Welcome to Clackamas County Volunteer Connection!
Clackamas County Volunteer Connection is a unique program that is run by the Social Services Division of Clackamas County. Since 1986, Clackamas County Volunteer Connection has been a vital link for volunteer engagement in the county. We lead the community in volunteer engagement activities and assist seniors, people with disabilities and residents lacking resources and in need of social services. Staff and volunteers work together to foster opportunities for residents to access services so residents can live healthier, more socially connected lives and continue to live independently.
Our volunteers are critical in delivering and providing supplementary services to Clackamas County residents. We provide two types of service:
- Volunteer engagement and referral opportunities and
- Services for Clackamas County citizens needing access to services
Family Caregiver Support Program
Money Management Program (MMP)
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA)
Senior Companion Program (SCP)
Transportation Reaching People Program (TRP)
Volunteer Connection Program Services
Clackamas County Volunteer Connection provides limited volunteer services to residents with disabilities and seniors facing issues which may affect their ability to live independently or need access to necessary care. There is a high demand for these services and there may be a waiting period depending on the program capacity and number of trained/experienced volunteers.
Clackamas County Money Management Program assists low-income older adults and people with disabilities who have difficulty budgeting, paying routine bills, and keeping track of financial matters. These services are critical to providing prolonged independence for individuals who cannot manage their own financial affairs.
Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA)
Jodine Sampson, Coordinator: 503-655-8427
Clackamas County residents over the age of 65 and residents with disabilities between the ages of 18-64 are eligible for the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program. SHIBA serves as a trusted resource for health care related benefits assistance services to individuals in need of Medicare guidance and support. The goal of the SHIBA program is to help seniors and individuals with disabilities understand their health insurance benefits, increase health care access through a client-focused outreach and education plan, increase health care literacy among beneficiaries, and help identify potential areas of Medicare fraud, error, or abuse. The program supports individuals by phone, in person, online and through a variety of public events, presentations and application clinics.
Senior Companions offer a little extra help and support to homebound seniors and disabled adults. There is no charge for services. Our program is here to help individuals live independently in familiar surroundings for as long as is safely possible. Clients need to qualify in the following ways:
- Homebound senior or disabled adult and no longer drive and
- Can be safely matched with a senior volunteer and
- Need weekly visits for shopping, errands, in-home activities, or medical appointments and unable to meet these needs by any other means
- Willing to demonstrate cooperation, respect and consideration toward your volunteer companion at all times.
Individuals meeting this criteria, may call the coordinator to see if openings are available and ask for a “Request for Volunteer Assistance” form and return it to our program office. Qualifying individuals work together with a volunteer to develop a care plan and visiting schedule.
The Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) assists unpaid family caregivers in their efforts to successfully meet the challenges of their care giving role while providing in-home care to a care recipient, potentially avoiding or delaying the need for institutionalization. Services provide include information and referral, case management, limited assistance with respite care, referrals to counseling, and delivery of evidence based programming to support caregivers and people with chronic conditions.
Clackamas County's Transportation Reaching People (TRP) program staff and volunteer drivers provide rides for seniors and people with disabilities to local medical appointments and essential errands. TRP serves as a lifeline for isolated seniors and adults with disabilities that are unable to access other transportation options. This program supports homebound seniors and people with disabilities resource connections which allow participants to remain living independently. Residents are advised to call at least three weeks in advance due to a high demand and need for this service.
RSVP connects individuals ages 55 and older who want to volunteer and contribute their experience and compassion which directly enhances the quality of life in our community at a variety of agencies. RSVP volunteers provide critical services which help citizens live independently; have mobility and social connections; access health care options and have access to food. We are proud to partner with nearly 40 Clackamas County food banks and pantries to help alleviate long term hunger.
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