REAL Services volunteers provide nutrition, self-sufficiency, education, and protection for 30,000 people in Northern Indiana each year.
REAL Services seeks to add quality to the lives of the people we serve, while supporting their ability to live independently for as long as possible. We hope that here you'll discover and partake in a fulfilling opportunity to serve others.
A great team building activity! Adopt-A-Routes are Meals on Wheels routes that an organization or business commits to serving by sending members or employees to volunteer. Send one or two members every week or month to fulfill your route. This is an easy and effective way to become more involved with your local community.
Caregiver Connections is a full-service center for caregivers to find resources and receive support and education that is crucial to helping them provide superior care to their loved one living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Volunteers can help in a wide variety of activities.
The Dementia Friends Indiana movement seeks to advance education and awareness of dementia, reduce the stigma associated with the disease, and create community environments that are welcoming and conducive for those living with dementia. To become a Dementia Friend, you can either attend an in-person workshop or watch a series of online videos. A list of workshops can be found in our education tab. You can find videos at DementiaFriendsIndiana.org.
Through its Adult Guardianship Services Program, REAL Services offers legal care and protection to seniors who are unable to make their own financial and medical decisions and have no one to serve in this capacity on their behalf. To enhance the seniors' quality of life, volunteers from the community serve as Guardian Volunteer Advocates (GVAs) for individuals. As a GVA, you will do more than just visit the person—you will serve as their advocate, monitoring their care and ensuring that they’re getting the treatment and support that they need.
Handyperson projects vary depending on the needs of the people served and can range from changing a light bulb to fixing a leaky faucet. After completing a volunteer orientation, Handyperson volunteers will be contacted when a prospective project is available. Interested volunteers will be asked to assess their ability to handle any given project, and will only be sent to jobs they feel comfortable doing. The person receiving the services are responsible for providing needed tools and supplies for every project.
REAL Services’ Health Education programs offer workshops for older adults to increase exercise and support healthy aging. As a volunteer, you and a co-leader will facilitate these workshops. Volunteer leaders must first become certified by attending two four-hour sessions of training and co-lead one workshop as a trainee. Workshops take place once a week for eight weeks for a maximum of 2 hours each time. Volunteer leaders must be available at least twice per year to maintain their certification.
Meals On Wheels
Meals On Wheels (MOW) presents a great volunteer opportunity for anyone with free time during the lunch hour! As a volunteer for MOW, you will provide healthy meals to homebound adults by delivering meals directly to their houses in South Bend, Mishawaka, or Elkhart area. Your specific route will be coordinated with your desired schedule.
Office and Clerical Projects
Individual, Corporate and Group Projects
Spring yard clean up! Summer interior and exterior home maintenance! Fall leaf raking and yard clean up. Winter snow removal!
There are seasonal projects galore for our older adults and disabled neighbors in need. Perhaps you or a group of your friends would like to provide an hour or two to help a community member.
REAL Telephone Friends
REAL Friends provides real human contact to our isolated seniors through phone calls. The goal is to reduce isolation and loneliness and reconnect the older generation back to society. Regular social contact has been proven to combat feelings of anxiety, depression, and generalized loss of function, as well as screen for underlying physical and other mental health issues.
Elves for Elders
Be an Elf to a senior receiving our services! Purchase a $50 VISA or MasterCard and we will connect you to a deserving senior! No time to shop? We will be happy to accept your donation and get the gift card for you! Click below.