Volunteering with seniors to help them maintain independence and improve their quality of life is a rewarding experience. Offering seniors a ride to their doctor or the market not only provides them a much needed helping hand, but also companionship and moral support. By volunteering just a few hours a week, you can make a difference for a senior in our community.
Clerical volunteers perform a number of duties in support of programs and services, including filing, sorting, photocopying, distributing mail, inputting data into computer systems, maintaining program packets and brochures, and assisting at special events. Computer experience is helpful but not a requirement. Location: 4875 Broadway, Sacramento. Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visit the Volunteer page on Department of Health and Human Services website for more information.
In-Home Support Services Public Authority
The County of Sacramento Board of Supervisors established the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Public Authority as part of a continuum to help elderly and/or disabled adults and disabled children ("consumers") remain in their own homes with the support of in-home care (from "caregivers"). Volunteer opportunities include clerical work, assisting with IHSS new caregiver orientation and providing support to the IHSS consumer and caregiver education team. Those with the right computer skills may be able to aid in agency website updating or work on newsletter design. Hours available for volunteer activities vary and the agency has a limited ability to accommodate those who wish to volunteer on some weeknights. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please visit IHSSPA website or send an email to IHSS-PA-Education@saccounty.net.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) – An Invitation for Seniors to Serve
For 40 years, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has built support on the premise that volunteering is not only good for the community, but good for volunteers. RSVP promotes volunteerism and helps people over 50 find their perfect volunteer niche among approximately 100 community agencies in Sacramento, Placer and Yolo Counties. Volunteers may choose from a wide variety of activities including tutoring children or adults; serving as docents for cultural events, nature centers or museums; giving clerical support or consultant services; making friendly visits to the isolated elderly; preparing, serving or distributing food, just to name a few. RSVP also has short term and one-time only opportunities. For more information, visit the RSVP web page.
Senior Companion Program
The Sacramento Senior Companion Program offers volunteers the opportunity help homebound seniors remain safely in their homes. Senior volunteers visit and assist functionally impaired, low-income older clients in their homes, adult day care centers and group settings. Volunteers offer transportation to needed medical appointments, assist with correspondence, paying bills, and other related tasks. Over the last thirty-three years, Senior Companions have given over 1.7 million hours of volunteer service time to assist frail isolated seniors in the County of Sacramento. Last year, thirty-three Senior Companions provided over 38,896 hours of volunteer service to 300 frail at-risk seniors. Senior Companions benefits include on-going specialized training, nontaxable hourly stipend, transportation reimbursement, allowance for daily meals and annual physical exam. These dedicated volunteers are assigned to one of the following community-based organization/public agency, and are supervised by professional program staff:
- Easter Seal Society
- Health for All
- Sacramento Chinese Community Service
- Sacramento County Adult Services
- South County Services
- Stanford Settlement
- Sutter Senior Care
For more information contact Mark Snaer, Acting Senior Companion Program Director, call 875-3622 or visit the Senior Companion Program web page.