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CAPECO offers a wide range of Volunteer Opportunities within our four county service area: Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, and Wheeler Counties.
CAPECO attempts to match volunteer talents and interests with volunteer opportunities. Volunteerism can be a one-time experience, long-term service, or volunteers can be part of developing a new program.
Some of the volunteer opportunities are as follows:
- Friendly Telephone Visiting - Volunteers are needed to call homebound individuals on a regular basis to visit and to ask if there are services that are needed. The volunteer then lets CAPECO Staff know of the need for follow up.
- **Home Delivered Meal Delivery Driver - Volunteers are needed to transport and deliver meals to those individuals who are homebound. Many times this is the only nutritious, balanced meal that an individual receives during the day. For some individuals this is the only time they have to talk with another person. Volunteers may receive reimbursement for mileage, if approved in advance.
- Money Management Services - Volunteers are needed to assist with filing, calling clients, reconciling bank statements, and bill paying services. Volunteers, depending on skill level, may be assigned one or two clients as a Representative Payee through the Oregon Money Management Program or through CAPECO’s regular Money Management Program. Volunteers selected for this position must have strong math and computer skills.
- **Transportation - Volunteers are needed to transport seniors and disabled individuals to medical appointments and various social activities. Transportation opportunities may be local or out of town, such as Walla Walla or Tri-Cities. Volunteers may receive reimbursement for mileage, if approved in advance. Transportation services are offered Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, some trips may begin prior to or end after these times. Volunteers providing this service must have a valid Oregon Driver’s License and current automobile insurance. Volunteer vehicles must also be inspected on an annual basis.
Other volunteer opportunities are:
- Senior Center - serving meals, dish washing, and clean up
- Food Pantries - preparing emergency food boxes
- Community Libraries
- Children’s Programs
- Packing Senior Food Boxes - boxing up menu of items monthly
- Hosting a Food Drive - collect food for local food pantries
- **Warming Stations for Homeless - staff temporary shelter during the coldest and hottest nights of the year, and provide clean up
- **Day Center for Homeless - staff center for homeless during the coldest and hottest days of the year
** Most in need at this time.
If interested in volunteering or gathering more information, call Shirley Harrison at 541-276-1926.