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Mission Statement

The values which guide VCS are also stated as part of each Agency's mission:

  • Service with respect and dignity : Each person who requests information or service from VCS will always be treated with respect and courtesy. Each staff member is treated with equal respect for their work, their ideas and their personhood.
  • Customer Service : VCS staff has as their primary "customers" the volunteers of whom we ask so much. The service recipients or clients are customers as well, primarily of the volunteers. Each community with a VCS office is also a customer, filled with potential volunteers and clients.
  • Service in partnership with the client and the community : VCS works in cooperation with other community supports to provide a web of support and safety for elders and disabled persons. This web enhances their independence and community connections, thereby reducing isolation. Our goal for VCS clients is the highest level of independence possible while maintaining safety.
  • Role in community : VCS staff represent their Agency and the Program in all their community interactions.


Volunteer Chore Services (VCS) began in 1981 as a grassroots response to State-wide budget cuts that left 4,000 elders without chore services. Before its first year was out, Washington State's legislature had awarded Catholic Community Services of King County a small grant to operate and grow VCS in other areas of the State. Over the years the Service has proven itself to be a cost-effective safety net for those who do not qualify for the State's assistance and cannot afford to purchase services. In 1990, the VCS mandate was expanded to include low-income functionally disabled persons over the age of 18 years, as well as elders. Today, VCS serves both populations in all of Washington's 39 counties and on the land of 2 major Indian Nations. lunteers provide a wide range of household tasks and assistance that enables recipients to remain in their homes with dignity, and connection to their community. Assistance with tasks includes housework, laundry, transportation, shopping and similar independent living requests. Volunteers also participate in one-time projects such as moves and yard clean-


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