ALTCEW depends on volunteers to work directly with our programs. Here are just a few of the great opportunities where you can help:
A Matter of Balance – Managing Concerns About Falls
Chances are you know someone who has fallen or who is afraid of falling. A Matter of Balance is a proven program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. ALTCEW is looking for volunteers to help provide this program.
A Matter of Balance coaches need good communication and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, dependability and a willingness to lead small groups of older adults. Coaches also need to be able to lead low to moderate level exercise. Pairs of trained coaches with the support of a master trainer lead a Matter of Balance classes.
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is conducted in 8 two-hour sessions and uses group discussion, problem-solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise. Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce fear of falling and remain active and independent.
To learn more about the coach training process or ask additional questions, please call 509-458-2509
PMC Volunteer Information
- You can help us achieve our mission by serving on our Planning and Management Council. Duties include:
- Collaborating with others to create coordinated and comprehensive service delivery systems; and
- Providing planning, program development and administration, public information, advocacy, and direct service; and
- Emphasizing that the above functions and services are targeted on those with greatest social, economic and health needs and on culturally diverse individuals; and
- Promoting a long term care system through integrating acute and chronic care services; and
- Creating innovative outreach and information mechanisms to reach isolated vulnerable individuals
Download the Brochure to learn more joining the PMC. If you are ready to join, download and complete the application.
SAFE: Senior Assistance Fund of Eastern Washington
Who We Are
SAFE is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to support programs, services, and educational events that promote independence and self reliance for seniors. We do this by soliciting grants and private sector donations and by fundraising events. All funds raised are distributed annually to programs that fulfill our mission.
What We Do
To accomplish its mission, SAFE works in cooperation with public and private entities, especially Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington (ALTCEW), the state-designated Area Agency on Aging for this geographic area, in the issues that affect seniors.
Why We Fund Raise
Over the next 30 years, the senior population in Spokane, Whitman, Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille counties will continue to be the fastest growing segment of the population. Over the same time period, public sources of funding for identified needs of seniors and long term care recipients, and research will not keep pace with either population growth or inflation. SAFE exists to help close the gap.
How You Can Help
Your donation can go to work today to foster elderly independence and self reliance in order to keep people in their own homes.
Volunteer to help SAFE fulfill its mission.
Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) Help with Medicare Questions
Do you enjoy helping other people? By answering people’s questions about Medicare, you could make a difference in someone’s life. Our volunteers are trained and mentored so they can answer a variety of questions. They are not selling or recommending any insurance product, agent, or company.
Each year SHIBA is in contact with more than 4,000 people to answer their Medicare questions and give them guidance. We need your help to meet the growing demand in Spokane and Whitman counties.
There are many ways volunteers can help. One way is by explaining what care is covered. Another way is looking into and reporting possible fraud. Or perhaps you enjoy reaching out into the community to let people know where they can turn for help. Volunteers assist people by phone, in person, and through public presentations. You will learn a lot and make a difference in the lives of others!
Basic computer skills are helpful. Client confidentiality, a willingness to provide unbiased information, and no association with an insurance company are all a must. Activities include one-on-one meetings with people who have questions, attending update meetings, and getting to know other volunteers.
To make arrangements to become a volunteer, call 509-458-2509 and ask for the SHIBA Coordinator.