Volunteering and making a difference in Douglas County.
What is Neighbor Network?
Douglas County’s Neighbor Network Program is a volunteer based program in partnership with Douglas County Human Services and The Castle Rock Senior Center. The program serves our senior citizens and adults with disabilities living here in Douglas County. The concept of the program is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”. Volunteers help people stay independent and in their homes as long as safely possible by providing services such as transportation, home care, household upkeep, and companionship.
As a member enters the program, they are interviewed to assess their individual needs. Neighbor Network
can then assist in locating resources needed for self-sufficiency. Sometimes that means finding a volunteer to go in once a week to help around the house and offer companionship. Many times it means providing transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store or other errands. Volunteer services also work in cooperation with other agencies’ resources to help the receiver maintain maximum independence at a reduced cost.
Most of Neighbor Network clients live alone and do not have the financial resources to pay for transportation or help around the house. The volunteer based program is able to greatly increase that client’s quality of life; someone who was lonely now has a friend, someone who was homebound now has a ride, and someone who could not keep up with their house now has help. We take these daily tasks for granted, but when you find that you can no longer do them, it negatively impacts the way you live. For some people it is the difference between staying in their home and having to be placed into assisted living or nursing home care.
Neighbor Network volunteers are trained, supervised and reimbursed for mileage. We rely on volunteers for office support here at the Human Services Building. As part of the program you will be providing assistance to many people in the community who need a helping hand. Please consider volunteering your time to this program – you won’t be sorry you did!
For further information contact Program Manager, Karie Erickson at 303.660.7519 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Driver – Pool of People
Occasional, on-call, different clients each time
Adopt-A-Grandparent – One-on-One
Relationship, commitment, one time per week contact
Community Ambassador – Douglas County Human Services
Helps a variety of people, 4-hour shifts, can choose days, flexible
Human Services Aide – Assembles Packets for Douglas County Human Services
4-6 people, one time per month for a couple of hours
Case Aide – One-on-One
Confidentiality a must, one time per week contact, works with Adult Protection Specialist
Special Projects – File of Life, Senior’s Day, Clean-Up and Yard Crew
As needed for special events and projects
Fundraising for Neighbor Network and Senior Outreach Programs
Ongoing, very flexible