In many cases, volunteers also receive education and training on age-related and other pertinent issues. The program’s dedicated staff provides support and recognition for every volunteer.
What You Can Do
Caring Hands volunteers may perform any of a wide range of services, including:
- Friendly visits and companionship
- Transportation to medical appointments
- Errands such as grocery shopping
- Reading and letter writing
- Respite (providing a break to a family member)
- Light yard work
- Minor home repairs
Caring Hands volunteers do not provide housecleaning services, hands-on care, or personal medical care. The program is not intended for short-term, post-surgical support.
Volunteers must be willing to devote one to three hours each week, for a minimum of six months, to helping a local senior remain independent. Volunteers should also be able to provide transportation such as rides to the doctor or grocery store.
If you meet these conditions, please call us to schedule an interview with our volunteer coordinator. We’ll tell you more about the program and ask what services you’re interested in providing, as well as when and where you’re available.
Becoming a Volunteer
You’ll be asked to provide information so we can perform a background screening. You’ll also attend a mandatory training session (which may also help you provide care for your own aging parents or other family members).
We will then create a one-on-one match between you and an appropriate senior, or set you up as an occasional driver. If you have questions or want to schedule an interview, please call (925) 952-2999.