By John McAlpine
Volunteer Recruiter, Catholic Community Services 

Feeling guilty? Do some good!


Last updated 1/23/2020 at 12:31pm

“Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.” — Voltaire

You can do some good this way:

Help a Neighbor- There is no fancy or cute way for me to describe this volunteer job. It is something we all have to do. The thing is, some of us have trouble doing these chores as we age. You would assist with things like dishes, laundry, vacuuming and so on. This helps clients stay in their homes and maintain some degree of independence. It doesn’t take a lot of time. Matched with someone in your area, you and the client agree on the schedule.

Help a Neighbor by Driving- Volunteer Transportation is a program designed to help people who don’t have personal transportation or a support network find a ride. If you have a few hours a week to give, 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. Most rides are to medical appointments or the grocery store. 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). Clients enter and exit the car on their own.

Help a Neighbor by Listening- Peer to Peer counseling is meant to assist people going through a tough emotional period of their life. 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.

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Clients are at least 60 years old. Training is provided, ongoing and takes place in Lynnwood. You are matched with someone who lives in your general area. Meeting with the client weekly, you write status reports as required.

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

Help a Neighbor Get Something to Eat- Hunger never takes a day off. Now that the holidays are in the rear view mirror, we tend to forget about our neighbors who use food banks. In Washington, 1 in 6 children struggle with hunger. With a percentage like that we probably see children in this circumstance on a daily basis and never even know it.

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Working at a food bank doesn’t require a lot of time, just the 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 at: [email protected]


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