Project Linkage
Connecting people with their community.
Through Project Linkage, volunteers are linked with older adults and people with disabilities who need in-home support or transportation services to remain independent in their homes. Our volunteers help make it possible for people to age with dignity and to feel connected to their community.

We have many ways to be involved:

Transportation

Provide one-way rides to or from grocery stores, medical appointments and other points of interest, using your personal or agency vehicles. Mileage reimbursement is available.

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Transportation is typically provided Monday – Friday during business hours. Occasional evening and weekend trips may be requested.

This is an extremely flexible position: we work with your schedule. You let us know when you are available and we coordinate the trips you provide for pre-screened riders. You may use your personal vehicle, or drive one of our vans or buses. All drivers must have at least five years driving experience, maintain a driver’s license in their state of residence, complete trainings and pass a criminal background check.

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Community Visitor

Visit with an older adult or person with a disability in their home on a weekly basis, providing valuable social, emotional and health support.

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Community Visitors make a difference in the life of someone who is isolated and lacks a local network of support. Volunteers are matched with people based on location, interests and schedules. It is expected that you will visit for one hour per week. The time and day will be decided between you and the person you visit.

Activities may include talking, reading, and sharing common interests. Volunteers may also help their person with steps toward achieving personal health goals. Some volunteers enjoy providing transportation to go out into the community together. Full training and support are provided.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, pass a criminal background check and complete a 3-hour training.

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Telephone Reassurance

Make regular phone calls to an older adult or person with a disability, helping prevent feelings of isolation and increase their sense of security and belonging.

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Depending on the needs of the individual, volunteers may make brief daily check-in calls to assure the older adult’s well-being and safety, or engage in longer conversations to develop relationships and help them feel connected within the community.

This is a great opportunity people who want to volunteer from home, or on the road.

Volunteers need to be friendly, patient, great listeners and able to make a commitment of at least one year. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, pass a criminal background check, and complete a 3-hour training.

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Shopping Assistant

Shop for, or with an older adult or person with a disability, or accompany a Project Linkage grocery shuttle group, providing assistance to people as they shop.

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As a Shopping Assistant you may shop for someone using a provided list, or provide transportation and help clients as they shop. We also have a grocery shuttle which needs volunteers to assist clients while they shop. Volunteers do not use their own money.

Volunteers can typically expect to spend two to four hours once every week or two. The times are flexible and variable. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, pass a criminal background check and complete training.

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Bus Concierge

Assist older adults and people with disabilities as they ride on one of our buses to the grocery store, on field trips and other points of interest.  

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Volunteers help make riding our buses safe and enjoyable.  As a concierge, you will help people on and off the bus, help them with their personal items, and ensure that they have their seat belts fastened.

The time commitment is flexible with opportunities usually in the mornings for 3-4 hours each trip.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, able to lift packages and be able to operate mechanical devices in the bus.  This is a great opportunity for a personable volunteer who wants to make life a little bit easier for our older adult population. 

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Minor Home Repair

Help keep the home environment of older adults and people with disabilities safe by doing simple minor repairs such as weatherization, replacing light bulbs and fixing railings.

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Sometimes the simplest of tasks can be overwhelming for older adults and people with disabilities. Our Home Repair volunteers assess what is needed, and if appropriate will purchase materials and complete the repair themselves. Volunteers do not pay for the materials themselves. Volunteers take on only what they are capable of doing and follow good safety procedures.

This is extremely flexible: service is provided on an as-needed basis. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, pass a criminal background check and complete an orientation.

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Holiday Cheer

Help assemble, wrap and/or deliver gift bags and provide companionship to more than 200 isolated older adults and people with disabilities during the holiday season. Great for families or groups.

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If you want to make a difference in the life of an older adult or person with a disability, we encourage you to contact us today for a Project Linkage application.

For more information contact volunteer@mfs.email or call 503-232-0007 x221.