By John McAlpine
Volunteer Recruiter, Catholic Community Services. 

Nothing beats the joy of giving



Last updated 12/18/2019 at 2:01pm

“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.” — Helen Keller

You can bring some cheer this way:

Help Someone by Listening - If you have a few hours a week, the ability to write short progress reports and desire to help someone going through a tough time, Peer to Peer counseling might be a good job for you. Peer counseling clients are at least 60 years old. Training is provided, ongoing and takes place in Lynnwood. Matched with someone near where you live, you meet weekly and write status reports as required.

Are You a Road Warrior? - Do you like driving? Do you have a few hours a week to spare? Do you have an insured vehicle with working lights, brakes and a horn? Then you can drive for Volunteer Transportation and help a neighbor at the same time. You don’t have to have a perfect driving record to participate.

Volunteer Transportation is a program designed to help people who don’t have personal transportation or a support network find a ride. Most rides are to medical appointments or the grocery store. 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). Clients enter and exit the car on their own.

SHIBA - What is SHIBA? It’s an acronym for State Health Insurance Benefit Advisor. If you like helping others with complicated issues, this type of volunteering might be for you. This program exists to help seniors understand and use Medicare, free of charge. Based in Lynnwood, you receive training and are kept current with any changes in the law and regulations.

Volunteer Chore - There is no fancy or cute way for me to describe this volunteer job. It is exactly as titled. Assist with things like dishes, laundry, vacuuming and so on. It doesn’t take a lot of time. Matched with someone in your area, you and the client agree on the schedule. This helps clients stay in their homes and maintain some degree of independence.

Food Banks - In Washington, 848,990 people are struggling with hunger - and of them 284,760 are children. That fact is from the Feeding America.Org Washington page. Hunger never takes a day off.

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: [email protected]

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