Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services provides many opportunities to get involved. Below are a few of the opportunities that can be available to those looking to volunteer.
DAVS Advisory Council (AVSAC)
The Washington County Aging and Veteran Services Advisory Council (AVSAC) works to address the needs of seniors and those who support them (their families and caregivers) and veterans and their dependents. The Council:
1. Recommends basic policy guidelines for the administration of the activities of aging and veterans' services on behalf of seniors (persons 60 years of age and older)--their families and caregivers and veterans and their dependents;
2. Advises the department on questions of policy, programs, and actions affecting the delivery of services;
3. Advises the department with respect to the development of the Area Plan and budget and reviews and comments on the completed Area Plan and budget before it is transmitted to the appropriate authorities;
4. Reviews and evaluates the administration of the Area Plan and the operations conducted under the plan to determine the department's effectiveness in meeting the needs of the people it serves;
5. Advocates on behalf of the needs of the elderly and veterans in the community on issues germane to improving the quality of life for seniors, their families and caregivers and veterans and their dependents.
The 13 members are volunteers (non-paid) and are appointed by the Washington County Board of commissioners for two-year terms. Members may be re-appointed for three additional terms. A minimum of 51% of the members must be aged 60 or more. Older members must include individuals residing in rural areas, include minority individuals and people who are participants or eligible to participate in the department's programs. Members under 60 years of age include representatives of older individuals, are local elected officials, or providers of veterans health care and the general public.
The Advisory Council meets once a month. Currently it meets every fourth Thursday of the month usually starting between 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. and ending by 12:00 p.m. at the Washington County Disability, Aging & Veteran Services Division.
Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA)
SHIBA can help Medicare beneficiaries make good health insurance decisions; provide confidential, uniform and objective health insurance assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, identify gaps in insurance laws and regulations and communicate those problems to policy makes; and support and recognize the efforts of volunteers. This is a great opportunity to those who enjoy helping others in a one-on-one environment or in a classroom setting.
As a trained Project REACH volunteer, you will meet with an individual in person to assess their situation, then help and support them until they get the services needed. A REACH volunteer can help find the services needed, make telephone calls or research resources for information, complete forms and applications for services or resources, problem-solve and navigate application processes and follow-up with the individual to make sure they get the services they need.
Information and Referral Volunteer Specialist
Information and Referral specialists work out of the senior centers identified in Washington County. The volunteer primarily works one-on-one with senior and/or family caregiver to identify needs, shares information with senior and/or family caregiver about community services available to meet their need(s), assists with making telephone calls if necessary, ensures that data is accurately entered into the client database in a timely manner and follows up to make sure senior or family caregiver gets the services needed.
Veteran Case Aid Assistant Volunteer
Veteran Case Aid Assistants would provide high level administrative support to our Veteran Service Coordinators in daily upkeep of claim files and appeals for the agency. Some of the duties include maintaining files, index and record keeping systems which require sorting, filing, retrieving, and distributing records or other documents, research case topics/issues for Veteran Service Coordinator in relation to claims via computer and telephone, assist in special mailings, basic data entry into office databases, operate computer hardware and software including Word and Excel and organize files and prepare them for laser fiche.
Benefits Enrollment Center Volunteer
Volunteers help clients by defining their elibilibily for key public benefits. They also assist in completing and submitting benefit applications to partner agencies on client's behalf.