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Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

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You can have a big impact on the lives of Wilder's Center for Social Healing clients! This volunteer role is crucial to help increase our Hmong-group clients’ access to services. As a result of the pandemic, people are even more isolated, and clients are eager to return to programming and be in community with one another. However, because of COVID-19, we must limit the number of individuals we can transport via our vans, which restricts who can attend programming each week. As a Driver and Program-Support Volunteer, you will increase client access to services while keeping them safe. In addition, your volunteer support will be a big help for our Center for Social Healing staff. They are a small but mighty team, and additional hands are always welcome to pitch in.

Utilize your top-notch people skills as you greet clients in our Hmong group, safely drive them to and from our center, engage in programming, and provide additional program support. Your volunteer time will provide an extra touch to show clients that someone cares, and your conversations with them will enrich their experience. Join our incredible team for this impactful volunteer role each Thursday!

Responsibilities:

  • Utilize your own vehicle to transport clients from their homes to the center and bring home after programming
  • Follow your designated route to pick up clients each week (generally 4-5 clients)
  • Help foster a welcoming environment by engaging in conversation with clients during the car ride and onsite
  • Stay and participate with our Hmong group and provide facilitator support
  • Assist with meal preparation if interested and willing

Qualifications needed:

  • Preference for a volunteer who speaks Hmong (proficiency not required, but conversational abilities helpful).
  • Must be 25 years of age or older.
  • Must have at least 3 years of driving experience and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Must maintain automobile insurance with a minimum coverage limit of $100,000 bodily injury coverage for one person, $300,000 bodily injury coverage for all persons involved, and $100,000 in property damage coverage.
  • Must be comfortable interacting with and assisting people of varying ages, abilities, economic, social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Must complete a Mantoux test.
Schedule:
  • Total time requirement: Minimum 3-month commitment
  • Day of the week: Thursdays
  • Time of the day: 8:30am to 3:30pm for a full shift, or can be split into 2 roles if desired. Client pickup will occur from 8:30 to 10:00am. Group runs from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Client drop-off back home will take place from 2:00 to 3:30pm. If splitting the role, one volunteer would complete pickup and another volunteer could complete drop-off. Participating in programming is optional, so a volunteer could stay for part of or the full 4 hours.

Learn more:

  • Contact Volunteer Services at volunteers@wilder.org or call 651-280-2460 for more information about the role and the volunteer application process.

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About Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Location:

451 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN 55104, US

Mission Statement

To promote the social welfare of persons resident or located in the greater Saint Paul metropolitan area by all appropriate means, including:

• relief of the poor
• care of the sick and aged
• care and nurture of children
• aid of the disadvantaged and otherwise needy
• promotion of physical and mental health
• support of rehabilitation and corrections
• provision of needed housing and social services
• operation of residences and facilities for the aged, the infirm and those requiring special care

and in general the conservation of human resources by the provision of human services responsive to the welfare needs of the community, all without regard to, or discrimination on account of, nationality, sex, color, religious scruples or prejudices.

Description

The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is a nonprofit health and human services organization that has served the greater Saint Paul, MN area since 1906. Wilder is not a grant-making foundation, but a public charity as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Foundation operates more than 70 programs and services that help children succeed in school, older adults remain independent, troubled youth create healthy futures, and individuals and families maintain long-term housing. Wilder leadership programs work to nurture and build the skills of emerging community leaders and to renew the energy and commitment of experienced leaders. Wilder Research is one of the nation's largest nonprofit research and evaluation centers dedicated to the field of human services.

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WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

935 Lafond Ave.Center for Social HealingSt. Paul, MN 55104

(44.96062,-93.13988)
 

SKILLS

  • Customer Service
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 3-month commitment. Each Thursday from 8:30am to 3:30pm for full shift or can be split. Client pickup from 8:30-10:00am. Group from 10:00am-2:00pm (optional to participate). Client drop-off from 2:00-3:30pm.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license and auto insurance.

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