HomeSeniors and People with DisabilitiesVolunteer Chore Services
Catholic Community Services is proud to serve low-income elders and adults with disabilities in thirteen counties across our Southwest region. From the Olympic Peninsula to the Columbia River, between the Pacific Ocean and the Puget Sound, our volunteers provide a variety of services to those who need a little help in their lives to remain safely at home for as long as possible.
The counties we serve
Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Thurston, Skamania and Wahkiakum.
The people we serve
Low-income elders (those age 60 and over) and adults with disabilities (temporary or permanent) who cannot pay for services, do not qualify for state-paid services and do not have family and friends available to help them.
“This service takes the burden off my children; it makes them feel good to know I am safe with this service.” – client comment
Over 1,000 volunteers of all ages, cultures and
backgrounds serve our clients. They may volunteer
individually or in groups, twice a month or every day.
The skills and abilities brought to our program by
these volunteers are numerous, and their gifts of time
and talent are invaluable to our clients.
“Volunteers grant our community continuity. The
service fills in the gap between home services and
the real needs of individuals at home.”
– client comment
What we do
Volunteers may help clients with a variety of tasks that help the client live an independent, safe, fulfilling life.
Housekeeping: a volunteer will visit a client every one or two weeks to assist with light housekeeping duties to include vacuuming, dusting, doing dishes and laundry.
Transportation: Click here for more information.
Grocery shopping: many clients need a volunteer to assist with grocery shopping every two weeks. A volunteer may take client to the store or go shopping on behalf of the client to ensure they have adequate food supplies in their home.
Yard care: with limited mobility due to age or disability, many clients find it a challenge to maintain their yard which can result in neighborhood blight and/or unsafe access to their home. Volunteers can help with lawn mowing, weeding and brush clearing to make sure the clients yard is safe and tidy.
Home repair/accessibility options: many clients need minor repairs performed in their home, such as changing light bulbs, fixing leaky faucets or installing grab bars and railings. Teams of volunteers also build wheelchairs ramps to insure safe access for the client.
“The ramp built by volunteers is wonderful; helps me get in and out of the house.”—client for whom a wheelchair ramp was constructed
Wood provision: Many clients depend on woodstoves or fireplaces to heat their homes. Volunteers participate in chopping and transporting wood so that these clients can stay warm and safe during cold weather.
Monitoring: Volunteers can support isolated or home-bound clients by making regular phone calls to check up on the client’s health and wellbeing.
Why we do it
Here’s what some of our clients have said about the difference our services make in their lives.
“The program is wonderful!"
“You are a gift from God.”
“The volunteers have changed my life.”
“There’s no way I could get to my doctor without your services.”
A VCS Success Story
Jeannie came to VCS seeking to help someone. Jeannie is a single mother of two children. She wasn’t sure what exactly she wanted to do. She did know that she wanted to set a good example for her children by helping someone in need. We matched her with Joan, an 84-year-old woman who lives by herself in a senior apartment complex. Joan doesn’t have any family in this State and she was having a very hard time keeping up with her housework and laundry. Joan has macular degeneration which causes her to have a hard time matching colors when doing laundry.
Jeannie goes to Joan’s home every other Saturday for three hours and mops her floors, vacuums her carpet, cleans her bathroom and kitchen. Jeannie has also come up with a way for Joan to tell what colors her clothes are by using different textures on the label. This has helped Joan keep her independence and makes her feel more secure about her appearance.
|How to get involved
You can start the volunteer registration process now! Registration forms may be downloaded from this page. Application information includes providing three personal references, completing a Washington State Patrol background check and a disclosure form due to the vulnerable population served by VCS. Please print the forms, sign and mail the completed forms to the appropriate region:
1323 S. Yakima Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98405
630 D East Front St.
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Cowlitz & Wahkiakum Counties
676 26th Ave.
Longview, WA 98632
Clark & Skamania Counties
9300 NE Oak View Dr. Ste. A
Vancouver, WA 98662
Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties
P.O. Box 1734
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Jefferson & Kitsap Counties
645 4th St., Ste. 202 A
Bremerton, WA 98337
Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties
129 Decatur St. NW
Olympia, WA 98502