Volunteer Opportunity

Give-A-Break Volunteer

Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
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:

Description of Work:
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 a flexible schedule, Monday through Friday, in order to meet client need.
• 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 agree to and successfully pass background checks (at the expense of BCPH).
• 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:

Training and Orientation:
• 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.