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)
Clackamas County 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 high demand for services. There may be a waiting period depending on the program and the number of trained volunteers.
Shari Bandes, Coordinator: 503-655-8574
MMP assists low-income seniors and people with disabilities who have difficulty budgeting, paying bills, and keeping track of their finances. These services are critical to providing independence for people who cannot manage their finances.
Jodine Sampson, Coordinator: 503-655-8427
Residents over the age of 65 and people with disabilities between the ages of 18-64 are eligible for the SHIBA program. SHIBA serves as a trusted resource for health care benefits assistance to individuals in need of Medicare guidance.
The goals of SHIBA:
- help seniors and people with disabilities understand their health insurance benefits
- increase health care access
- increase health care literacy
- 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.
Cari Vandecoevering, Coordinator: 503-655-8875
Senior Companions offer a little extra help and support to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities. 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 adult with disabilities and no longer drive
- can be safely matched with a senior volunteer
- 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 these criteria should call the coordinator to see if openings are available. Interested parties should 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.
FCSP assists unpaid family caregivers in their efforts to meet the challenges of their caregiving role. Services 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.
TRP 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 find other transportation. This program helps participants to remain living independently. Residents are advised to call at least 3 weeks in advance due to high demand and the need for this service.
RSVP connects individuals’ age 55 plus looking to volunteer and contribute their experience and compassion. Our volunteers directly enhance the quality of life for many in our community. RSVP volunteers provide critical services which help citizens:
- live independently
- have mobility and social connections;
- access health care options
- gain access to food
We are proud to partner with nearly 40 Clackamas County food banks and pantries to help alleviate long-term hunger. Call 503-650-5796.
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