Volunteers

 

Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services provides many opportunities to get involved and appreciates every volunteer! To learn more, please contact 503-846-3060. Download this handy flier for an overview of our volunteer opportunities.

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. Please visit the Council's page for more information about membership, meetings and responsibilities.

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA)

SHIBA volunteers 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 for those who enjoy helping others in a one-on-one environment or in a classroom setting.

Project REACH

As a trained Project REACH volunteer, you will meet with an individual 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 seniors and/or family caregivers to identify needs; shares information 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 seniors/family caregivers get the services needed.

Gatekeeper

Provide training to local businesses so they can identify vulnerable seniors or people with disabilities who need services.

Money Management

Help low-income seniors with basic household financial tasks.

Veteran Case Aid Assistant Volunteer

Veteran case aid assistants provide high level administrative support to our veteran service coordinators in daily upkeep of claim files and appeals. 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 Laserfiche.

Benefits Enrollment Center

Volunteers help clients by defining their eligibility for key public benefits. They also assist in completing and submitting benefit applications to partner agencies on client's behalf.

Living Well Trainer

Lead Living Well workshops to help seniors self-manage their chronic conditions.