Mission:   Hearts and Hands volunteers provide practical and emotional support to assist isolated, ill, frail, elderly or disabled adults to maintain independence and improve their quality of life.

Program Description:

Trained volunteers help neighbors in need with:

  •      Friendly visits/companionship

Share a cup of tea, chat, play cards, offer a caring heart, listening, emotional support, and maybe outings.

  •      Practical assistance

Volunteer services may include light housekeeping, simple home repairs or yard work, local errands, or on-island transportation.

  •      Care Giver Respite

Volunteers enable caregivers to have a break and lighten their load.

  • Transportation Assistance

Assistance with transportation for medical appointments, local errands, or as needed.

  • Phone Pals

Phone companionship and checking.


If you or someone you know is in need of assistance from a Hearts and Hands volunteer, please contact Arron Redford at 376-7929. We will arrange for an assessment meeting to determine what needs can be met through our program and a volunteer will be matched according to similar interests and who can best meet the needs requested. If appropriate, referrals to other programs and services will be provided. There is no fee for services provided by Hearts and Hands.


You can help continue services to the Orcas Island community by donating your time and skills (direct care to a care recipient 1-4 hours weekly), occasional help with work projects (call us and we’ll include you on a list to call for special projects) assisting with transportation, and by giving a tax-deductible donation to Hearts and Hands to PO Box 1653. Our program is possible through grants, donations, and fundraising events. Care recipients are grateful for your gifts.


All volunteers receive a training and orientation of the principles and guidelines of being a Hearts and Hands volunteer. The orientation and on-going communication between coordinator and volunteer prepares and supports volunteers to be sensitive to the needs of the care recipient and to respect each person’s right to compassionate care, confidentiality, and dignity at all phases of life. Volunteers generally serve care-recipients in their own homes, but they also meet for lunch or go on field trips or appointments. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Arron Redford at 376-7929.

Special Thanks


Without Hearts and Hands, I don’t know if I would be able to stay in my home.”

“Eternal thanks for the support…. I can leave home for a few hours without worry - a blessing. Good luck…

“Thanks to Hearts and Hands, I not only have someone who comes over and offers me her good company—I have a dear friend.”

“Keeping your loved ones in familiar surroundings seems like the right thing to do… Many thanks. It is wonderful folks like these who make this such a great community, and we are proud to be part of it.”

“Once a week a Hearts and Hands volunteer    comes to my place to do laundry, vacuum, and change my sheets. I’ve reached the age where I can no longer do this. I am so thankful. I don’t know what I’d do otherwise.”

“I originally thought I was giving as a volunteer. Then I realized that by giving I am receiving.”

“While spending time with my match, as she was reading she told me that she was glad that I was there. It felt precious and heartwarming.” 


HEARTS AND HANDS was founded in 2004 as an auxiliary program of Lahari Hospice and Respite Care. In 2009 HEARTS AND HANDS joined the Orcas Island Senior Center.


We appreciate your financial support. Please send tax deductible donations to PO Box 1653. Your donations will be put to excellent use to help be of service to seniors and individuals with disabilities who could use some support!


HEARTS AND HANDS is a program of Orcas Island Senior Center, a non-profit 501c3 corporation. The program is administered by Senior Center Manager Arron Redford and Senior Center Administrator, Celia Farr-Smith. The Orcas Island Senior Center Operations Committee supports the administration and operation of the program services and community outreach.



P.O. Box 1653

Eastsound, WA 98245




There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom, and peace of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else.”

Peyton Conway March