Family Assistance Program
Being affected by ALS can be isolating and challenging. Through the Family Assistance Program, a trained volunteer is matched with an individual or family affected by ALS to support them by completing everyday chores or providing companionship.
The major goal of this program is to increase quality of life for the person living with ALS, decrease stress, and make life easier for the whole family. By accessing volunteer services, we believe all members living in the household will experience benefits from this program. The Family Assistance Program will relieve the burden of daily tasks allowing the family to spend time on enjoyable activities.
Volunteers are an essential part of The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter’s vision and values. They will be carefully matched and trained to support the needs of each family. Volunteers can assist with most household tasks, except for personal care, medical care, and transportation.
Common requests include:
Seasonal yard work
Online care calendar management
Due to safety measures in place because of COVID-19, volunteers are not currently allowed to provide activities in someone's home or do anything that would put them in prolonged close contact with others. We will expand this program as we recover from the COVID-19 health crisis to include more internal home activities such as:
Basic technology setup/training
Who are the volunteers?
Not only do people living with ALS get help, but the volunteers, many of whom have been personally affected by this disease, are able to give back in a meaningful way. In fact, many of our volunteers joined the program because of a loved one with ALS. Some volunteers have no connection to ALS. However, everyone who volunteers is interested in making a direct difference in people’s lives.
How are volunteers screened, trained, and supervised?
The screening process includes an application, an interview, reference checks, and a background check. When a volunteer is accepted into the program, they go through an orientation about ALS, The ALS Association, and training specific to the family assistance program. Volunteers are contacted two weeks after being connected with a family and then on a monthly basis.
How do I get connected?
The Family Assistance Program will be one of our most rewarding services. Whether you would like to access services, become a volunteer, or have a question email our Volunteer Coordinator, Katrina Hawking, at email@example.com or call the main office at 425-656-1650.
*Participation in this program is entirely voluntary and can be halted at any time. If the person living with ALS cannot be home alone, then a caregiver must be present while a volunteer is in the home.