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April 7, 2014
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Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Volunteer Nevada County

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Volunteer Nevada County

Everyone is invited to share their time and talents with Nevada County non-profits, public agencies, and schools. Over 75 local agencies need your help. View more volunteer opportunities at Here is a sampling of what is available:

Participants needed for ‘Stay Well at Home’

If you are 75 years of age or older (younger if at risk for falls), and are concerned about falls or have a history of falling, we NEED you! Become part of an innovative program brought to you after years of professional research and experience in fall prevention by the California Wellness Foundation. Specially trained volunteers will help you lower your risk for injuries in your home.

Patient care volunteers

Hospice of the Foothills is looking for individuals with caring hearts to attend four day training in mid-May. Whether your talents lie in music, massage, or plain friendly conversation; these homebound patients and caregivers need your time and support. One call to RSVP at (530) 271-0255 will help make the right match for you.

Plan now for summer fun

Although spring is just beginning, Sierra Harvest needs your commitment now to help with their fair booth and demonstration garden at the Nevada County Fair.

Days needed are Aug. 6 through Aug. 10. Include this fun activity in your summer plans by reserving your time now.

Just in time for the Easter Bunny: Food distribution assistance

Help is needed packing bags of food and carrying them to clients for a wonderful holiday dinner. If you are available April 14, 16, or 18 between 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., please call our offices. The ability to stand for 1-3 hours and lift 25 pounds is required for this rewarding spring activity.

Interfaith Food Ministry also needs ongoing volunteers to help sort and pack orders for clients that are receiving food. This is a good opportunity to get involved individually or with friends and family. Must be able to stand for 3-5 hour morning shifts from; Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.

They’re pedaling as fast as they can …

And still need your help! Assistants are needed to work with middle school students (ages 10-13) as they learn, practice and perform bicycle maintenance and rebuilding skills. Interest in bicycles as well as some maintenance experience is a plus, but a mechanical aptitude will suffice. Shift length can be any part of the school day.

Reading, writing, arithmetic

If you have some teaching experience and are comfortable helping students with reading, spelling, or math, there is a waiting list of students, 3rd through 8th graders, who need your skills and knowledge. After school tutors needed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Meals On Wheels drivers needed

This Thursday route is for you, if you enjoy helping seniors, and can follow written and visual driving directions. It is one of the more populated routes and full of interesting characters. Two and one half hours once a week is all it takes to provide needed nourishment and care. Another route has also just opened on Friday 10:30-1:00 p.m. No heavy lifting is involved and your delivery really brings cheer to these seniors.

Help for Helpline

HelpLine Senior Information and Assistance and telephone reassurance needs your communication skills to connect people to health and social services by answering phones and making outgoing calls to socialize with local seniors. HelpLine is located in the RSVP offices.

Volunteers are needed on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 and 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Man of the Day

Stay fit while helping others. The Cancer Aid Thrift store in downtown Grass Valley is looking for a person to fill the “Man of the Day” volunteer position. Responsibilities include accepting store donations, lifting, organizing; testing appliances, tools and other miscellaneous items.

It’s OK to fall for this …

The Falls Prevention Coalition (FPC) is recruiting volunteers over 40 years old to help seniors lower their risk for falling and “Stay Well At Home” (SWAH). After attending a one-day workshop, you will be matched with one or more programs recipients and conduct 12 in-home visits. SWAH was developed by experts in falls prevention at CSU, Fullerton and is funded by The California Wellness Foundation.

For persons 55 and over, accident, liability, and excess auto insurance are provided and limited mileage reimbursement is available. If you are interested in any of the positions, e-mail us at, visit our office at 471 Sutton Way, Suite #202, in Grass Valley, or call weekdays 9AM-2PM at (530) 271-0255.

RSVP is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service and sponsored locally by the Area 4 Agency on Aging.

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The Union Updated Apr 7, 2014 12:22AM Published Apr 7, 2014 12:22AM Copyright 2014 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.