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Community Partners & Volunteering
Looking to team up with the County or for volunteer opportunities? Want to work with Aging & Independence Services (AIS) to improve the lives of seniors and those with disabilities? Let AIS connect you to the many ways you can give back to the community and also stay informed.
Social Participation Resources
Visit the following pages for ideas on how to connect with others, volunteer work, and more:
Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is one of the many opportunities the Health and Human Services Agency offers older adults a way to help out and volunteer in their communities. There are a variety of locations and roles for older adults who wish to volunteer. For more information call 858-505-6399 or send us an email.
Why join RSVP?
More than 200 local organizations benefit from the efforts of RSVP volunteers. These seniors, age 55 plus, help our community through participation in law enforcement, health care, education, the arts and many other arenas. They donate more than 512,000 hours annually, saving our county millions of dollars.
Some of the benefits for RSVP volunteers include:
- RSVP matches older adults to the service that best fits their personal interests and makes use of their skills and lifelong experiences.
- On-duty accident and liability insurance is provided.
- Volunteers may receive limited mileage reimbursement.
- Volunteers and their work stations receive recognition for their service.
What are RSVP volunteers saying about their experience?
- "My volunteer work keeps me busy, useful and happy."
- "Volunteering fills the need I have to help people."
- "By teaching seniors about fire safety and helping children learn to read, I am working with different generations."
- "By volunteering, I can do things I know and still help others."
RSVP is sponsored by the County of San Diego Aging & Independence Services through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
What do volunteers do?
Volunteers Do Many Things...
- Deliver a meal.
- Help harvest and distribute, food and produce.
- Teach a child or adult to read.
- Visit a new friend in a nursing home.
- Help the environment.
- Patrol a neighborhood.
- Assist with needed office work.
- Be a docent in a museum, visitors center.
- Assist a senior with transportation.
- Provide program-specific training.
- Entertain at senior center and special events
- And much more....
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman program advocates for residents in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, as well as investigates abuse in other licensed facilities. An Ombudsman listens to concerns, provides information and assistance when requested and will investigate and resolve complaints related to care or personal rights. To volunteer, contact the program at 800-640-4661 or at 858-560-2507. Learn more about becoming a volunteer here.
AIS sponsors the San Diego Fall Prevention Task Force, which works to reduce falls and their devastating consequences. Risk factors can include balance and mobility problems, medical conditions and medication, and poor vision. Volunteer to serve on the task force by e-mailing HealthierLiving.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov or call 858-495-5500. Learn more about preventing falls here.
AIS's Intergenerational Program works to brings together people of
all ages to strengthen our communities. Coming together, they may have
solutions to some of our toughest dilemmas, and we must give elders
and youth an opportunity to learn from one another. To learn more
Programs in San Diego County, click here.
The Health Promotion Committee advises AIS on ways to improve the health and wellness of older adults so they will remain independent. The AIS Health Promotion unit provides programs to manage chronic conditions, improve physical functioning, increase socialization, and prevent falls. To receive committee meeting notifications and details, e-mail HealthierLiving.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov or call 858-495-5500.
AIS Advisory Council
The AIS Advisory Council looks at ways to strengthen the aging support network and operations. It serves as the voice of consumers and community experts to maximize the delivery of AIS services as the County advances the Live Well San Diego vision to ensure all San Diegans are healthy, safe, and thriving. Apply by filling out this form. Then send it to Jana.Jordan@sdcounty.ca.gov.
Aging Roadmap/Age Well San Diego
The Aging Roadmap is a regional framework that guides efforts to meet the needs of older adults, including providing care and support, affordable housing, accessible transportation, and opportunities to work and volunteer. To get involved, click here.
Community Action Networks (CANs) are associations of non-profit agencies, businesses, private citizens, professionals, and public offices in the North, South, East and Central Regions of San Diego County. CANs are collaborative groups that meet, take action and advocate for older adults and adults with disabilities. CAN meetings are open to the public. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all meetings are held virtually until further notice. To receive Community Action Network email meeting reminders and updates, go here: http://bit.ly/AISGovDelivery.
The Caregiver Coalition of San Diego represents the community efforts of a diverse group of agencies, private, public, professional, non-profit, and for profit that serve families caring for their loved ones. The organization's purpose is to make caring less stressful. It provides free information, such as the Caregiver Handbook, as well as some services however some products and services have a cost.
Live Well San Diego is a vision for a region that is building better health, living safely and thriving. It aligns the efforts of individuals, organizations and government to help all 3.3 million San Diego County residents live well. Organizations can become Live Well San Diego Recognized Partners by making a formal commitment to support the Live Well vision. Learn more here.
For updates on programs for older adults, email email@example.com
To receive the AIS newsletter, contact HealthierLiving.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov.
The AIS Outreach & Education Team links with community organizations and individuals to share information about services and age-related issues. It assists the Project C.A.R.E. sites and works with local action networks. Team members attend community events and fairs.
The team offers educational presentations on many age-related topics, including maintaining good mental health, proper use of medicines, preventing financial abuse, advance care planning, and Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
For more information call 858-505-6300 or send us an email.