Volunteer For VIEWS
VIEWS volunteers are a vital force in the community, assisting other older adults and providing a model for healthy aging. VIEWS provides its services in Multnomah and Clackamas Counties.
We have two volunteer opportunities:
Senior Peer Counselors (ages 55 and better)
VIEWS Senior Peer Counselors facilitate weekly groups that provide emotional support to small groups of seniors, and provide a limited one-to-one counseling for some individuals who are unable to travel to one of our support groups. VIEWS Senior Peer Counselors also facilitate 90 minute discussions called Conversations on Aging. The Conversations focus on topics that help older adults navigate the changes and challenges that come with aging.
Volunteers wishing to become VIEWS Senior Peer Counselors will receive a comprehensive training that includes issues of aging and group facilitation techniques. Staff mental-health professionals screen each potential client prior to being matched with a volunteer or group. Professionals also provide monthly education and support as well as consultation whenever needed. VIEWS volunteers always have professional backup to help them in their work.
Senior Peer Counselors must complete the comprehensive training, anda background check. They commit to working at least four hours each week (the peer counseling time plus travel and supervision), for a minimum of one year. Volunteers also commit to attending the monthly education and support meetings throughout their active volunteering with VIEWS.
VIEWS Conversation Facilitators (ages 55 and better).
VIEWS Conversation Facilitators co-lead 90 minute discussions that are held at various locations around the Metro area. The Conversations are focused on specific topics that help older adults navigate the changes and challenges that come with aging.
Volunteers wishing to become Conversation Facilitators will receive a full day of training and a manual that details approaches and discussion ideas for presenting theConversations on Aging.
Conversation Facilitators must complete the training,as and a background check. They commit to 2.5 – 10 hours per month (from one to four Conversations) for a minimum of one year. Volunteers also commit to attending the monthly education and support meetings throughout their active volunteering with VIEWS.