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About: Bridges Community Support Services

Bridges Community Support Services is a non-profit organization which is working with at-risk youth that are diagnosed with mental health at the early intervention stage, in order to decrease suicide attempts and hospitalization, as well as being placed in residential facilities. BCSS provides mentorship, counseling, group outings, socialization and target case management for the family.

BCSS hosts youth group meetings, held at the office, on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, from 3-6PM. The organization is recruiting for volunteer tutors and mentors. The tutors' responsibilities would be to assist the teens that have homework. Also, volunteers can assist on any field trips, if they so choose.

Bridges Community Support Services was founded in 2014 as a solution to the desperate need for services in the mental health/ homeless community. They are committed to mental health wellness, including target case management counseling, psychosocial rehabilitation and peer support. They also respond to the basic needs of the target population, which includes the provision of respect and dignity, followed by food, clothing and housing. They are in need of positive and friendly volunteers who want to make a difference in both the lives of individuals and families.

BCSS provides the necessary training for each volunteer position. VCI's part in this opportunity is to provide volunteers who are 55+ with a (free) comprehensive benefits package (inclusive of accident, personal liability and automobile liability insurance, a life Insurance benefit, free workshops and more) during the hours that you volunteer! Please contact the RSVP Manager over Orange County for more information: 407-298-4180, x 113 / rsvp.orange@vcifl.org .

RSVP, a part of Senior Corps, is America's largest volunteer network for people 55 and over. With more than 300,000 volunteers tackling tough issues in communities nationwide, RSVP shows how you can apply the skills and wisdom you have acquired throughout your life to make a positive difference in the lives of others. RSVP is federally funded by the Corporation of National and Community Service.

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Location:

3545 Lake Breeze Dr., Orlando, FL 32808, US

Mission Statement

Our mission: "Improving Lives Through Volunteerism."

Description

We are the leading organization for senior volunteerism in the greater Central Florida area, serving Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. Just last year, 1,186 caring adult volunteers gave 438,683 hours of service. That is more than $9.5 million dollars worth of volunteer service being poured back into our communities.

Previously known as Florida Senior Programs, VCI has been the sponsoring agency for the REtired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Foster Grandparent Programs since 1977. Our 36 year presence has proven our aptitude for providing meaningful and impactful volunteer experiences.

VCI provides membership benefits and support to volunteers aged 55+, at no cost to the volunteers or their volunteer stations. Just a few of the benefits of membership include: Supplemental insurance while volunteering, a dedicated coordinator, and matching to find the perfect position to fit the interest of the volunteer.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

5222 Andrus AveSuite COrlando, FL 32810

(28.60652,-81.40305)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Mental Health
  • Problem Solving
  • Tutoring

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies, but 1-2 hours per week
  • Must have transportation to and from the facility.

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