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The Food Security Volunteer for Elder Services is responsible for working with an assigned client who is a homebound elder living in South Boston Senior Housing located on L Street. Catholic Charities is working with a local food pantry to provide groceries on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Pick up from pantry is 11:30AM. The volunteer will (pick up and) deliver of a bag of groceries on a monthly basis and assist his/her assigned client with unpacking and putting away groceries. Volunteer would be having a conversation and spending approximately 20-30 minutes with the client during the delivery and unpacking process. The position requires a monthly commitment of at least 6 months.
Establish/maintain relationship with assigned client
Be able to deliver groceries to a homebound elder on a monthly basis
Establish appropriate boundaries with client
Attend occasional trainings
Ability to clearly communicate with and provide feedback to Director
Demonstrate professionalism and a positive attitude when working with client
Will require lifting grocery bag(s) of approximately 20 lbs.
Must maintain confidential information in a professional manner at all times
Ability to work with people from all walks of life in a caring non-judgmental way
Experience with working with elders
Comfortable interacting with people on a one-on-one basis
Ability to lift, push or pull 20 lbs of groceries
Ability to speak another language (Spanish or Albanian) in addition to English is helpful but not required
Food Delivery / Distribution
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
Must be at least 21
Orientation or Training
1 hour monthly; preferably for 6 months
Must be available Wednesdays; ability to travel to L Street Senior Housing