Census 2020 Assistance for Seniors in their Homes - Alameda County

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Meals on Wheels of Alameda County (MOWAC)

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Who?
Meals on Wheels of Alameda County is taking steps to ensure that we get an accurate count of homebound seniors in the 2020 Census. We need your help to provide seniors with Census assistance in their homes! We are looking for volunteers who believe that the Census should reflect a wide range of individuals, not just a select few. This is perfect for folks looking to make an active difference in their community, especially with aging adults and seniors living with disabilities. Must be responsible, able to travel, sit for extended periods, and use stairs.

When?
We are looking for volunteers from March through May 2020 . At least one full 3 hour shift during the day is required and the schedule is somewhat flexible. Hours available will be all days of the week, between 9AM and 7PM.

Why?
Seniors are considered hard-to-count communities due to the high likelihood of isolation and being homebound. This, along with this being the first ever Census to be completed online, put many seniors at risk for missing the Census. By 2030, all baby boomers will be over the age of 65 and we want to make sure they have access to properly funded social services they rightly deserve. Information collected in the Census is used to distribute billions of dollars worth of federal funding to nonprofits and government agencies, as well as accurately account for political jurisdiction.

Where?
This opportunity will have a home base in downtown Oakland but will be mobile. We will be addressing the Census assistance needs of Meals on Wheels clients all over Alameda County: Oakland, Piedmont, Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Cherryland, Ashland, Fremont, Newark, Union City, Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany, and Alameda.

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About Meals on Wheels of Alameda County (MOWAC)

Location:

1721 Broadway, 201, Oakland, CA 94612, US

Mission Statement

Meals on Wheels of Alameda County (MOWAC) financially assists five County Meals on Wheels (MOW) in feeding seniors. Each delivery day, 2,200 low-income, homebound seniors in Alameda County receive not only nutritious meals, but also warm smiles, companionship and safety/wellness checks from staff and volunteers of five local MOW service providers. Sometimes MOW delivery drivers are the only people our senior neighbors get to interact with all day. MOW is so much more than food for the body; it’s also the food of kindness to the soul. MOW gives our senior neighbors a helping hand and the care and compassion all human beings deserve. MOW enables them to retain their independence and stay in their homes, where they want to be. Without support from MOWAC, local MOW programs would have to decrease their service level, seniors in need would be placed on waiting lists and some programs would have to close their doors entirely. In short, MOWAC staves off senior hunger in Alameda County.

Description

THE SENIOR HUNGER CRISIS

  • 1 in 6 seniors--our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles--goes hungry each day.
  • Locally, 2/3 of our clients are over the age of 75 and 1/3 are over 85.
  • More than 1/2 live alone making isolation, loneliness and depression extremely common.
  • 1/3 are recuperating from a recent hospital stay.
  • Most are living with some chronic condition that impacts their ability to do basic daily activities (i.e., shopping, cooking, etc.) and limits their mobility.
  • The vast majority live at or below the poverty line.
  • 60% of senior women face hunger.
  • More younger seniors under 70 are currently facing hunger.
  • African American seniors are 132% more likely to face hunger than there white counterparts. Hispanic seniors are 131% more likelfy to face hunger than non-Hispanic seniors.
  • Hunger threat for divorced/separated seniors is two and a half times greater than for married seniors. The threat greatly increases if the senior is raising their grandchild.

MOW IS THE COST-EFFECTIVE & COMPASSIONATE SOLUTION
For a total cost of $9 per meal, homebound seniors can receive daily nutritious meals.

Advocacy & Human Rights
People with Disabilities
Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1721 Broadway #201Oakland,, CA 94612

(37.80705,-122.26987)
 

SKILLS

  • Elder care
  • English
  • Spanish
  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Social Work

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3-12 hrs weekly (up to 48 TOTAL) March-May 2020, available for a one time Census 2020 orientation training
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, compassionate, patient, experience working with aging adults and people with disabilities is highly preferred

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