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You can make a difference just giving your time


Last updated 7/25/2018 at Noon

As we work our way through the spectacular (usually) summers we get here in the Northwest, it’s good to remember that people all around us struggle with things we might take for granted.

Volunteer Transportation – In our automobile-centric culture, driving ourselves to wherever we need to go comes as second nature for many of us. We have an appointment, need something at the store, have to be somewhere at a certain time, we simply hop in our car and go.

But this is not the case for some of our neighbors. They are without a car and, for whatever reason, don’t have a support network to go to for a ride to the doctor’s office. There are many clients of the Volunteer Transportation program waiting for more drivers in the hopes a ride will become available for them. You choose where and when you drive.

Peer to Peer Counseling – This program of Homage Senior Services offers training to volunteers who can meet on a weekly basis, for an hour, with a client who has recently suffered a traumatic loss or is mildly depressed. You are a sounding board for them, writing progress reports and attending ongoing training at the Homage facility in Lynnwood. You are matched with someone in your area.

Student Mentor/Coach – School will be back in session before we know it. I didn’t call this a tutor job, because I don’t to scare anyone. To help a young student, all that’s really required is time and attention on your part. There is a short training orientation, and you are not there to discipline the students. This is the kind of opportunity that can change someone’s life. Maybe you will be that someone.

Food Banks – RSVP works with food banks in the following communities; Arlington, Edmonds, Everett (2), Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville (2), Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo and Stanwood-Camano. Food banks rely on a team of volunteers to get the job done. If you live in, or near, any of these food banks we can find a job for you there.

Volunteer at the Monroe Fair – Each summer we (RSVP) staff the information booths at the two main entry points, and rent strollers, wagons and wheelchairs to fair goers. If you volunteer, parking is paid for, and you get a pass to the fair. Shifts are four hours long. We provide chilled water and some munchies.

There is a short training session in Monroe at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. The Fair runs from Thursday, Aug. 23, to Monday, Sept. 3. We have 144 slots to fill. Can you help us out?


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