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By John McAlpine
Volunteer Recruiter Catholic Community Services 

YOU can make a difference



Last updated 2/21/2020 at 4:15pm

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

— William James

You can make a difference in these ways:

State Health Insurance Benefit Advisor – All insurance companies in the state pay a fee to operate here. The Insurance Commissioner uses that money to fund the SHIBA program. You would be trained to help seniors understand and use Medicare. There is no charge for the training and no charge for those who use the services of a SHIBA.

If helping others with complicated issues appeals to you, get involved. Based in Lynnwood, you are trained and are kept current with any changes in the law and regulations.

We All Have to Eat – If the thought of hungry children or senior citizens bothers you, here is a way to make a difference. Working at a food bank doesn’t require a lot of time, just a commitment to helping others. RSVP works with food banks in the following communities; Arlington, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Snohomish and Stanwood-Camano. Some have jobs involving driving, all have jobs involving work with clients and behind the scenes. Please contact me today.

Give a Friend a Hand – Trying to come up with a cute or catchy phrase to attract your attention won’t work for this job. It is simply helping someone with chores in their home. You would assist with things like dishes, laundry, vacuuming and so on.

Since we all have these kinds of jobs to do for ourselves, all of you would be qualified to help. This helps a client stay in their homes and maintain independence. It doesn’t really take a lot of time. Matched with someone in your area, you and the client agree on the schedule.

Be Someone’s Designated Driver – Here in Snohomish County hundreds of seniors do not have personal transportation. Getting to doctor appointments and other essential errands, efficiently, is difficult using public transportation. That’s the niche the Volunteer Transportation program fills.

Designed to help people who don’t have a vehicle or a support network find a ride, you pick when you drive (Monday through Friday only), where you drive, (Snohomish County only etc.) and the time of day you drive (mornings or afternoons). If you have an insured vehicle with working lights, brakes and a horn and a desire to help, why not drive for Volunteer Transportation? Your driving record doesn’t have to be perfect. Clients enter and exit the car on their own.

Good Listeners Wanted – For the investment of a few hours a week, the ability to write short progress reports and the desire to help someone in your age range, Peer to Peer counseling could be a good job for you. The program is meant to assist people going through a tough emotional period of their life.

Clients are at least 60 years old. The clients are usually ready to move on after a few months of counseling. Training is provided by a Mental Health professional and takes place in Lynnwood. You are matched with someone who lives in your general area, meet with them weekly and write a short status report as required.


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