Volunteer Opportunity

Give-A-Break Volunteer

Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Public Health
Category: Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment or Project Date: A minimum of three hours per week for one year. Must be at least 25 years old to apply.
Location:

Homes of families of children with special needs throughout Boulder County.

Program Summary:

The Children with Special Needs (CSN) Program assists families of children with special health care needs from birth to age 21 by:

  • Providing care coordination services for the families of infants and children who were born prematurely or have special health care needs.
  • Supporting families with a child who has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • Linking families to appropriate community resources.
  • Providing families with information relating to child health and developmental needs.
Duties and Responsibilities:

CSN’s Give-A-Break Program volunteers provide in-home care for infants and/or young children with special developmental and/or health care needs. The goal of the program is to enhance the well-being of the parents / caregivers and their ability to cope by providing time for rest and relaxation (e.g. time to take a nap, read, take a bubble bath, enjoy some sun or gardening in the yard, or a similar activity in the client’s home).
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Basic infant care, including feeding, diaper changing, and soothing the child.
  • Companionship and support for the client.
  • Supervising and playing with infants and young children ranging in age from six months to three years.
Qualifications and Requirements:

Education: High school diploma, some college preferred.
Experience: Experience working with families, especially caring for infants and young children.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must be family and people oriented and enjoy helping others.
  • Must be patient, caring, nurturing, and enjoy working with babies and young children.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 25 lbs.
  • Ability to stand for longer periods of time to calm fussy babies.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be at least 25 years of age.
  • Must have current basic first aid and infant CPR training/certification.
  • Must have own vehicle for transportation, current automobile insurance, a valid driver’s license, and a driving record in good standing.
  • Must submit immunization history form and immunization documentation. Some immunizations and/or TB tests may be required (at the expense of BCPH), and volunteer must comply with these requirements prior to start date.
  • Universal precautions and TB training will be provided by the BCPH employee infection control nurse before the volunteer may begin.
Training Dates and Information:

Orientation and training will be provided by the Give-A-Break volunteer coordinator and the CSN Program nursing staff prior to the volunteer’s start as an in-home Give-A-Break volunteer.

Additional Information:

Benefits Gained:

  • Flexible work schedule.
  • Work with a great staff committed to the work of the CSN Program and the well-being of their clients.
  • Gain an understanding of the role of public health in the community.
  • Make a difference in the lives of Boulder County’s families and their special needs children.
Contact:

BCPH Volunteer/Intern Services Program
3450 Broadway
Boulder CO 80304
Phone: 303-441-1163
Email: healthvs@bouldercounty.org

Application Process:

Submit an application online.