Help seniors remain independent in their own homes


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Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

1715 Sumneytown Pike, Suite 203ABox 1197Kulpsville, PA 19443


About

Family Services’ Project HEARTH (Helping Elderly Adults Remain in Their Homes) is in need of dedicated volunteers to work with seniors living in the greater North Penn area. Created in 1994, Family Services’ Project HEARTH links elderly adults who are healthy enough to live in their own homes with special support services that help them to remain independent.

Volunteers must enjoy working with seniors and will offer compassion and companionship, as well as handyman chore services for minor home repairs and transportation services. Individual and group volunteer opportunities are available during the day, evening and on weekends. Volunteer drivers must have a valid driver’s license and insurance.

Volunteer Descriptions:

Driver Escort: Helps seniors who are not able to drive any longer. Volunteer drivers use their own car to take seniors to and from medical appointments, grocer stores and/or to run errands. Volunteers are not reimbursed for mileage, but can track it for tax purposes. Our volunteers can choose which appointments to assist with based on their schedule and availability.

Errands: Run errands for seniors who are partially homebound. Volunteer would use their own car to take seniors to and from medical appointments, grocer stores and/or to run errands. Volunteers are not reimbursed for mileage, but can track it for tax purposes. Our volunteers can choose which appointments to assist with based on their schedule and availability.

Friendly Visitor: Provide support and companionship to homebound seniors. Volunteers can share experiences, play games, listen to some interesting stories, share a laugh, read, socialize and enjoy each other's company. Our volunteers can choose which appointments to assist with based on their schedule and availability.

Correspondence: Help seniors with their paperwork (Ex. paying bills, writing letters, organizing paperwork, filling out applications, etc.). These activities take place at the senior's home at a time that is convenient for both parties and based on their schedule and availability.

Handyman: Volunteers who enjoy do-it-yourself projects can provide some hands-on work for frail seniors. This can be very rewarding to those who can perform minor repairs around the home. These projects can be as simple as changing a light bulb or batteries in smoke detectors to painting, minor plumbing, light carpentry, etc. Seniors are responsible for providing the materials for the project; although a volunteer may purchase the materials for the project with the senior's money. Volunteers can choose the projects they feel most comfortable with. Projects are completed based on the volunteer's schedule and availability.

Telephone Reassurance: A volunteer would call a senior to check in on them and provide friendly conversation from the comfort of their own home. These calls can be made daily or can be made a couple times a month depending on the availability of the volunteer and needs of the senior. Calls would be made Monday-Friday, and based on an agreed upon time between volunteer and senior.

Cleaning/Laundry: Assist with cleaning, laundry or other chores around the home. Our volunteers can choose to assist with chores based on their schedule and availability.

Yardwork: Provide some socialization for frail seniors while assisting in beautifying and cleaning up their homes from the inside and outside. Projects can include weeding, trimming bushes/trees, raking leaves, and mowing the lawn. Volunteers can choose the projects they feel most comfortable with and can complete the work based on their schedule and availability.

Administrative Office Work: Assist with phone calls, paperwork, and basic office support. The work includes sending birthday cards to clients, creating new client and volunteer files, updating client and volunteer files, conducting satisfaction surveys, and other program related support. Volunteers would assist in either the Pottstown office, or the North Penn office. The hours are somewhat flexible, but the preference would be to have a regular schedule like once a week.

For more information on volunteering with Project HEARTH, please contact Shirley Petko at 215-368-0985 ext. 402 or spetko@fsmontco.org.

Skills

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
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