Featured Volunteer Opportunities
WISE & Healthy Aging needs volunteers for its WISE Connections program, a program that helps older adults to age in place. Volunteers can be of any age and can have a flexible time commitment. The program is looking for volunteers to make friendly visits, daily phone check ins, assist with groceries, drive to medical appointments, organize social outings and anything else you can think of! It is a great way to bond with a senior in your community and enhance his/her quality of life. Members live in Santa Monica, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades and in other neighborhoods across the Los Angeles Westside. The program is also seeking administrative help in the office (computer skills necessary). Please call (310) 829-5699.
Friendly Visitors Isolation and loss of social interaction due to poor health, lack of transportation or other issues are contributing factors to depression and self-neglect. The Friendly Visitor Program works to bring volunteers into the lives and homes of lonely, isolated seniors. An initial professional assessment is followed by regular visits by volunteers. With the help of weekly in-home contact with volunteers, seniors maintain independence and safety, and improve the quality of their lives. Together they decide how to spend the time. Perhaps chat for an hour, take a walk, shop at a favorite store, visit a museum or place of worship, enjoy a restaurant meal. Volunteers also are able to monitor their well-being, identify changing needs,and ease access to community resources.
Information & Referral WISE & Healthy Aging provides the community with information about, and access to, service regardless of who provides them. In this way, the agency is a "first information stop" for individuals, agencies, community leaders, businesses, professionals and other senior service organizations seeking expertise and special programs related to older adults. Volunteers answer general inquiries from the public and direct persons to appropriate community resources. They provide general information about aging and refer people to appropriate programs and services within and outside WISE & Healthy Aging. A four-hour per week commitment is required to develop expertise in community resources and enter identifying information into the computer.
Administration/ Main Office We welcome volunteers at our various offices to answer phones, prepare mailings, file and disseminate materials, plan special events, and take on other tasks essential to help us better serve our clients and the community.
Adult Day Service Center Caring for a loved one who is elderly and frail or has memory loss can be an exhausting task. Caregivers are often overwhelmed with the demands of daily life and providing full-time care to a loved one. The Adult Day Service Center is a safe place for older adults requiring some type of support during the day. Volunteers of all ages are needed to interact one-on-one and in groups with older adults who are dealing with limitations due to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and stroke. Activities include art, singing and dancing, exercise, cooking, gardening, games and discussions.
"America Reads" Intergenerational Reading Program Research shows that most students who fall behind in reading do not catch up after the age of 9. Kindergarten through to fifth grade is the right time, maybe the only time to really make a difference. Share your love of reading and change a child's life - forever! Working with children in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified public elementary schools, volunteers are trained and placed as tutors to provide individual or small-group tutoring. Meeting weekly, volunteers help children believe in themselves as learners, and perform better in school as a result.
"WISE Diner" Healthy Lunches Program Ensure good nutrition for those living independently so they can maintain their health and independence. Help serve a nutritious lunch at one of five sites within the City of Santa Monica. By helping at one of five sites, volunteers help ensure seniors maintain their health and independence. Lunches are served weekdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Peer Counseling Developed in 1977, the Peer Counseling Program has become an international model for the delivery of counseling services to adults age 55 and older. In this program, seniors dealing with stage-of-life issues such as loss, ill health, retirement, and other changes can develop insight and coping skills. Trained volunteers peer counselors age 55 and older provide individual counseling and facilitate weekly support groups to assist their peers in dealing with emotional issues that often arise as part of the aging process. Training and weekly supervision are provided by a licensed mental health professional. Personal Money Management When the demands of maintaining one's finances become difficult because of physical or mental disabilities. WISE & Healthy Aging can step in to assist. The Daily Money Management Program is designed to help maintain the highest possible level of independence for persons who are having difficulty managing their daily financial activities. The program trains volunteers to provide in-home assistance with budgeting and bill paying or other financial needs. certification by the State of California Department of Aging.
AARP Tax-Aide Program A free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service sponsored by AARP. These services are offered to all tax payers with middle and low income, with special assistance to those ages 60 and older. Volunteers assist in preparing Federal and State tax returns of low- and moderate-income seniors and disabled citizens for at least 4 to 6 hours per week between February 1 and April 15 each year. Volunteers participate in an extensive, IRS-approved training course, pass a qualifying exam, and become IRS-certified tax preparers.