Orange County SALT Program: Keeping Communities Connected
Twice per month, volunteers and staff from Orange County’s SALT program—Seniors and Lawmen Together—gather to share stories, concerns, and to problem solve about older adults aging in their Orange County community. The group of Orange County 25 or so resident volunteers visit over 200, often isolated, older adults in Orange County each week. Many of the people they visit have limited mobility and resources, and live in rural parts of Orange County where services are more difficult to access and visitors and neighbors may be few and far between.
The SALT program is supported by the Orange County Department on Aging and the Sheriff’s Office. Archie Daniel, semi-retired Captain, provides leadership to SALT. Volunteer members include a retired pharmacist, several retired public sector employees, retired nurses, local handymen, and many others. When the group of volunteers gathers to share stories and problem-solve for the needs of the residents that they visit each week, amazing things happen. In addition to building community through friendly visits, the group connects them with appropriate community resources, identifies accessibility and safety changes that can be made to the homes of the residents they visit, and organizes labor to ensure residents get the changes they need to stay safe and comfortable at home.
The work that SALT volunteers do is a shining example of what it means to be part of a community. These unsung heroes are quietly doing the work that makes Orange County a great place to live for people of all ages and circumstances. To learn more about the SALT program and other volunteer opportunities in Orange County dedicated to improving quality of life for older adults, click here.