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Volunteer opportunities return to Jackson County

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A new slate of volunteer opportunities is available in Jackson County.

The Community Volunteer Network released its newest list this week, noting that more opportunities can be found online. Visit besavvyso.org/how-to-get-involved for detailed information about the opportunities below and to check out a list of more organizations looking for volunteers. Call the Community Volunteer Network at 541-857-7780 or email bkirkland@retirement.org for more information and to sign up.

Rogue Retreat Thrift Shop is looking for volunteer DRIVERS who can transport donated items to its shop near downtown Medford two times a month. Vehicle and gasoline card are provided, and some lifting is required. Help with sorting and pricing donations; assist customers with selections and sales. Volunteers must enjoy working with others to benefit an exciting cause. Strict COVID-19 policies are in place. Training and PPE will be provided.

Rogue Retreat Thrift Shop needs volunteer CASHIERS and SORTERS. Volunteers who love books are needed to maintain the book nook, volunteers who have an eye for style are needed to make displays, and volunteers who have knowledge about jewelry or antiques are needed to help with events and the special vintage area.

The Call-A-Ride medical transportation program is in need of volunteer DRIVERS to transport local homebound seniors to their medical appointments in Jackson County. Drivers use their own vehicles, and mileage reimbursement is provided. COVID-19 safety policies are in place. This opportunity is only for volunteers 55 and older.

SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance) is seeking volunteer MEDICARE COUNSELORS to help seniors navigate the ins and outs of Medicare. No experience needed; volunteers receive extensive training and meet one-on-one with clients to provide unbiased support for all things Medicare-related. This opportunity is only for volunteers 55 and older.

Age Wise Age Well is seeking compassionate volunteers to provide PEER COUNSELING to older adults who are experiencing issues related to aging such as grief, loss, anxiety, isolation, adjusting to new illness and many others. No experience needed; volunteer counselors are trained to meet with clients one-on-one and provide emotional support and guidance to seniors referred to the program. This opportunity is only for volunteers 55 and older.