Sonia S., Sharon L., Debbie and Pat M meeting for lunch.

My name is Debbie Lasley, the new Volunteer Engagement Coordinator for CAREGIVERS Volunteers Assisting the Elderly. After 15 years in management with the volunteer department at St. John’s Hospital in Camarillo, I took a career leap last September and joined the volunteer caregiving movement here in Ventura County. I joined Caregivers in September 2023.

My new role here is a dream come true and I’m making every effort to reach out share all the new and exciting ways to volunteer. Maintaining relationships are at the heart and soul of my commitment to coaching, training, interviewing and scheduling new and returning volunteers. I look forward to creating a fun and exciting environment working with people who are as committed as I am to serve our aging population. You may feel like I do that I get as much or more than I give from these experiences.

The benefits of volunteering help us age better ourselves. Giving to others can help you to find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and bring meaning and purpose to your life. It can also help protect your mental and physical health, reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose.

With our Careworks Online system, volunteering is only a click away. Requests from seniors are added on a daily basis. You choose the date and time you are available to lend a hand with Transportation, Shop & Drop, Household Chores, Honey Do’s (small tasks), Organizing etc. (All the services we provide are non medical). It’s easier than ever, and I am happy to assist with an in person training to guide you through the process.

CAREGIVERS is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and it’s up to us to determine what the next 40 years looks like. We’re off to a good start going into 2024 and it should come as no surprise that the needs of these vulnerable populations we serve will require more commitment, more support. Please join us in inviting your friends and family to campion this important mission. We’ll be joining a national campaign, inviting donors to support us and encouraging new volunteers to give 40 hours over 40 weeks. Neighbors helping Neighbors is a simple idea that can change someone’s life, maybe even yours!

Please give me call at (805) 658-8530 or email [email protected].

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