3 In-Person Volunteer Opportunities with Shepherd’s Center Oakton-Vienna-Reston-Herndon

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Shepherd’s Center envisions a world without loneliness where older adults can age with dignity in place. To do this, volunteers are needed to help provide services to seniors who may need an extra hand.

In 2019, volunteers completed 712 round-trip car trips helping older adults get to doctor’s and physical therapy appointments. An additional 306 round-trips were taken to places like the grocery store, a food bank, the hair dressers, the pharmacy, or the bank.

In total, over 200 dedicated volunteers contributed 9,984 hours of service. That’s a conservative estimate of $284,145.

If the following volunteer opportunity descriptions appeal to you, reach out to RSVP Volunteer Specialist, Shannon White, at swhite@volunteerfairfax.org, and join a team of volunteers dedicated to ensuring that every person experience a high quality of life.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Handy Helpers
    • Provide in-home assistance to those in need. Some tasks include:
      • Small home repairs
      • Minor installations
      • Installing grab bars
      • Basic carpentry
      • Minor painting
      • Garden/lawn care
      • Computer assistance
  • Office Volunteers
    • Hours: 2-hour shifts, Monday-Friday
      • 10:00 am-12:00 pm
      • 12:00=2:00 pm
      • 2:00-4:00 pm
    • Help process phone calls requesting services
    • Enter transportation requests
    • Provide information and referrals
    • Assist the Operations/Volunteer Manager
  • Medical Companion Transportation Drivers
    • The volunteer will provide clients with necessary transportation to medical-related appointments such as:
      • Doctor’s office
      • Dentist
      • Physical therapy
      • Chemotherapy
      • Etc.
    • The volunteer will provide transportation to destinations that are non-medical such as:
      • Grocery store
      • Hairdresser
      • Library
      • Bank
      • Select Shepherd’s Center functions
      • Etc.
    • You must provide your own vehicle, and have a current valid license and insurance.
    • Volunteers are only responsible for transportation to/from events specified. The Shepherd’s Center support volunteers when setting limitations regarding unreasonable client requests.
    • Drivers must wear masks and gloves at all times when transporting clients, as well as have windows cracked. The vehicle must also be wiped down prior to a client entering.

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