Established in 1997, Community Partners in Caring—a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit (ID# 77-0477176) — is a Volunteer Caregiving organization that coordinates volunteers for the purpose of providing free and direct volunteer services to seniors (age 62+) living in Santa Barbara County. Our mission is to provide volunteer support services that allow our senior population to live independently while maintaining dignity, respect, and quality of life.
How? Through a combination of volunteer opportunities, social activities, workshops, free direct assistance, and referral services we support the well-being, safety, dignity, independence as well as the physical, emotional, and mental health of seniors (age 62+) and the mildly disabled throughout our county. Our Volunteer Program is designed as a support system and intervention for those unable to access affordable non-medical support services and lack family/friend support. It also engages younger seniors in the provision of volunteer services while involving them in social activities that keep them active and engaged.
Benefit/Outcomes: Among the seniors we serve, we expect to find (1) greater confidence in aging in place, (2) reduced isolation, and (3) improved access to basic needs, such as the need to access medical care, preventive care, food, and the need for human connection.
Free Services We Provide: Door-through-Door transportation, Friendly Visits/Reassurance Calls, Shopping/Errands, and referrals to community resources. These free services break isolation and allow seniors to remain connected to their community, attend to physical/emotional/mental health needs, access food, maintain healthy human connections, and remain safely at home. Our screened volunteers watch for declining health, unhealthy home environments, and abuse/neglect so that our agency can intervene and make appropriate referrals. Of all the services we provide, our free door-through-door transportation, is the most requested. Roughly 85% of all transportation is to medical appointment and to secure food.
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