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Senior Services of Southwest Michigan

Home Repair
Help Seniors Live Independently in a Safe Environment!

Volunteers for this program will work on a team to build wheelchair ramps for seniors with mobility challenges.

Volunteers can:

  • help assemble ramps on-site at various locations around Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties and/or...
  • help pre-build ramp parts at our Kalamazoo facility (Tuesday and Thursday mornings).

On-site ramp builds generally happen on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. However, dates and locations of ramps are subject to change due to weather and other factors. Flexibility is appreciated.
Sites will be supervised by experienced Senior Services staff. We offer gas reimbursement for more distant ramp sites.

Volunteers should have some familiarity with and ability to safely use basic power tools and hand tools. More advanced carpentry knowledge is useful, but not required. Physical activities include standing for short or prolonged periods of time, carrying up to 50 lbs, bending, reaching, and stooping. Limited accommodations can be made when necessary. Volunteers are encouraged to bring basic tools (drill, driver, hammer, tape measure, etc.) if they have them. Minimum age is 18.

Ramp builds for group volunteer projects can be scheduled in advance.

Senior Services asks volunteers to wear masks when entering our facility or coming into direct contact with clients. When working on projects outside, masks are considered optional. (updated 5/18/21)

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About Senior Services of Southwest Michigan

Location:

Senior Services of Southwest Michigan, 918 Jasper St., Kalamazoo, MI 49001, US

Mission Statement

To provide options that empower people to thrive in their community.

Description

Senior Services of Southwest Michigan offers a full selection of programs and service developed with today's older adult in mind. over 20 programs that assist people to support their independence and help them stay living at home. Services include Meals on Wheels, Care Navigator, Information and Assistance, Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program, Home Repair, MI Choice Waiver, Food for All, Friendship Center Meal Sites, Volunteers 4 Seniors, and Behavioral Health and Wellness. We host RSVP - Your Invitation to Volunteer, and the Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent national service programs to connect older adults to volunteering and to support them in their service. Our 1858 Catering offers casual to sophisticated dining with a purpose, as all profits support our Meals on Wheels and Friendship Center Meal Sites.

Emergency & Safety
People with Disabilities
Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Battle Creek, MI 49017

(42.39053,-85.16867)
 

SKILLS

  • Renovation
  • Construction
  • Home Repair
  • Carpentry
  • Woodworking

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Dates are flexible (usually T, W, Th). On-site Ramp Builds usually run 4-8 hours, but time commitment is flexible. Pre-builds in Kalamazoo usually run 3ish hours.
  • Volunteer Application, Background Checks (we will run), Govt Issued ID, basic knowledge of power tool safety. Carpentry skills are helpful but not required.

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