskin
Performing Arts Initiative
Develops partnerships and programs with Berkshire performing arts organizations.
University Day Committee
Develop and organize periodic University Days – one day learning experiences featuring a variety of speakers.
Chair: Katherine Kidd
OLLI Art Show Committee
Help organize OLLI's annual member art show. In 2021 it was held online for the first time. In June 2022, we'll be in the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.
Co-chairs: Chelly Sterman
Help Get the Word Out About OLLI's Great Programs
Writes and edits thrice-yearly OLLI newsletter.
Chair: Christopher Guidette
Raises funds to support OLLI’s educational programs.
Chair: Ben Liptzin
Develops and staffs new member outreach events and programs.
Provides audio/visual support for OLLI events and classes. Conducts IT data analysis, surveys and demographic studies in support of the Membership and Curriculum Committees.
Chair: Bob Desrosiers
Organizes Mentoring for Success program, pairing OLLI members with Berkshire Community College students in mentor-mentee relationships.
Chair: Bob Braddick
Ensures our programs, members, leaders, instructors and speakers represent and celebrate the full diversity of our communities.
Chair: Barbara Lane