Jewish Family Service of Orange County empowers all people facing challenging times to live with dignity, hope, and strength.
Our services include our Friendly Visitor Program which connects home-bound seniors and medically challenged adults with volunteers who provide transportation to and from medical care, grocery shopping assistance, and companionship visits; case management to connect older adults and those medially fragile with available community supports, emergency assistance including a bilingual outreach coordinator for food stamps, service coordination and social programs for intellectually challenged adults, social programs for families with children with special needs, a therapeutic summer camp, and counseling on a sliding scale.
I got in touch with them and was told I needed to attend a training before volunteering (I think it was a 6-hour training - mostly signing papers) We filled out papers with what we were and were not interested in. I wanted to be a home companion, and specifically wrote that I did not want to drive seniors because I was concerned about them possibly getting hurt getting into and out of the car. So the first (and only) job that they called me for: to drive a woman to her dr appointment. I did it anyway and it went well. After that I didn't receive any more calls. I even reached out to them several times and told them to please get in touch if they needed volunteers for anything and I didn't hear back unless it was for something I told them previously that I was uncomfortable doing. This was about 6 years ago, and I still get a holiday card from them and an invitation to the volunteer dinner (I dont attend), even though I haven't gotten a call from them in years about volunteering.