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News briefs for July 2011

Volunteer transportation serves veterans in need

Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services Division recently joined Ride Connection to address the unique transportation needs of veterans living in Multnomah County. The two organizations are seeking volunteer drivers who are veterans with a desire to serve their community and fellow veterans.

This volunteer transportation program will help buffer the loss of independence by providing no-charge, personalized transportation to veterans who can no longer drive or use public transportation. The trips taken through the program may include visits to the doctor or dentist or for other personal needs such as grocery shopping.

Ride Connection recently started a similar program for veterans in Washington County by teaming up with Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services. The program has seen success in its initial stages, so far drawing interest from more than 25 veterans who wish to volunteer their time and services.

Volunteer drivers could choose to use their own car or a Ride Connection vehicle to transport veterans to and from essential appointments. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, call 503-528-1738 and identify yourself as wanting to become a veteran volunteer driver.

East Portland Social Security office moves farther east

The East Portland Social Security Office opened at a new location June 20. The new office at 17925 S.E. Division St. - 4.5 miles east of its former home - will provide a full range of Social Security services. To get to the new office from either direction on Interstate 84, take Exit 13 and travel 2.5 miles south on Southeast 181st Avenue. This becomes 182nd Avenue. Turn right (westbound) at Division Street and continue one block. The office is on the right (north) side of Division Street.

The office is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except on federal holidays. The office serves Oregon residents from East Multnomah County to Mount Hood.

Members of the public also can conduct business with Social Security by calling 1-800-772-1213 or visiting the website at socialsecurity.gov.

Oregon now regulates caregiver registry services

Portland's Caregiver Connection Inc., a privately owned caregiver referral company since 1998, has become the first service of its kind to be licensed and regulated in Oregon.

Caregiver Connection Inc. refers independent caregivers to Portland-area residents. While caregiver registries are licensed and regulated in other states, Oregon is the first west of the Rocky Mountains to follow suit.