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Spanish Speaking Volunteer Visitor Needed for Local Lady

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Aging and Disability Services

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 1 person is interested
Coffee and a Chat

Do you have a few hours a week to be a companion (no personal care) to a neighbor who is legally blind. This lovely lady needs a companion to go for a walk, read a Spanish paper or magazine, discuss current events, or go out to get a coffee. These are thing she cannot do without a sighted companion. After a full life care-taking for family, she is new to this neighborhood and in need of a friend.

Today is the day to make a difference in your life and that of a neighbor. With just an hour or two per week you can be a friendly visitor, a shopping buddy or a reader for a neighbor who is legally blind.

Requirements to be a great volunteer include:

  • a desire to help others;
  • a pleasant demeanor;
  • a good reading/speaking voice;
  • average reading skills;
  • organizational or planning abilities;
  • a good driving record;
  • a clear criminal history;
  • two references
  • access to a car with proof of insurance;
  • a minimum of $50/100k liability and $5,000 of property damage coverage.

Volunteers will be matched within three to five miles of home or work but will need to make a one-time visit to BESB’s Windsor office for an interview and sighted guide training.

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About Aging and Disability Services

Location:

184 Windsor Avenue, Volunteer Positions in Most CT Towns, Windsor, CT 06095, US

Mission Statement

Maximizing opportunities for the independence and well-being of people with disabilities and older adults in Connecticut. Core Values INTEGRITY: We interact honestly and fairly with all others, adhering to strong ethics, values and principals. RESPECT: We value and recognize others for their unique skills, talents and contributions, and are considerate in all interactions. PROFESSIONALISM: We are mindful of our daily conduct and strive to have the highest work standards with a courteous attitude. OPEN COMMUNICATION: We encourage the sharing of information and knowledge in an accurate, honest and supportive way.

Description

Aging and Disability Services: Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind

Welcome to the Department of Aging and Disability Services. Our programs, policies and practices are designed to:

  • Deliver integrated aging and disability services responsive to the needs of Connecticut citizens;
  • Provide leadership on aging and disability issues statewide;
  • Provide and coordinate aging and disability programs and services in the areas of employment, education, independent living, accessibility and advocacy;
  • Advocate for the rights of Connecticut residents with disabilities and older adults; and
  • Serve as a resource on aging and disability issues at the state level.

The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind enables its clients to become more self-sufficient and to maximize their participation in the community, at school and in employment settings. It is important to note that most people who are legally blind retain a significant degree of practical vision.
Immigrants & Refugees
People with Disabilities
Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Main StNewington, CT 06111

(41.69265,-72.72153)
 

SKILLS

  • Elder care
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Spanish
  • People Skills
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Social Work

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Very flexible, make your own schedule. Be sure to do what you promise - others will help.
  • This opportunity requires a bi-lingual English/Spanish volunteer; someone available during the day would be ideal but evening and weekends will work.

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