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Causes: Health

Mission: Giving everyone a new perspective on life.

Target demographics: Everyone

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: Information Management, Raising Awareness, Special Interest Research, Elder Helpers, LifeStyle Guide

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 1

I paid the $50 to receive an access code in order to contact volunteers in my community for assistance. After several weeks and numerous emails I was still not sent the access code. I eventually got my money refunded after considerable time and effort. I feel that this program misrepresents itself as it is not able to offer the help it advertises . This organization should be thoroughly investigated.

Review from Guidestar

1 Lukas A.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Redflag #1 This "nonprofit's" mission statement is, compassion at its finest is free, yet this company is the opposite of that. After signing up you have to pay a $10 fee to volunteer. They say its optional but its not. Redflag #2 In the email I received from them, they actually say we are also asking people in need of help to participate to the costs. THEY PRAY ON PEOPLE NEEDING HELP. They charge the elderly $50, just to see the volunteers contact info per month. Redflag #3 Look up the physical address for this nonprofit. Its a shady building in a back alley with no signs. Redflag #4 I found their tax info and it doesnt look good. They recieve over 300,000 from "Google grants" every year yet claim them as expenses. See for youself! Google, 26-2945586 The Campaign for Aging Research, and look under the nonprofit explorer link.

12 Johanna S.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

The elderly woman who contacted me told me she called numerous others and never got a reply.
Beware of Elder Helpers at elderhelpers.org don’t make the same mistake I did; do your research. I was looking for an opportunity to help seniors in my area, joined Elder Helpers as a volunteer, what a mistake. Not only are they not a BBB accredited business but it is of my opinion that they are stealing money from seniors and their families. All they do is sell a list of names and numbers to unsuspecting seniors and their families looking for help. The list contains a few honest people like me looking to help but I’m certain many on the list are bogus. I know that there are the same people who have created more than one profile because that is what has brought me to stand up against Elder Helpers at elderhelpers.org. When attempting to login to update my profile I was told that my password was incorrect so I went for to the “Forgot Password” option. On their website the “Forgot Password” process is to type your email address into a text box and they are supposed to send you and email to reset the password but this email never came. After I made several attempts and didn’t get the email to reset my password I contacted Elder Helpers. Here is the email volley:
Me: I'm a volunteer looking to update my profile. I have tried several times to reset password but never get an email to do so.
Mary R: Have you tried resetting it?
Me: I've never gotten the reset email.
Mary R: There is a link under the login box to reset your password.
Me: Yes, I know and I've tried it several times but I'm not getting and email from your site to reset it.
Mary R: You can try re-registering with a different email address.
Me: No, I will not register again. Do you understand what I am trying to convey? After selecting that I have forgotten my password your website prompts me to enter my email address and states it will send me an email to reset my password and I'm not getting that email. I have checked my junk mail too.
I expect you to fix this problem with your website by the end of the day.
Eder Helpers responded with their generic see our FAQ (frequently asked questions) on our website.
They did not fix the problem so here I am shouting out a warning to all: Beware of Elder Helpers at elderhelpers.org!
On their home page you will find a short “About Us” blurb that includes the statement, “We believe that compassion at its finest is free”. Their service is not free, so what does that say to you about their compassion?
Please share my experience with others let us use the power of the Internet for good and warn everyone of this organization and to educate others not to make my mistake and to research before getting involved with any organization.

Review from Guidestar

10

Donor

Rating: 1

after paying for this service for a family member, he tried to contact 3 volunteers only to be told by one that he had no idea what my family member was talking about when asked if he was a volunteer for elderhelpers .........then tried calling 2 others on the list who never answer the phone!!! what's up with this??????????
shirley

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am particularly impressed with Elder Helpers ability to provide an interconnectedness for different facilities. It is great for volunteers to be able to met and serve Elders in the community assigned to them.

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Carissazwar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked for Elder Helpers for the Elderly for over 2 years, and it is a terrific organization. The staff is totally dedicated to the mission and wonderful to work with.

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Lee_27

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was able to locate a helper for my mum through the elderhelpers.org service so I am very grateful to this organization. I live on the other side of the country and it was helpful to be able to find someone through the web and go through the screening and matching at a distance.

HarvardVegan

Board Member

Rating: 5

I like the multidimensional vision of C.A.R. -
(a) helping elders today,
(b) researching eldercare issues today so that future best practices in eldercare can be improved,
(c) researching today the aging process itself so that knowledge produced today can result in better understanding of aging and how aging alters human needs for individuals, communities, and populations,
(d) emphasizing the preventive knowledge (keeping your health - keeping the health that one currently has) through the translation of relevant knowledge into improved living practices so that we can live better for longer, and
(e) researching the social implications of longevity (and statistically a progressively more 'aged' population) and how societies, governments, and others can integrate that knowledge into policy formation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Elders Helpers was unbelievably rewarding. I work full-time and so I was seeking a way that I could give back to the community with flexible schedule. Staff find ways to accommodate my request. It gives me an opportunity to served the elders on my own way of helping them, though it's a small gesture from my side but I know I touch someone's lives. I will continue to volunteer my time with them as I learn to love them.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to have given to this organization as I know that its people work hard and are focused on doing good in this very important focus that is aging.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really thank Elderhelpers.org for getting volunteers to keep my lonely nana company. She is back to her old cheerful self again. I hope that this will go on for a long time. Thanks again.

Review from Guidestar

7

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I signed up to volunteer and donated the required $20. Once I did so, I tried to open the training and next step material only to find out it would not open due to "problem with the content". I tried to reply to the confirmation email only for it to be returned "undeliverable" and indicting there was no such email address. I feel completely scammed and have taken action to make sure this doesn't happen to others.

Comments ( 1 )

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HealthyYears 01/22/2013

A donation is NOT required to volunteer as clearly stated in the tips section and in our FAQs. A recent browser and PDF reader is needed to read our training material. Our email works fine: help@elderhelpers.org

Review from Guidestar

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I had 6 special needs children along with my own 2, but an elderly land was moved into a place were my mom lived, her children moved her in took everything of value and left! They never had much contact after that all the holidays, birthdays, mothers day nothing it broke our hearts. This lady was the most loving appreciating person I had ever met! She volunteered 40 hours a week in the community and even got the Governors Award.But after the first year of seeing her always alone, Our entire family took her in and had her start coming to all the special holidays, birthdays, graduations etc... She was so full of life and always happy and smiling she was just an inspiration to be around. I was a nurse and took her to her doctors appointments, her family took her car so I just did it. But one day she asked me if I would help her in a way no one else would, she knew she could talk to me about anything but this was very important, and very hard for her to ask but her falling out with her children was that she wanted to be buried with her husband and they (her family) did not want this because she and her husband was Mormon's and did not approve. Before she said anything else T told her I would grant her, her last wish no matter what it was and her last wish was to be with her husband so the day she turned 80 years old she quit her full time volunteer job and said she was ready to go be with her husband. I called hospice and made all the recommended changes took her to the hospice care facility and stayed there day & night with her. We talked about her last wish and what she all wanted for flowers and music, where she wanted her service to be and I told her not to worry about any of the financial part that I would take care of it, knowing she had no money or anything of value, deep inside I wasn't sure how I was going to pull it off but I didn't let her know that. The first day after we put her in hospice he doctor who had become a friend stopped and checked in on her and she said in a stern voice which was totally out of the ordinary for her she asked why she wasn't dead yet and that she wanted to go dance with her husband and how long was this going to take? She had been off her heart medication now for a few days and see was still alive, this was not what she wanted! She just thought she would be gone , have her wings and be dancing with her husband .. They as husband & wife were very well known, traveled and she was affiliated with Sweet Adaline,The orchestra, just about anything you can think of she did, even hosted dinner for President Roosevelt and his wife and her husband was a wonderful well know musician who played violin and she play piano they were very known is there home town!! They even started the daily new paper in that modest town of Iowa. As the second and third day went by in hospice we talked about all there travels and the so called good old days just to pass time away and to keep her mind on other things because this dieing stuff was taken way to long!!!!! One night another old friend stopped in and I had never left her side we sat up and was telling jokes until around 4am.we where all beat so we decided to get a little sleep but when I woke the next morning around 8am she was very peacefully sleeping so I thought but when I tried to wake her she couldn't talk or say anything just kinda smiled like always and laid her head back down and then I knew her time was limited very little words, just smiles once in a while, later that day I called family and friends and even her children and yes they all come even her children they didn't have much to say and #2 mom is what we called her was now fight to stay and I was not sure why. I'd seen death so many times being a nurse but this was different this loving person who so desperately wanted to die and go dancing with her husband now was fighting. She had a stroke and could not express herself with speech I had to try and figure out what she was holding out for! I asked her if it was something she wanted and yes it was I told her that I loved her she had been in the family for 20+ years but hat wasn't it. I asked about her service nope not that, then I said one of her children s name There, There was that smile bingo she wanted something from her biological children but what? After asking dozens of questions I found the fight one!!!! The one she had waited for, for over 20+ years (I LOVE YOU) that was all she wanted to hear from them and then GOD gave her the wings to fly and sour with the Angels her beloved husband. Her girls didn't offer anything and only asked about a ring she gave me to sell to help with exspences it was 3-4 generations old, but to this day I have never taken it off! I paid the 8,000.+ tab over several years and I have to say I have no regrets this wonderful person God blessed us with thought me a lot about Love , Family, and most of all is that you can always SMILE even if you cannot speech. WITH ALL THE LOVE IN MY HEART THIS ONE IS FOR MOM # 2.........

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i have never volunteered for anything i am disable and on a fixed income and use a walker and sometime electric wheelcharir. i would like to know more about your chairty so i possibilly can tell my frinds who are disable and maybe useful

8

Board Member

Rating: 5

My grandmother, in her late 70s, is currently going through chemo after having cancer removed from her breast. My grandfather has had his share of kidney & other problems and they are both getting frail. It would be nice to be able to help them live out the rest of their lives happily; and influence them on making lifestyle changes which is hard to do for their generation. This org's website is helpful in that I can show them info/links and bring awareness to this movement in which we will all be a part of one day if not yet.

10

Board Member

Rating: 5

I founded Campaign for Aging Research to help improve the quality of the years to come for everyone. Since January 2008, Campaign for Aging Research has evolved into an organization counting tens of thousands of supporters. We have 5 fantastic programs that should give us all a new perspective on life. I invite you to discover them by visiting our wonderful website: http://www.HealthyYears.org. Best, Charlie Warren