Thursday, 13 April 2017

Volunteer at the Council on Aging!

Become a Support System for Isolated Seniors and Adults with Disabilities

The Friendly Visitor Program recruits and trains caring community members to participate in a countywide program that benefits older adults and adults with disabilities who are frail, isolated, and have a limited support system. As a volunteer, you can help this vulnerable population to secure access to necessary health care and social services, as well as offer social and emotional support.

We are in need of Friendly Visitors who are bilingual in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Contact Celine Castellano at 714-352-8837 or ccastellano@coasc.org for more information.

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Counsel and Advocate for Medicare Rights and Benefits

Do you have good communication skills (bilingual skills are especially needed), peer counseling ability, and advocacy potential? We are looking for qualified candidates to become HICAP Volunteer Counselors. Our HICAP Counselors provide unbiased, individualized counseling to help Medicare recipients maximize benefits, understand health plan choices and resolve the denial of services.

We are in need of HICAP Counselors who are bilingual in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog or Farsi. Contact Mary Ozurovich at 714-560-0432 or mozurovich@coasc.org

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Become an Advocate for Senior Rights

There are over 28,000 long-term care residents in Orange County who live within 1,100 facilities. As an Ombudsman volunteer, you will make unannounced, regular visits to long-term care facilities. Your training will help you develop the skills necessary to advocate for the residents and to help them resolve their concerns. Ombudsmen provide the security of a caring advocate and assert the rights of a long-term care resident, particularly when a family member is not present.

We are in need of Ombudsmen who are bilingual in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Farsi. Contact Patricia Johnson at 714-479-0107 x 216 or pmjohnson@coaoc.org

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Stand Up Against Stigma by becoming a Mental Health Advocate

Nationwide, one in four older adults experiences mental health challenges including depression and anxiety. As a ReConnect volunteer, you can offer emotional support and make a positive impact in the lives of our local seniors by sharing various skills, from public speaking and group facilitation to one-on-one participant support and community advocate.

We are in need of ReConnect Volunteers who are bilingual in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Chinese. Contact Christine Tran-Le at 714-479-0107 x 416 or ctranle@coasc.org