How to Help Seniors by Volunteering to Do Simple Chores

A frail young senior living near Leschi is on her own, with no family support. She has dialysis three times a week, which leaves her weak and tired. She would love occasional visits from a friendly volunteer who could help with light housework.

A sweet 82-year-old near 23rd and Jackson is very hopeful for a volunteer to visit once a month to help her with light housework. Her sister occasionally helps her, but is also elderly. She’d also like a volunteer to help her make a small stock of sandwiches, which she can eat throughout the week. She has balance problems, severe arthritis, and diabetes, so it’s difficult for her to do even light housework. Your visit would mean the world to her!

A 78-year-old living nearYesler has severe arthritis which makes it very difficult for her to get by on her own. Her wishes are simple: someone to help with some very light housework, light yardwork, and to check in on her and chat. A visit twice a month for an hour or two would be wonderful to help this dear senior in need.

Help with simple tasks like these can make a real difference in someone’s life. Volunteer Chore Services, a program of Catholic Community Services, is a “safety net” for elders and adults living with disabilities who are alone in the world and are unable to pay for chore help. All recipients are low-income, have health problems or difficulty with mobility, and most live alone.

Volunteer Chore Services is an excellent opportunity for to interact with elders and disabled individuals while providing essential help to enable these members of our community to remain living independently in their homes. You may choose the day, time and location for your service.

We carefully match volunteers to opportunities based on their personalities, neighborhood, and preferences. There are unfortunately a huge number of people waiting for help, and a shortage of volunteers. As the budgets for human services are in trouble all over the country, programs like Volunteer Chore Services are essential to help our most vulnerable citizens. Volunteers are needed all over, but especially in areas like the CD.

Due to the vulnerable nature of our clients, volunteers must complete a registration packet, provide three personal references, pass a background check, and attend an orientation.

To apply, please go to http://www.ccsww.org/volunteerchores.  For more information on how you can help in the Central District, please call Kerrie Carbary, the volunteer coordinator in your area, at 206-328-6858, Volunteer Chore Services main intake line at 206-328-5787, or email [email protected] Thank you. :)