‘There Are an Awful Lot of People Out There that Need Help’: County Volunteering Event Set for Nov. 14

Seniors and people with disabilities in communities throughout the county need help to remain living independently. Just a few hours a month provided by volunteers can make a big difference in the lives of others while also improving their own lives.

“Volunteering is a good way to keep yourself active, doing good and making a contribution to help others who are less fortunate or unable to do what they need to stay alive,” said Raymond Peterson, a retired Navy veteran, who regularly drives other veterans to their necessary appointments. “If you can volunteer even once or twice a week, go ahead and do it. There are an awful lot of people out there that need the help. It’s something you can be proud of doing.”

Mr. Peterson and his wife Elizabeth have been providing free transportation to dialysis riders from southern Clackamas County for nearly a decade, providing an average of 18 rides per week to support riders needing treatment.

“If Ray can’t do it, I will. We work together and this is a real commitment,” said Mrs. Peterson who encourages others to volunteer. “Do it! We always learn new things, and the riders have such great stories! It’s rewarding and the riders are very appreciative. That feels good.”

Clackamas County’s Volunteer Connection team welcomes the public to learn about life-changing volunteering opportunities on Thursday, Nov. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Clackamas County Public Services Building in Room 369 located at 2051 Kaen Rd. in Oregon City 97045.

Volunteers needed for the following positions:

Money Management Program volunteers improve a person’s ability to live independently and help protect them from financial abuse and potential eviction. Selected adults and individuals living with disabilities who have limited assets and income need help managing their finances. These individuals often have no one in their lives to support them. Learn more at clackamas.us/socialservices/money.html.

Transportation Reaching People volunteers provide a shared ride service for Clackamas County residents, age 60+, or with a disability, needing transportation to essential appointments and errands. Volunteers serve as a lifeline for individuals who lack transportation access. Volunteers provide door-to-door transportation using their own vehicle and can receive mileage reimbursements. Learn more at clackamas.us/socialservices/transportation.html.

Senior Companion volunteers must be age 55 or older who live on a limited income and able to serve a minimum of five hours weekly. These volunteers provide much needed companionship, socialization and support to other isolated seniors while receiving a small hourly stipend and mileage reimbursements for their service. Learn more at clackamas.us/socialservices/companions.html.

Refreshments provided. No reservations needed. Interested parties may contact Wendy Hays at 503-650-5796 or WendyHay@clackamas.us.

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