UCAN operates several national service volunteer programs in Josephine and Douglas County. These programs include:
Our AmeriCorps Program engages men and women in intensive service each year to help at numerous locations in Douglas, Josephine, Coos, Curry and Jackson County. Members support the work of non-profit agencies, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups. AmeriCorps members help groups expand services, strengthen partnerships and implement innovative programs. Members help communities tackle some of their most pressing problems, such as economic opportunity, food insecurity and education. In exchange for 11 months of full-time service, AmeriCorps members earn an education award (equal to the maximum Pell grant) that helps pay for college or pays back federally-backed student loans. AmeriCorps is a pathway to economic opportunity that provides members with valuable skills specific to their service (teaching, coordinating volunteers, water quality monitoring, etc.) as well as general skills of leadership and problem-solving that all employers are looking for. AmeriCorps members gain new and useful skills, advance their education and become more connected to their communities. To apply to become an AmeriCorps member or to host an AmeriCorps position click here.
UCAN operates two programs offered through Senior Corps. These programs are open to those age 55+, offering seniors meaningful opportunities to help others in their communities. Participating seniors gain a sense of pride, satisfaction and accomplishment by incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country. They build networks with other seniors, and become more closely connected to their communities. Recent studies indicate that volunteerism improves the health of those providing the service.
RSVP is the nation's largest volunteer program for older adults, annually engaging 300,000 Americans in community service that meets pressing local needs. UCAN's RSVP Program is available to seniors in both Josephine and Douglas County. Our RSVP Program helps local non-profits and public agencies expand their impact by engaging experienced and committed volunteers in service. As with AmeriCorps, RSVP helps communities address some of their most challenging issues. RSVP volunteers choose how, where and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week. Volunteers do not receive monetary incentives, but sponsoring organizations may reimburse them for some costs incurred during service, such as meals and transportation.
The Senior Companion Program provides a critically needed service in Josephine and Douglas County. The program provides volunteers who help homebound seniors and other frail adults maintain independence in their own homes. Our two county service area has a much higher percentage of seniors and people with disabilities than other areas of the state. Among other activities, our Senior Companions assist with daily living tasks, such as grocery shopping and bill paying; providing friendship and companionship; alerting doctors and family members to potential problems; and providing respite to family caregivers. Senior Companions serve between 15 and 40 hours per week and typically assist between three and five clients each. Senior Companions possess the passion to help others live life to the fullest. Many of the clients have shown an improvement in their quality of life as a result of having a Senior Companion. Volunteers also benefit greatly from the program. They are able to remain physically and mentally active in their community and connect with like-minded individuals who share the same passion for service. They also receive monthly trainings on subjects that help them improve their ability to work with clients and address other issues they may be facing as they themselves are aging. Volunteers receive a small stipand and reimbursement for their costs.