The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Male volunteers are needed to assist people with HIV/AIDS ... Due to an overwhelming response of women to our call for volunteers, we enjoy an overabundance of female volunteers in our program. Our current need, however, is for male volunteers to serve as ActionAIDS Buddy Volunteers.
Buddy Volunteers provide HIV people with limited practical and emotional support - along with care, compassion, and a listening ear. A smile, a kind word, and a positive attitude can be invaluable to someone living with this disease. Buddies provide these and other supports. As well, Buddies receive training prior to their volunteer work and on-going support during their volunteer experience. Buddies visit their client 1-2 times per month and call their client once or twice a week. They also attend a monthly meeting along with other Buddy Volunteers for support and supervision. A one year commitment is requested for this volunteer position.
ActionAIDS is the largest AIDS-service agency in the state of Pennsylvania. We possess the ONLY Buddy Program of this type in Philadelphia assisting people living with HIV. We have about 200 buddies in our program - all of whom are diverse in in terms of age, race, ethnicity, spiritual and/or political ideology, sexual orientation, HIV status, gender, and socioeconomic level ... Come join us in a uniquely fulfilling experience... and meet terrific people - clients, staff, and other volunteers - in the process!
The first step is attending a New Volunteer Orientation. We hold these orientations monthly in the evening at our center city office. Contact Jay Johnson, ActionAIDS Volunteer Coordinator, at 215-981-3324, or via email at ejohnson @actionaids.org for information, questions, and/or to pre-register. Family and/or friends who are also interested may attend as well! Attendance at an orientation in no way obligates an individual to volunteer. There are several subsequent steps following orientation, including a 4-evening training.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and out of high school and with no history of criminal activity and/or child abuse. (ActionAIDS runs - and pays for - these checks on all potential volunteers.) Thank you!