A talented artist living in Columbia City is also a young disabled senior. She hopes for a helpful visitor because she lives with a huge amount of chronic pain in her feet, and is not supposed to be on her feet at all while she awaits surgery. As a result, it fills her with dread to have to walk from one end of her apartment to the other just to sweep the floor or wipe the counters. She desperately needs help with housework that requires her to be on her feet, such as dishes, cleaning the kitchen, laundry and bathroom. This creative woman feels overwhelmed and alone—an hour or two a week of visits and a phone call to check in occasionally would be an amazing help to her.
Your elderly and disabled neighbors need your assistance with tasks they are no longer able to do on their own. The laundry is too awkward, the bed too difficult to make, and the groceries are too heavy to carry. A few hours, every other week, would be a great help to the clients who have been on our waiting list. Volunteer positions are close to where you live, and are available on a schedule that works for you. Volunteer individually, with a friend, or with your family.
Volunteer Chore Services, a program of Catholic Community Services, is a "safety net" for elders and adults living with disabilities who are unable or ineligible for state/paid chore services. All recipients are low-income, have health problems or difficulty with mobility, and most live alone. A growing volunteer opportunity in your neighborhood consists of driving clients to doctor appointments, grocery shopping or other chores. We carefully match volunteers to opportunities based on their personalities, neighborhood, and preferences.
Currently, volunteers are donating over 3000 hours a month in the Seattle area. However, there is still a huge number of people waiting for help, and a shortage of volunteers. Volunteers are needed all over Seattle and South King County, but especially in areas like South Seattle.
Due to the vulnerable nature of our clients, volunteers must complete a registration packet, provide three personal references, pass a background check, and attend an orientation.
If you drive while volunteering, we reimburse for your mileage.
For more information on how you can help in your neighborhood, please email gro.wwscc|ceirrek#gro.wwscc|ceirrek,
call Kerrie Carbary, the volunteer coordinator in your area, at 206-328-6858, Volunteer Chore Services main intake line at 206-328-5787.