Providence Volunteers in Action


Dear Volunteers in Action Community,

We are deeply concerned about the health and safety of our clients, volunteers, and communities. Like you, we have been closely monitoring the rapidly changing environment caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19). This, coupled with the recent departure of the program’s coordinator and Jesuit Volunteer necessitates that we temporarily place a pause on Volunteers in Action. This means that we are not accepting new clients or volunteers and can no longer provide transportation or other in-person services.

We hope that clients and volunteers who are already connected will remain in contact. Volunteers should continue to report volunteer hours through the Better Impact system ( and abide by program guidelines.

We understand that this decision may have a big impact on your routine, so we hope to be clear about our limitations so that you can seek alternatives Below is a list of other resources that may help to meet your needs during this time.

If you’re looking for help with:

  • Transportation
    • CAT (Hood River): (541) 386-4202
    • Hood River Pedicab- Call or text: (541) 714-3130
    • Mt Adams (White Salmon): (509) 493-4662
    • Gorge Taxi Service: (541) 399-5060
  • Home repairs
    • Brush with Kindness: (541) 490-1417
  • Groceries or meal preparation
    • FISH: (541) 386-3474
    • Meals on Wheels (Oregon): 541-276-1926
    • Meals on Wheels (Washington): (509) 493-3068
  • Companionship

If you would like more information on services that support older adults in our community, please contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center at (541) 276-1926.

A case manager or social worker at your primary care office may be able to help you identify other local resources. 

We hope to return to our full operations as soon as possible and will keep you informed of any updates as we are able. Thank you for your compassion and kindness throughout these challenging times. We can’t wait to see you all on the other side of this!

With an abundance of love and health,

Mark Thomas, M.Div., B.C.C.
Chief Mission Officer
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital
pronouns: he, him
541-387-6451 Desk


Hello Volunteers in Action Community,


I’m touching base with a bit of news for you. I’ll be leaving my position as Program Coordinator here at Volunteers in Action, and my last day will be September 30th.


I wanted to reach out to let you know that I’ve so enjoyed working with all of you during my time here. It’s been a true pleasure getting to know you and serving my community. While I’m excited for the new opportunity ahead of me, leaving behind Volunteers in Action is bittersweet.


Please don’t hesitate to let me know if there are any loose ends, you’d like me to tie up before I leave. I’m happy to do so. Moving forward, please contact the office directly at 541-387-6404 for your future needs. We do anticipate some reduction in the program’s responsiveness during this transition, but we will do our best to meet your requests.


Wishing you all the best!


Britta Willson, MA Gerontology

(Pronouns: she, her)

Program Coordinator, Volunteers in Action

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital

T: 541-387-6404

F: 541-387-6462


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In order to keep our clients and volunteers safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, here are the changes to the ViA program  effective immediately and indefinitely:


  • We are no longer offering in-person visits to care receivers (companionship visits, light housekeeping, yard work, running errands, minor home repairs, etc).
  • We DO offer weekly check-ins by phone!  
  • We will transport only for critical medically necessary appointments such as macular degeneration eye shots, follow up from surgery, etc. We do not transport for emergency or illness!
  • Grocery shopping
    • Switching to “shop for” instead of “shop with.” Contact the office for more info.


We are so grateful for everything our volunteers are doing to help the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak! Please reach out to the ViA office with any questions or concerns you may have!



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Mission Statement/ Nuestra Misión

Volunteers in Action supports people in maintaining independence through compassionate relationships. 

Through our work, we know people, care for them, and ease their way.

Our goal is to provide social and practical support which empowers care receivers to pursue wellness on their own terms.  People who receive care through VIA are typically adults living with chronic health conditions or short-term medical vulnerability.

Voluntarios en Acción apoya a la gente en mantener su independencia con relaciones amicales.

A través de nuestro trabajo, nosotros conocemos a gente, los cuidamos, y les facilitamos su camino.

Nuestra meta es de proporcionar apoyo social y práctico para los recibientes de cuidado y al mismo tiempo dar les el empoderamiento de perseguir su bienestar con sus propios términos. Gente que recibe asistencia por Voluntarios en Acción son típicamente adultos que viven con condiciones medicales crónicas o con una vulnerabilidad medica de corto tiempo.