Volunteer Appreciation Month

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”- Helen Keller

Our programs at Sound Generations and our Community Partner Sites across King County would not be made possible without the compassion, dedication and countless hours that our volunteers put in. Please sign up today and make a difference within your community. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

Norah Erwin-Stewart, Information & Advocacy Director:
“Volunteers enable us to stretch our program’s reach further, and inspire us to work better; our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do!”

Volunteer Transportation:
“I have laughed with some of them, learned from some of them, and for others have simply lent a sympathetic ear…I started out wanting to be of service to my community. It turns out that volunteering with Sound Generations has been beneficial to me also. Making new friends, learning from them, and providing a much needed service, how can you beat that!” – Jean Fielder, Volunteer Transportation driver

“It’s a pleasure working with so many committed and dedicated volunteers who genuinely care about the lives of seniors in their communities.” – Volunteer Transportation Team       

Meals on Wheels:
“We are grateful to our 300+ Meals on Wheels volunteers that not only help provide nutritious meals but offer our participants a connection to the community. We’ve had many participants tell us how much they look forward to seeing and speaking with the volunteers each week, some have even shared it’s their reason for getting dressed that day.” 

“I would like to thank the (volunteer) delivery drivers – they are very friendly, taking time to chat with me, checking to see how I am doing, they brighten my day.” – Meals on Wheels client

Health & Wellness:
Our volunteers enable us to provide workshops and classes all over King County that help support older adults and those with chronic health conditions remain independent and live healthy lives.”

Community Dining:
“Our program would not be possible without the dedicated and hardworking volunteers who are the essential part of the program. Our volunteers make a difference!”

Hyde Shuttle:
“We appreciate our Hyde Shuttle volunteer drivers who donate their time and care to our Shoreline and Sno-Valley communities.”

“You only need a heart full of grace.
A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


Jean Fielder, Volunteer Transportation Driver


Engage in Every Way – Older American’s Month

“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”—Dr. Suess

May is Older American’s Month across the nation. As this month comes to a close, we want to remind everyone that Sound Generations is here to meet older adults where they’re at in the aging process so they can (A)ctively (G)enerate (E)mpowerment in their overall health.

For over 50 years, thanks to your support, Sound Generations has been passionate about positive aging and remains committed to older adults. We serve the needs of older adults from the frail elder who requires support in daily living to the healthy, active older adult seeking volunteer and leadership opportunities. King County is home to an increasingly diverse aging population that will represent one quarter of all adults by 2025. Statistics further show, one in four 65 year olds will live past the age of 90. While we celebrate the increase in lifespan, maintaining health while aging comes with a price.

At Sound Generations, we recognize these individuals and groups are at higher risk of poor health. We provide a multitude of ways for older adults, adults with disabilities, and those that care about them to engage with us and utilize our services to lead their best lives possible. With resources, services, and human connections—those from all abilities, income levels, and cultures can lead full happy and healthy lives. Often times, inspiring their peers to do the same. Furthermore, their mental attitude about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle regimen improves.

Our programs are a continuum of integrated services encompassing food security, shelter, health and wellness, and
community to support a healthy, safe, and engaged life for older adults and adults with disabilities. Our Pathways Information & Assistance Program is there to find community resources such as case management, housing, or utility assistance, and makes referrals to other community services. Our Transportation Program understands how physical limitations for older adults can make getting around various places or running errands nearly impossible. Our free transportation serves as a community connector providing shuttles to our Community Dining Meal Program and Community Partner Sites, rides to medical appointments with individual escorts, and neighborhood vans for errands such as grocery shopping, banking, or visiting friends.

For those more limited in their mobility and/or who choose to age in place our Meals On Wheels Program provides
nutritious home-delivered meals to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities while our Minor Home Repair Program makes accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners in Seattle, Shoreline, and Bellevue that include minor plumbing, carpentry repairs, and installation of wheelchair ramps, grab bars and handrails.
Lastly, our Health and Wellness Programs’ evidence based practices with older adults and adults with disabilities have shown, when you provide low-cost self-management programs, the quality of life for these individuals improves. Thus reducing hospital stays, re-hospitalization, need for long-term care, and malnutrition. So as you read, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Sound Generations, in partnership with you, will be there every step of the way. No matter the situation, we will serve, assist, and guide our clients on the aging journey.

To learn more about our full program offerings visit the web: www.soundgenerations.org