15 people are interested
Compassionate Contact Corps (Training Scheduled 1/26/2022)
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15 people are interested
In response to today's restrictions, stay at home orders, and quarantine environment, the Center for Development and Civic Engagement (formerly VA Voluntary Service (VAVS)) has developed and implemented a new social prescription program called the Compassionate Contact Corps (CCC).
CCC is a tele-support program to benefit Veterans who are lonely, socially isolated or would simply like to talk to someone regularly. Trained CCC volunteers provide support by making periodic phone or video calls. Veterans and volunteers will be matched based on mutual interests.
All Compassionate Contact Corps volunteers will be required to complete a formal training session. CCC volunteers will report volunteer hours to the CCC Program Coordinator.
10 Benefits of the Compassionate Contact Corps
- Something to look forward to, feel valued and appreciated, reduces feeling of isolation resulting in improved mental health.
- Support for family caregivers - reducing caregiver burden.
- Volunteer/Veteran can be anywhere - connect with the most geographically isolated Veterans.
- Veterans' share stories, concerns, as well as needs and desires with the volunteer visitor.
- Volunteer visitors provide support which helps Veteran remain as independent as possible for as long as possible
- Volunteer can facilitate communication with VA Care Team and others relaying accurate information and reducing misunderstandings.
- Volunteers receive training and information about local resources and community services - ensuring the Veteran is connected with appropriate resources.
- Volunteer recognizes changes and other nuances that may be early indicators of a new issue or worsening of an existing issue, ensuring early treatment and intervention.
- All of the above enhances the Veteran's health with a reduction in overall healthcare costs, clinician time, ED visits, and hospital stays.
- Veteran is more likely to stay on topic and appointments can be more productive if the Veteran has another platform to reminisce and socialize.
- Volunteer must pass a background check and other onboarding requirements, plus additional training.
- Volunteer is engaging, a good listener, friendly, empathetic, compassionate and nonjudgmental, reliable, trustworthy, and considerate.
- Volunteer makes a longer volunteer commitment (1 year) as Veteran and volunteer will build friendship and be a constant in the Veteran's world.
- Must have a reliable phone/tablet/PC and a quiet private space for each tele-visit.
- Good understanding and ability to adhere to program boundaries.
- Volunteer must be in good physical health and cognitively intact.
About PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom VA Clinic
3141 Centennial Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907, US
To fulfill President Lincoln's promise: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
The PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom VA Clinic offers volunteers the opportunity to serve those who have served.
Each year, over 75,000 VA Voluntary Service (VAVS) volunteers nationwide give more than 11 million hours in service to America's Veterans. It is impossible to calculate the amount of caring and sharing that these VAVS volunteers provide to Veteran patients and families. VAVS volunteers are a priceless asset to the Nation's Veterans and to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Founded in 1946 to provide for our nation's Veterans while they are cared for by VA health care facilities. VAVS is one of the largest centralized volunteer program in the Federal government. More than 7,400 national and community organizations support the program. Volunteers have provided over 760 million hours of service since 1946.
Join the VAVS family and make a difference in the lives of America's heroes!
This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.
December 28, 2021
- People Skills
- Verbal / Written Communication
- People 55+
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training
- 30 - 60 minutes per Veteran on a weekly basis. Recurring tele-visits can be coordinated between volunteer/Veteran.
- Virtual Training Scheduled via Microsoft Teams on January 26th, 2022 (1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.).