City of San Mateo - Shopping Assistance for Homebound

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RSVP of San Mateo & Northern Santa Clara Counties

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SASH Shopper

Responsibility: Either weekly or bi-weekly, the Volunteer contacts a (Shopping Assistance for Seniors that are Homebound) SASH client by phone to obtain a shopping list. Shopping is done at the time and place that is convenient for the volunteer. The groceries are then delivered and the volunteer is reimbursed immediately by check or cash. (The Volunteer is NOT allowed to transport the client.) The process is repeated with the same volunteer/client match, which helps foster a unique bond for both volunteer and client. Often a friendly relationship develops. The shopper is a critical link to the outside community for the client. They serves as eyes and ears to inform the SASH Coordinator of any other needs their clients may have.

Time Commitment: Approximately 2 to 3 hours per week.

Qualifications: Ages 16 to 80+ are part of this program. The volunteer needs to be a licensed driver covered by insurance. Ability to take a list over the phone and to carry groceries is necessary; references are taken and are checked. Reliability and consistency are important.

Training: A one-hour orientation is held before client assignment.

Importance of Job: This job is VERY important because the shopper is enabling the homebound senior to remain independent and at home. Without this kind of support from the community, some seniors would be institutionalized. It's important to note this program is open to City of San Mateo adults with disabilities who cannot grocery shop on their own.

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About RSVP of San Mateo & Northern Santa Clara Counties


Mills Peninsula Senior Focus, 1720 El Camino Real, Ste 10, Burlingame, CA 94010, US

Mission Statement

RSVP is a nationwide network of experienced adults who contribute their time and talents to important programs that strengthen their communities. RSVP of San Mateo & Northern Santa Clara Counties is sponsored by Mills-Peninsula Health Services. RSVP is administered by the Corporation for National & Community Service, the federal agency that supports service and volunteering programs to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement.



RSVP provides opportunities for people 55 and over to make a difference in their community through volunteer service. RSVP volunteers contribute anywhere from a few to over forty hours a week, serving through schools, day care centers, police departments, hospitals and other nonprofit and public organizations to help meet critical community needs. RSVP offers maximum flexibility and choice to its volunteers. RSVP matches the personal interests and skills of older Americans with opportunities to help solve community problems and offers supplemental insurance while on duty, pre-service orientation, and on-the-job training from the agency or organization where volunteers are placed.


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Mills Peninsula Senior Focus1720 El Camino Real, Ste 10Burlingame, CA 94010



  • Transactions
  • Food Delivery / Distribution


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-3 hours per week

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