Volunteer Info

Elder Help Volunteers of Lane County Oregon

Sponsored by Lane Council of Governments Senior & Disabled Services Division.

Elder Help Volunteers are needed to provide one or more of the following services for our community seniors who live in their own homes or apartments:

  • COMPANIONSHIP: Visit home bound seniors and engage in activities with them which build a relationship; telephone them and keep in touch so that they feel less alone.
  • TRANSPORTATION/SHOPPING/ERRANDS: Run essential errands and go shopping with the senior. Transport senior to appointments.
  • CORRESPONDENCE/READING MAIL: Assist visually impaired seniors by reading mail to them and writing letters for them.
  • HOUSEHOLD TASKS: Help seniors by doing simple household tasks to maintain normal standards of health. Remember though that you are a volunteer and not a housekeeper.
  • HOME REPAIR: Help seniors by doing minor household repairs which do not require skills of a professional nature.

PLEASE NOTE: ELDER HELP VOLUNTEERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HANDLE CLIENT’S MONEY OR GIVE MEDICATIONS

VOLUNTEERS ARE ASKED TO:

  1. Complete an application, reference check and criminal record check.
  2. Attend an initial training session of three hours.
  3. Spend 2-3 hours per week with their senior friend.
  4. Notify the Volunteer Coordinator if they have a change of address, phone number or decide to leave the program.
  5. Notify the Senior Connections Area Coordinator of any changes in the condition of their senior friend.
  6. Turn in a Monthly Report Form of their hours spent and miles driven each month in a timely manner if they drive clients.
  7. Expect to commit to a client for 6 months. In the event of personality differences, a new match may be made. It is understood that volunteers may be absent on vacations. Let either the Volunteer Coordinator or the Sr. Conn. Area Coordinator know if the senior needs help during the period the volunteer will be away.

The seniors you will serve are frail, low-income, generally home bound seniors who, without this important assistance, cannot continue to live in their own homes and maintain their independence.

If you’re ready to volunteer, please fill out and mail the Lane Elder Help volunteer application to the address on the form.