Volunteering with OLLI is a great way to meet new friends and to enjoy the Berkshires. Over 150 OLLI at BCC members volunteer in some capacity, from teaching classes and mentoring BCC students to helping out in the office.
Do you have expertise or experience you'd like to share and explore with others? Ready to teach for OLLI? If so, we would love to hear from you! Click here to download your course proposal form. (And yes, all of our terrific instructors are volunteers!)
Mission of Mentoring for Success: The free Mentoring for Success Program offered by OLLI at BCC supports the development of ongoing, personal relationships in which OLLI members (mentors) share knowledge, skills, information and perspective to encourage the personal and professional growth of highly focused BCC students (mentees) who have specific plans for a career and/or continuing their education at a four year college.
OLLI's Shared Interest Groups, or SIGs, are member led groups that share a common interest or activity. They are free and exclusively for OLLI members. We invite you to join one or start your own!
Join An OLLI Committee
See the list below of OLLI committees; we welcome new members. Interested in volunteering for a committee? Just send a brief email about what committee(s) in which you are interested to OLLI Volunteer Coordinator Chelly Sterman by clicking here or call her at 413-298-4366.
Help Create Classes & Events
Science Curriculum Committee
Develop science classes & recruit science instructors.
Committee Chairs: Andy Fisher and Tony Segal
Social Science Curriculum Committee
Recruit instructors and develop classes in the social sciences, including history, politics, psychology and more.
Interim 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.
Committee Chairs: Chelly Sterman and Chris Guidette
Summer II Semester Committee
Recruit instructors and develop courses
Committee Chairs: Steve Tobin and Leonard Tabs
Distinguished Speakers Series Committee
Recruits speakers and develops annual speaker series.
Committee Chair: Hope Hagler
Special Events Committee
Develops and staffs special events, including daytrips, tours and more.
Chair: Arline Breskin
Performing Arts Initiative
Develops partnerships and programs with Berkshire performing arts organizations.
Co-Chairs: Karel Fisher, Naomi Spatz and Barbara Waldinger
University Day Committee
Develop and organize periodic University Days – one day learning experiences featuring a variety of speakers.
Chair: Katherine Kidd
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.
Chairs: Monica Sinclair and Ellen Croibier
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
Advisory oversight of OLLI endowment.
Chair: Leonard Tabs
Mentoring and Career Networking Committee
Organizes Mentoring for Success program, pairing OLLI members with Berkshire Community College students in mentor-mentee relationships.
Chair: Bob Braddick