Elders in Action is powered by the wisdom and talent of our volunteers. People of all backgrounds and experience share their unique skills to improve the lives of others. Enjoy some of their stories on this page.
A Volunteer Who Brings Get Joy
Elders in Action's volunteer, Darlene Eckert, brings us great joy with every interaction and effort she provides. In 2009, when Darlene came to Elders in Action as a volunteer, she had just achieved her Master's Degree in Social Work and was teaching part time at Portland State University. Her focus in school was gerontology so she came to Elders in Action to learn more about community resources and for direct contact with older adults.
As a Personal Advocate volunteer, Darlene has received additional experience and training and has engaged with many older adults. She has completed over 20 Personal Advocate cases directly helping individuals overcome obstacles that impact their lives. She volunteers weekly in our office providing valuable intake information and referral phone calls for people who call for assistance. Her kind responsiveness providing helpful information makes a big difference for an older person who is trying to live independently.
Just as important as her direct service is the positive attitude and fun-loving outlook that Darlene supplies to clients, staff and fellow volunteers. Her thoughtful and practical approach along with her willingness to do anything to get the job done is exemplar. Her experience at Elders in Action has allowed her to achieve her volunteer goals and she has personally made sure that the quality of life for many older adults in the greater Portland area is not dependent on age.
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