The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
FriendshipWorks is seeking Medical Escort volunteers to help elders attend their medical appointments in Boston. We need volunteers both with and without cars or with and without medical experience. Many elders are unable to make the trip alone due to age or disability and need a caring volunteer to provide support.
This is a great and highly flexible opportunity for volunteers with weekday availability. Volunteers are able to make their own schedules based on a weekly selection of opportunities. As a Medical Escort, you will have the satisfaction of helping a community member access essential and sometimes life-saving medical care. Volunteers also get the opportunity to meet some very interesting people!
The need for Medical Escorts is high! Currently, there are 62,237 older adults living in Boston. Research shows that non-driving elders get to the doctor 15% less than elders who do drive, often because they don't know how they'll get there, or lack support once inside the hospital. 72% of elders who use FriendshipWorks' Medical Escort program would be unable to attend their appointments without this service.
You can fill out an application to volunteer online: http://www.fw4elders.org/volunteer/apply-online/
You can contact us at 617-482-1510 or at firstname.lastname@example.org