Respite & Companion Volunteer
|Opportunity Type:||Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity|
|Category:||Human Services and Public Health|
|Time Commitment or Project Date:||Approximately 2 hrs/week for a minimal six month commitment. PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers must be at least 21 years old.|
Locations throughout the county; volunteer may specify area of service.
Volunteers, once trained, are paired one-on-one with frail elder citizens who either live alone or with a family caregiver. During weekly two-hour visits, they provide friendship, reassurance and companion level assistance with activities such as conversation, reading, shopping and social outings. No hands-on care required. If the older adult lives with a caregiver, these visits enable that person to take a much-needed break (respite).
To see the program in action, check out this 3 minute video.
|Duties and Responsibilities:||
Successful completion of 3 hour training; on-going weekly visits with an elder, and a minimal 6 month commitment.
|Qualifications and Requirements:||
Men and women 21 years and up who are compassionate, open-minded, and interested in spending time with an older adult; will submit to a background check, and can make a 6- month commitment. Must be at least 21 to apply.
|Training Dates and Information:||
Trainings are held about every 7 weeks throughout the year in alternating locations within the county.