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SAIL Volunteer Agreement

Mail completed form to:

Shepherdstown Area Independent Living
PO Box 2091
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

There are many ways for both members and non-members to become a SAIL volunteer. Many projects can be done from home and on personal computers. We have over 40 volunteers hard at work doing many of the jobs listed below.

After completing Volunteer Agreement, Application, and Background check, volunteers attend an orientation.  They are encouraged to attend three volunteer training sessions conducted each year, but must attend at least one.

The goal is to have many "hands" so that no one is overburdened. Our motto for volunteering is "just say no" if you need to.

Administrative Assistance

  • Helping with preparation of the Newsletter

  • Collecting news items

  • Emailing      

  • Monitoring vetted contractors and vendors 

  • Monitoring volunteers who work with members 

  • Writing thank you notes to hosts, new members, and donors

  • Update computer files

  • Inputting membership data from applications and information forms

  • Mailing out requested materials

  • Organizing small group meetings

  • Maintaining regular communications with members and prospects through regular emails and mailings

  • Preparing membership packet

  • Keeping the website current

  • Managing the on-line events calendar;

Public Relations and Marketing

  • Preparing and submitting press releases to the media 
  • Creating fliers and handouts      
  • Designing publications
  • Delivering brochures to businesses, street fairs, the library, farmers markets
  • Preparing letters to local, state and national legislators



  • Planning social activities such as potluck dinners, trips to galleries and theater events 
  • Organizing special interest groups such as single's clubs, book clubs, bridge, dining out, cooking clubs 
  • Organizing classes and workshops  


Community relations

  • Assisting with fundraising
  • Maintaining relationships with strategic and corporate partners 
  • Writing funding grants


Assisting members with:

  • Transportation
  • Home visits
  • Phone calls
  • Errands
  • Computer skills and maintenance
  • Light maintenance: 
    • changing a light bulb
    • checking fuse boxes or breakers
    • emptying a mousetrap
    • cutting up a fallen tree limb 
  • On an emergency basis:
    • Providing a meal
    • Overseeing medical schedules 
    • Delivering medical equipment 
    • Making a hospital visit 
    • Helping to file insurance claims
    • Acting as the liaison with a distant family member