|Community Action, Inc. announced the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging’s Ombudsman Program was selected to be the Senior Corps-RSVP Volunteer Station of the Month for January. The Ombudsman Program has been a Senior Corps-RSVP station since May 2001. Ombudsman Coordinator, Mindy Sivanich, states, “It is a very rewarding program; it gives you the opportunity to advocate for residents and build friendships. Sixty percent of residents in nursing and personal care homes receive no visitors; Ombudsman volunteers help to fill the gap.”
The Ombudsman Program is a statewide program “advocating for those who can’t, support those who can, and ensure all long-term care consumers live with dignity and respect.” Volunteers visit nursing and personal care homes in their area as often or as little as they want, providing information and investigating concerns with residents and their families about their rights, procedures, and resources within the facility. Volunteers also offer consumer education and training for facility staff and help with resident and family councils.
Two Senior Corps-RSVP volunteers recognized for their years of service with the Jefferson County Ombudsman Program are Dennis Kinol, seven years, and Thomas Brandon, three years.
Community Action, Inc.'s Senior Corps-RSVP is very proud to have the Area Agency on Aging’s Ombudsman Program as a volunteer station. This Program depicts the true spirit of volunteerism and is dedicated to making a difference in people's lives.
If you are age 55 or over and interested in utilizing your skills and talents to improve our community and change people's lives, become a member of Community Action, Inc.'s Senior Corps-RSVP. Call Samantha Schrecengost, Senior Corps-RSVP Project Director, at 814-938-3302, ext. 236 or toll-free 1-800-648-3381 or via e-mail [email protected]
There are many exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunities waiting for you!|