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November 21, 2019



“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson#

Here are some ways to be useful:

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 - 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.

Like to Drive? - Help a neighbor at the same time. Volunteer Transportation is a program designed to help people who don’t have personal transportation or a support network to find a ride. Most rides are to medical appointments or the grocery store. You need an insured vehicle with working lights, brakes and horn, and a few hours to give each week to be eligible to help. 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. You don’t have to have a perfect driving record to participate.

Help Someone by Listening - Peer to Peer Counseling matches those with a recent traumatic event in their life or mild depression with someone who can listen and help. Peer counseling clients are at least 60 years old. Peer Counselors are over 55 and want to help someone who is going through a tough time. 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.

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

 

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