The VISIT program enhances the lives of long-term care facility residents through weekly visitation from a VISIT volunteer. Through these interactions, residents feelings of isolation and loneliness are reduced. Volunteers receive training, and meet quarterly for support and new information. A volunteer coordinator is needed in Linn County to set up trainings, find new volunteers, and coordinate visitation with local long-term care facilities. For more information, or if you are interested in becoming the VISIT coordinator for Linn County, call (541) 812-0849.
Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) pairs volunteers with children attending pre-K through third grade. The third grade reading level is widely recognized as a key indicator of a child’s future educational success. Research proves that shared book reading is a strong predictor of early literacy skills. If you have an hour a week to spare, you can join in the fun and help inspire a child’s next chapter! Volunteers needed in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties. For more information, or to volunteer, call (541) 812-0849.
The Money Management program offers support to people ages 60 and over, with limited incomes and assets, who need help with money management tasks. Services are provided by trained volunteers who help individuals manage personal finances by budgeting, organizing financial paperwork, balancing checkbooks, paying bills, and banking. This gives the clients peace of mind, independence, and protection against fraud and financial exploitation. For questions about the program, call (541) 812-2597.
Interested in Helping?
Program staff matches volunteers to clients based on the preferences of each. Volunteers spend 2-4 hours per month helping their client. Volunteers and clients agree on the dates, times, and frequency of their meetings. Volunteers receive training and continued support. Volunteers are needed in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties. For more information on volunteering, call (541) 812-0849.
SHIBA stands for Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance. SHIBA certified volunteers help people with Medicare understand their benefits, including Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D), Medicare Advantage Plans, Medigap Plans, appeals and claims, and Medicare Savings Programs.
SHIBA counselors are available throughout Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties Monday through Friday. To set up an appointment in Lincoln County, call (541) 574-2684. To set up an appointment in Linn or Benton Counties, call (541) 812-0849.
Interested in Helping?
SHIBA volunteers are needed in all 3 counties to help people navigate the Medicare maze. There is a high need in Corvallis, Sweet Home, Lincoln City, and Waldport. To fill out a volunteer application, visit the Oregon SHIBA website at: SHIBA Volunteer Application