Cause Areas

When

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

Where

1800 Chicago AveAll over metro areaMinneapolis, MN 55404

About

Purpose: To spend time with a vulnerable client who is in need of companionship

Responsibilities:

  • To provide friendship and companionship
  • To share activities and/or outings that enhance client’s life
  • To be a listening friend as the client reconciles her/his life situation
  • To monitor the client’s well-being and ability to live independently
  • To note and report any changes or concerns to the assigned staff person
  • To support the client in learning/using beneficial community resources
  • To encourage self-reliance and recreational, spiritual, cultural, community and multigenerational involvement with others

Requirements: The volunteer must be reliable, patient, willing to establish a healthy relationship with a client, have good listening skills, have a valid MN drivers license and a good driving record or able to have public transportation.

A volunteer must complete the online application, interview and orientation process, provide 2 references, agree to department policies including data privacy and confidentiality, pass a criminal background check, and attend training.

Time Commitment: Meet with a client approximately once a week for a minimum of 2 hours per meeting. A minimum commitment of 12 months is requested. Volunteer must schedule these meetings in advance with supervisor as well as with client's conservator.

Location:Visits may take place in the client’s home, a medical facility or out in to the community. All clients live withinHennepinCounty.

Benefits:

  • Enhanced quality of life by establishing meaningful and healthy relationships withe a community member who is a client of our department
  • Opportunity to learn new skills and improve existing skills
  • Access to specialized training at no cost
  • Mileage reimbursement for visits and outings
  • Letters of recommendation can be provided upon request

Skills

  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Approx 2 hrs a week for 12 months
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