The Senior Outreach Services (SOS) program, founded in 2002, provides support to Washoe County’s most vulnerable elders through trained volunteers that help them to “Age in Place” and allow them to stay in their homes as long as possible. These seniors are 60 years and older, frail, homebound, low income, and in need of a friend.  Many are isolated and may have no immediate family or other support system yet all are deserving of dignity and respect. Volunteers meet the essential needs of these seniors while engaging in meaningful service that enriches their own lives.

The program is funded by the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD), and the Jean Sanford Endowment. The Sanford Center for Aging, University of Nevada, Reno sponsors Senior Outreach Services while the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Washoe County recruits and enrolls interested volunteers.

SOS Volunteer at Grocery Store

As an SOS volunteer you can help a needy senior be as independent as possible by:

  • Offering companionship and emotional support by visiting once a week and keeping phone contact
  • Providing support by driving clients to doctor’s offices, collect prescription medication from pharmacies, assist with grocery shopping and take them on outings
  • Sharing a skill, play board games, assist their clients with reading, especially those with limited vision
  • Helping the frail seniors with other essential day to day needs
  • Being an advocate for your clients and the eyes and ears of the program

Here is what volunteers do NOT do:

  • Do not assist with housekeeping, laundry, or personal care
  • Take no responsibility for money management
  • Do not administer medicine

If you have the desire to volunteer your time to assist frail seniors in our community for two or more hours each week, please call Sina Ward, Senior Outreach Services Director at 775-784-7506.