Get involved with OLLI: volunteer, teach, and more!

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

Newsletter Committee

Writes and edits thrice-yearly OLLI newsletter.

Chair: Christopher Guidette

Development Committee

Raises funds to support OLLI’s educational programs.

Chair: Ben Liptzin

Membership Committee

Develops and staffs new member outreach events and programs.

Chairs: Monica Sinclair and Ellen Croibier

Help Out Behind the Scenes

    Technology Committee

    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

    Investment Committee

    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

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