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.
Help Seniors stay in their own homes and out of nursing homes. This is an idea whose time has come. Virtual Villages for aging in place are springing up worldwide. Funded by member dues and donations, Villages coordinate volunteer service providers, and offer referrals and social and educational opportunities. Our service area is Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds, Brier, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood. The immediate need is for dynamic individuals from that region to join our Steering Committee. We are creating a non-profit business from the ground up! It's challenging but rewarding to be part of something so important to our communities, more so with each passing year. The Steering Committee develops policy, solicits donations and sponsorships, forms alliances, and much more. Our planned launch is November. At that time we will be seeking a multitude of skillsets - whatever you can visualize a Senior would need to remain in their home, from yard work to tax preparation and anything in between. Note that we are an organizational member of a timebank, which creates the opportunity for volunteers to receive services (timebank hours) as well.