By John McAlpine
RSVP Program Recruiter
Sponsored by Catholic Community Services, RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for persons older than 55 and the only program where the collective contribution of the senior volunteer is recorded. RSVP exists to help volunteers 55+ find fulfillment in their volunteer work. Volunteer opportunities exist all over Snohomish County.
Tutors/mentors: School tutors/mentors are needed. Previous teaching/tutoring experience is not required for this volunteer job. Do you think school is important? You can help by volunteering a few hours a week. This can be done in the classroom (the teacher is always there) or after school in some cases.
Volunteer transportation: We all know traffic in our area is at best, horrible! But if you don’t have a car, you don’t think about that. You think about how you are going to arrange a way to get to your next medical appointment. Often, people just opt to not go because they have no way to get there. This is where you come in. Your driving record doesn’t have to be perfect. Drive when and where you want. Clients enter and exit the vehicle on their own. Mileage reimbursement is possible.
Food banks: In 2016, about 1 in 8 Washingtonians did not get enough food to meet their basic nutritional needs. 1 in 5 kids in Washington state lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table. RSVP is a county-wide program so no matter where you live there is a volunteer job. We work with food banks in these cities: Arlington, Everett (two locations), Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville (two locations), Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Snohomish and Stanwood/Camano. Will you help?
Senior Peer Counseling: All around us are people dealing with life issues and they need some help. You receive training and are matched with someone who can use a friendly ear. You meet with the client for an hour each week. Can you be there for them? Additional training and meetings usually take place monthly.
Volunteer chore: Can you run a vacuum, change the bed linen, wash the dishes and so on? In Snohomish County there are many seniors who need a little help with household chores and tasks. This allows them to “age in place” and stay in their home. A few hours every couple of weeks really goes a long way. Can you help?
SHIBA: If you like helping people, SHIBA might be for you. Volunteer advisers help callers understand their rights and options, and offer up-to-date information helping them to make an informed decision concerning health insurance needs. SHIBA means Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors. It is a free, confidential and impartial counseling resource sponsored by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner. There are 30 hours of training.
If you have any questions about RSVP, volunteering or any of the agencies you see listed here, please contact RSVP at 425-374-6374 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.