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, organize special events and trips, provide IT support, write for our newsletter, and much more. Volunteering with OLLI is a great way to meet new friends and enjoy the Berkshires. 

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. (And if you'd like to teach a course for OLLI, click here for more information.)

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.

Committee Chair: Virginia O’Leary


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 Chairs: Hope Hagler and Lance Sterman


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 FisherNaomi 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


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 and Maxine Bookless


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


    Mentoring 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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