Look at All the Ways You Can Make a Difference as a Volunteer!

Contact: Volunteer Services Manager
Phone: 608.274.7900
Email: volunteer@independentlivinginc.org

opportunities Evening Meals on Wheels: This is our most important need right now.  Deliver our hot, nutritious early evening meals to older or disabled adults. You choose the day and delivery area! Deliveries occur Monday through Friday, starting after work around 4:30 p.m.  It takes about one hour to complete usually. Delivering meals can also be a great way to demonstrate community commitment through a family, group or business activity. This can be arranged through our Adopt-A-Route program. If a group has six people, and you choose to deliver on Wednesdays, you would personally deliver once every six weeks. Easy! Substitute drivers are also needed. When a regular driver is ill or on vacation, we call substitutes to fill in. This enables us to continue to efficiently run this important program. Evening Meals on WheelsCurious about the routes or the pick up locations? Check out our map!

Friendly Visiting: Create companionship and reduce loneliness through regular visits with an older or disabled adult. Volunteers and clients may simply chat, play cards, go for a walk, learn a new hobby, watch a movie or do other enjoyable activities while spending time together. This opportunity is very flexible. It is based on your schedule and our client’s availability.

Kibble on Wheels: This is the equivalent to Evening Meals on Wheels, for pets!  Operated entirely on donations and grants, this program delivers pet food and certain supplies to clients served by Independent Living.  If you have a fondness for pets, this is a great program for you.  Deliveries usually occur once a month.

Telephone Reassurance: This is one of the simplest services you can do! All you need is a telephone to make calls to provide a safety check, medication reminder or some friendly visiting for an older adult or disabled person. Phone calls can be done from the comfort of your home or office. Typically, phone calls occur at an agreed-upon day and time, and length of call varies.

Health Advocate: In this role, you are partnered with a client to be their advocate.  You provide wellness support, prepare for or accompany someone to medical appointments, and help them understand physician instructions.

Seasonal Projects: Choose outdoor, seasonal projects involving lawn care or snow removal. Lawn care volunteers assist with yardwork such as mowing, raking and gardening. Snow shovelers remove snow from driveways and/or sidewalks. Volunteers shovel when there are 2+ inches of snow, and have up to 48 hours after the end of the snowfall to complete the work. All clients have the equipment necessary for snow removal and yardwork.

Volunteer by Design: Do you play piano or another instrument? Share your music with our appreciative residents. Enjoy helping out in an office environment? Numerous tasks are made easier with your helping hands. Tell us about your special interest or skill, and we will match you with a great opportunity!

Contact: Volunteer Services Manager
Phone: 608.274.7900 or click to email

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