Local nonprofit looks for community volunteers

By Alyssa Evans

Volunteers are wanted for a local program that helps low-income seniors and adults with disabilities. The program, called the Volunteer Chore Program, is operated by the Opportunity Council, a nonprofit agency that serves homeless and low-income individuals and families in Whatcom County.

The chore program helps low-income seniors and adults with developmental disabilities live independently in their own homes. Volunteers help out with housekeeping, grocery shopping, laundry, yard work, transportation, small household repairs, reading mail aloud and paying bills.

An information session about the chore program will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on July 28 in downtown Bellingham. Anyone can volunteer but registration for the info session is required.

“Volunteers make all the difference for our clients who don’t have friends or family that can help and are unable to pay for assistance,” said Abby Lund, Volunteer Chore Program specialist.

Volunteering with the chore program is an opportunity to not only provide a much needed service to someone who will greatly benefit but a chance to make a friend, Lund said.

“Volunteers may think that they  are just cleaning and not really doing that much,” said one chore program client. “But they make the difference between just existing and living life.”

Contact Lund at chore@whatcomvolunteer.org or 360/734-5121 for more information and to RSVP for the info session.

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