Volunteering with our enterprise offers the opportunity to share your time and talents, enhance the quality of life for our residents and learn more about yourself, others and the community around you.
Who can volunteer?
Our volunteers must be at least 12 years old and possess a cheerful disposition and a sincere desire to enhance the quality of life for our residents.
What do volunteers do?
Volunteers spend time that enhances the quality of life for our residents in areas such as: one-on-one visits, assisting with group activities, transporting for therapy, sharing a hobby or talent, taking day trips, playing games and much more.
How do I get started?
An interview is scheduled by calling the facility at which you wish to volunteer. The interview will take place at that facility. At the interview, an application is filled out and you will discuss your particular volunteer interests. The purpose of the interview is to get acquainted and to discover your skills, abilities and preferences in relation to the needs of our residents. In addition, all volunteers will receive a general orientation to the facility, its procedures and safety precautions before starting their service.
For those 19 and older, we offer the Adult Volunteer program. There are no minimum hour requirements, and your schedule can be as flexible as you are. Our residents truly enjoy and appreciate the time our volunteers spend with them. Your service is a priceless gift!
Designed for students 16-18 years of age. This program offers flexible hours to accommodate a variety of schedules. Most schools require volunteer service for health and government classes. We have many areas for you to volunteer in order to meet school requirements. Evenings and weekends are also available.
Students 12-15 years old may be enrolled in our Volunteer-in-Training program. While this program is similar to our Junior Volunteer program, these students will not be doing “hands on” service. Students can become junior volunteers upon their 16th birthday.
Our facilities offer Internship and Service Learning Opportunities for students looking to gain experience in the health care field. You must be at least 16 years of age to participate. An individual can take part in an internship for educational/vocational credit or non-credit.
To ensure the safety and physical well-being of our residents/patients, staff, and volunteers, the New York State Health Code requires the following for those who are 16 or older and volunteer 20 or more hours per week:
- Physical examination and medical history
- Tuberculosis skin test (PPD) for those over age 16
- Proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
This sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t!
The physical examination, PPD and MMR can be done at the same time and require only a few minutes. If you choose to have these done at one of our facilities, we will assume the cost. In addition, for everyone’s safety, a background check will be performed on each individual interested in volunteering.