Providence Volunteers in Action


Join the Movement! Become the 100,000th Dementia Friend

Nearly six million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. During Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month the Dementia Friendly in the Gorge Initiative and our partner Dementia Friendly America joins with others across the country in raising awareness of dementia—and ways we can all play a role in making our communities more friendly to those living with dementia.

In addition to becoming a Dementia Friend online at, 26 states are offering live Dementia Friends sessions. There are over 97,000 Dementia Friends currently. Help us reach over 100,000 Dementia Friends by the end of June!

Dementia Friendly America, in addition to supporting the development of dementiafriendly communities, operates Dementia Friends USA, which is part of a global movement developed by the Alzheimer's Society in the United Kingdom. The goal of Dementia Friends is to help everyone in a community understand what dementia is, how it affects people and how everyone can make a difference for people touched by dementia. There are now more than 97,000 Dementia Friends across the country!





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.