- Elders in Action Personal Advocates provide one-on-one problem-solving assistance and support to seniors (60 and over) who are experiencing problems in housing, healthcare, crime and abuse. Examples of people that might benefit from the help of a trained personal advocate include someone who:
- is being threatened with eviction;
- needs help speaking with a health care provider;
- has been a victim of ID theft
- and many other situations regarding housing, healthcare, or crime.
Personal advocate volunteers are expected to pass a criminal background check and attend 12 hours of training designed to help them understand governmental and community resources, problem-solving strategies, and procedures to be followed in their volunteer role. In addition, 2 hour continuing education meetings are held each month to provide additional information about other resources. Volunteers are asked to commit to one year of service for approximately 6-10 hours each month and attend 4 continuing education meetings each year.
Elders in Action is powered by the experience of more than 150 volunteers, who work to solve problems, tackle important issues and help businesses and communities better serve the older customer. We believe the quality of life should never depend on age and welcome the talent and wisdom that older adults can provide to make communities in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties more livable for all.
Mission Statement: To assure a vibrant community through the active involvement of older adults.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training