Interlink Volunteers make a difference to many residents in the Valley

Interlink Volunteers make a difference to many residents in the Valley »Play Video
The Interlink Volunteers serve Asotin and Nez Perce County.
CLARKSTON, WA - For 28 years Interlink Volunteers have helped elderly citizens in the community live as independently as possible.

"We believe and we know it to be true," said Interlink Executive Director Ray Rosch. "That to live independently in your home is the best way for people to have a good life."

Friday is a day like any other. Rosch is taking passenger Joanie Jones to see her friend. Jones cannot drive on her own because of a condition that's impaired her sight. Which is why the 30 volunteers that donate their time and resources to the community means so much to her.

"It's wonderful because for people like myself, my age and older," said Jones. "It provides independence for whatever issues we have so that we cannot drive or cannot get to our doctor's appointments or our dentists appointments or whatever that comes up."

"Whatever it takes for them to feel like they still have a car available," said Rosch. "Because the people that we drive do not have the ability to drive."

The Interlink Volunteers serve Asotin and Nez Perce County. Rosch said they help out the elderly community in any way they can. In the past, they've built wheelchair ramps, railings, have helped people move and they even take people to Spokane.

The group is funded by donations, grants and through the generosity of businesses and churches in the area. They'll accept donations from their passengers but never ask for any money.

"For me the blessing is getting to know so many people," said Rosch. "Listening to their stories and getting to know people to the point of they will trust our volunteers with just about anything they have in their life."

Rosch said if they get a request they just can't help out with, they have connections in the community that they utilize. He said no task is too big for his volunteers and the community.

"I can't say enough," said Jones. "They're wonderful to you and they make you feel that you're not a burden that it's just a regular business day and it's their job and they're happy to do it."

Rosch works for Interlink Volunteers as a full time job and said it took him 42 years of working to finally realize this is the job for him.

"You just don't know what people are capable of doing when they're doing good for somebody else," said Rosch.

Rosch will take Jones back home, before he's off to his next appointment.

For more information about how to donate or be involved with the Interlink Volunteers, go to http://www.interlinkvolunteers.org/.