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September 14, 2016 – Whether you’re interested in using your current skills or learning a new one, RSVP has over a hundred volunteer opportunities that span education, public service, working with seniors and children, and many more. If you are interested in any of the positions, e-mail us at rsvp3@nccn.net or call weekdays 9AM-2PM at (530) 271-0255. RSVP is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service and sponsored locally by the Agency on Aging Area 4.

Meal On Wheels Is Looking For Drivers!

1 in 6 seniors face the threat of hunger & many more live quietly in isolation. Gold Country Community Services wants to change this, but they need your help! Sign up today to be a delivery driver and help support Nevada County seniors. It only takes a few hours one day a week, a car, sense of direction and a friendly smile.

Training is provided and mileage reimbursements are available.

Connect With Seniors: Listen, Laugh, Be A Friend!

If you are compassionate, enjoy friendly conversation and look forward to “making someone’s day”, we may have the volunteer job for you! Under the guidance of RSVP staff, we are looking for a volunteer to call local seniors that have signed up to participate in our Telephone Reassurance Program. Currently we are in need of a Thursday morning volunteer. Many of the volunteers with this program say they get as much out of the experience as the senior being called. Volunteers will also be making appointments for various community events. It is “on the job training”; you will need to be comfortable speaking on the phone and have some general computer skills. Your help will make a difference in many people’s lives – guaranteed!

CalFresh Advocate at Interfaith Food Ministries

Are you self-motivated, well organized and able to stand, sit and walk for long periods of time? Are you willing to volunteer at a regularly scheduled time – 9:30am – 1:00pm – two shifts a month? Do you communicate well with others, are a wiz at multi-tasking, and are computer fluent? Interfaith Food Ministries (IFM) is looking for a volunteer to serve as a CalFresh Advocate. After attending a 2 hour training to gain knowledge of the CalFresh program, the Advocate would help IFM clients to assess their eligibility, assist in enrollment, and help clients enter their information into the C4Yourself program. The volunteer would provide CalFresh materials to clients as needed, keep the materials organized and collaborate with other IFM CalFresh volunteers when necessary.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Counselor

The AARP Foundation is recruiting for individuals interested in volunteering as a tax-aide counselor. Counselors, under the direction of the Local Coordinator and the Shift Coordinator, provide tax assistance and preparation to taxpayers. Typically Counselors are required to volunteer at least an average of four hours a week during the tax season, usually from February 1 to April 15, plus 16-36 or more hours of training in December or January. For a comprehensive description of the AARP Tax-Aide Counselor duties and the needed qualifications, please contact Sara Morrison, RSVP Program Manager, at 530.271.0255.

Help Provide Respite to Caregivers

One Source – Empowering Caregivers’ (OSEC) in-home respite care program is designed to reach out to caregivers and their loved ones who want to remain at home. OSEC is in need of volunteers who have the ability to work independently and are compassionate, reliable, understanding and nurturing to complete a comprehensive training program that is provided through OSEC. After certification, the Volunteer Care Specialist is screened and matched with a caregiver. Visits are arranged with the caregiver, the Volunteer Care Specialist and the Volunteer Coordinator. A visit might consist of a conversation, games, or other shared interests or activities. To qualify as a Volunteer Care Specialist, individuals are asked to submit references, pass a background check, and complete the full training provided by OSEC.

Volunteer to assist the homeless at Hospitality House, support Kare Crisis Nursery at their 3rd annual Octoberfest, or become a docent at the Grass Valley Museum. See these and many other interesting opportunities at www.volunteernevadacounty.org.