Senior Resource Fair

August 5

Armed Forces Reserve Center
15005 NE 65th St. Vancouver

This event will allow seniors and their families to connect with helpful resources already available to them, right here in our community.

Experts and resources will include:

Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter | Serving Washington & Northern Idaho  206.363.5500 
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. We are here to serve individuals, families, and providers through support groups, care navigation, educational programs, a 24/7 Helpline, advocacy, and events.


Aspect Foundation International Student Exchange  1-800-US-YOUTH or Local Coordinator Sherine West (360)-433-7290
For seniors looking for something meaningful to do that will enrich their lives as well as their communities, we offer the opportunity to host an English-speaking international exchange student for a school year. Seniors who volunteer to host a student have a chance to travel the world without leaving their own home. They will gain a new family member as they learn about their student's country and culture and as they share the American way of life with the student they choose. Hosts receive training and support throughout the school year and have a chance to get to know other families who are hosting students. The exchange experience not only facilitates international diplomacy, but also builds a sense of community among host parents. It truly is an experience of a lifetime


Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities 
At the Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities, we believe every adult deserves to live with dignity. We connect seniors, adults with disabilities and family caregivers to a full range of free and other community resources designed to empower you with choice, improve your quality of life and respect your independence. From information and referral services, family caregiver programs, and several health, nutrition and wellness programs, we are committed to helping our community’s adults live and age well.

Clark College Mature Learning Clark College’s
Mature Learning program has been a pioneer in lifelong learning. The program began in 1972 and is still going strong. A vibrant community of learners is involved as students and volunteers. Highly credentialed instructors from the College and throughout the community present topics ranging from history to science to contemporary world problems.

Clark County CASA Program  (360)-906-9112
The Clark County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program is seeking volunteer applicants to be the voice of a child in foster care.  The CASA program is based on the belief that every child has a right to a safe, permanent, loving home. In our county, the CASA Program is administered by YWCA Clark County. The CASA volunteer is committed to providing factual information about the situation of children who are involved in the Dependency Court system because they are victims of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or stay in inappropriate group or foster homes. The information and recommendations the CASA volunteer provide to the court assists the court in making crucial decisions about the child’s future. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

Clark County Commission on Aging - (360)397-2280
The Clark County Commission on Aging provides leadership and creates community engagement in addressing the opportunities and needs of aging. Society counts on people over 65 because they command 73% of disposable income and comprise the majority of people who populate service organizations.   Examples of issues on which COA advocates are affordable housing for the 87% of people who want to retire in place — new, existing and remodeling to fit the needs of an aging population; communities that place services (especially health) an amenities nearby for easy access; and public transportation (buses, vans and/or shuttles) even to isolated areas.

Clark Regional Wastewater District  (360) 750-5876 ·        
Senior Rate Program   - Low-Income Senior Discount,   Extended Vacancy Credit        
Residential Payment Options -  Direct Debit, On-line, phone, in person, & by mail         
Forms of Payment - Cash, Check, Debit, Credit, Cashier Check, & Money Order

Community Housing Resource Center – 360-690-4496
Provides quality financial education and counseling services to our community to ensure financial security, home ownership and housing stability.  Mortgage Default/Foreclosure Prevention Counseling, City of Vancouver Rehabilitation Loan Program, Free Tax Preparation in Partnership with AARP, Financial/Credit Education & Counseling

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s Office - (360) 695-6292

Goodwill Job Connection (360) 573-6278
 Job Connection provides FREE ·  Job search assistance · Computer classes · English classes · Resume assistance  

Human Service’s Council – Mobility Management VISTA  (360) 694-6577
Provides transportation to those on Washington State Medicaid, and also operates Reserve-a-Ride for those who are not on Medicaid but still need help getting to and from their medical appointments.

Human Service’s Council – Volunteer Connections (360) 735-3683
Volunteer Connections is an organization that connects the time, talents, and wisdom of volunteers with opportunities to enrich the quality of life for themselves and their communities. RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is a program of Senior Corps national service which directs volunteers ages 55+ to opportunities to serve their community. 
matches faith, nonprofit, community and governmental organizations that need volunteers with volunteers willing to help. links you to service opportunities in your community so you can make a difference wherever you are and however you want to serve.  Among the organizations which have posted volunteer opportunities in the Vancouver area are: Share, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, the Red Cross, Clark County, the City of Vancouver, Columbia Springs, the Humane Society, Clark County Food Bank, etc.

JustServe makes it easy to sign-up and show-up, on your time and in your way.

Meals on Wheels People
Since 1970 Meals on Wheels People has provided a nutritional and social lifeline for seniors through 32 meal sites in Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties and Meals on Wheels delivery to homebound seniors. With the help of 8,500 volunteers, the nonprofit organization now serves 5,000 meals daily and 1.3 million meals each year.

Non Profit Network
This organization works to strengthen Southwest Washington nonprofits by facilitating collaborative work among nonprofits and their supporters and by connecting the public to nonprofits so they can donate, volunteer, and better appreciate their community.  They have been recognized for successfully identifying patterns indicating needs around the community that need to be addressed.  

Northwest Justice Project
This organization is Washington’s public policy funded legal aid program.  Each year NJP provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to thousands of low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs. 

The Vancouver Chapter of SCORE offers free, real-world mentoring to help businesses succeed.  ​Over 20 business experts volunteer their time to provide ongoing mentoring and relevant low cost training.  Mentors come from every business sector and have substantial skills to help entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses.  Online scheduling is available to select the best mentor for your needs and access many free tools, webinars, and other resources. 

Social Security (866) 931-9172
This independent agency of the US federal government administers a social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability, and survivors’ benefits. 

Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA)
Call to speak with a SHIBA volunteer: 1-800-562-6900
Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) helps people understand their health care coverage options and rights, find affordable health care, and evaluate and compare different health insurance plans.  We provide free, unbiased, and confidential assistance with Medicare and other health care choices. 

USDA Rural Development 360-883-1987 extension 4
USDA offers loans up  to $20,000 at 1% to very low income applicants in eligible rural areas, to repair, improve or modernize their home, or grants up to $7500 for homeowners 62 and over to remove health and safety hazards. 100% financed loans are offered to purchase a home in eligible rural areas to very low, low income and moderate applicants.

Vancouver Elks Lodge #823  (360)-256-0823
Charity and Volunteer Fraternal organization supporting Veterans, Community, County, State and National activities.   Washington State Elks major charity is "Children therapy".

Vancouver Housing Authority (360) 694-2501
The VHA provides housing for low-income seniors, as well as Service Coordination in our VHA managed properties. Service Coordinators act as resident advocates and are knowledgeable in entitlements and benefits such as Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid.  In addition, they assess individual and community needs and link seniors with transportation, personal care, food assistance and more.  Service Coordinators work to assist seniors with the services they need to remain comfortably independent.

Vancouver Parks and Recreation 
The Luepke Center and Trapedero II Lounge are perfect places for people who are fifty and older to join in fun and positive activities that encourage staying active in mind, body and spirit, making new friends and enjoying life. Both centers offer computers with internet access, lending libraries, fitness and aquatic facilities. You’ll find social clubs, dances, workshops, special interest classes, outdoor adventures and travel.

Veterans Affairs - VA Portland Health Care System Caregiver Support Program; (360)-696-4061
Program focuses on Caregivers of Veterans of all eras; VA offers a number of services that can provide you with the support that's right for you. Whether you and the Veteran you care for could use some help at home or you just need someone to listen, we're here to support you.

Washington State University Extension
• Master Food Preserve program – a volunteer program that trains you in the safe food preservation methods prior to becoming a certified Master Food Preserver that staffs displays at community events, staffs a phone hotline, helps teach classes, tests pressure gauges and more. 
• Food Preservation Community Education classes for those wanting to update their skills in food preservation to be sure it is done safely. 
• Pre-Diabetes education for those that have been diagnosed with Pre-diabetes. The program helps those learn lifestyle habits that are necessary to prevent them from getting diabetes. This includes healthy eating guidelines and physical activity. 

Washington State University Vancouver

Washington State University-Vancouver is a four-year branch of WSU that is located in Salmon Creek, WA.  This campus has approximately 3,300 students enrolled, and offers 20 bachelors degrees, eight masters degrees, and eight doctorate degrees.  The 351-acre campus also has many computer and research labs, along with an Environmental Information Cooperative Library.  

Young at Heart Senior Theater Club 

Young at Heart (YAH!) is a performing arts group with all members over the age of 50.  Their goal is to keep themselves physically and mentally active and to let the show biz bug exercise its magic well into their golden years.  The group is currently in production for their annual September musical which will be presented to the public at the Luepke Senior Center, 1009 E McLoughlin (behind the Marshall Center) on Thurs Sept 10th at 6:30 p.m. and Friday September  11th at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Contact show director Carroll Dodd (360) 904-0798 or Kelly Lund with the Luepke Center (360) 487-7055 for further information.