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Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Community Services for Aging
Wilder's Community Services for Aging operates several community-based programs for older adults and their families.

Wilder Foundation provides Customized Living Services to residents who live in two Saint Paul Public Housing apartment buildings: Hamline Hi-Rise and Ravoux Hi-Rise. These personalized services support adults with daily-living personal and health care to live independently and to prevent or delay the need to move into a nursing home. As a result of the pandemic, people are more isolated than ever, and weekly Customized Living activities are designed to remove barriers of isolation and loneliness. Wilder organizes various 8 to 10-week activity series throughout the calendar year to keep residents engaged in musical and artistic programming. You can help enrich the lives of our Customized Living residents by supporting musical and/or artistic activities each week and increase participation. The volunteer(s) in this role can choose to volunteer at both Hamline and Ravoux Hi-rises or pick one. Join us and make a big difference in the lives of local seniors and adults with disabilities!

Responsibilities:

  • Call or visit clients to remind them activities programming is starting
  • Escort clients to the activity space
  • Assist residents with activities and participate in programming, especially with hands-on art projects
  • Help foster a welcoming environment by engaging in conversation with clients
  • Report any client concerns or observations to your volunteer supervisor
Qualifications Needed:
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be comfortable interacting with and assisting people of varying ages, abilities, economic, social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Must have understanding and patience with clients that present with mental health concerns.
  • Ability to meet the time commitments outlined.
  • Ability to meet Wilder Foundation’s guidelines for acceptable background check.
  • Must complete a Mantoux test.

Behavioral Expectations:

  • Committed to following all COVID-19 guidelines (masks are required onsite)
  • Adhere to all rules, policies and procedures of Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • Highly respectful of confidentiality
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills to build rapport with clients
  • Helpful demeanor and friendly
  • Dependable and punctual

Benefits to Volunteering:

  • Build relationships with Customized Living clients and staff.
  • Have a direct impact on your local community members by welcoming them to our activities and ensuring they have a beneficial experience.
Schedule and Locations:
  • Work site: Hamline Hi-Rise at 777 Hamline Ave. N., St Paul, MN 55104
    • Total time requirement: Minimum 8-week commitment through the activity series.
    • Project start date: December 2021
    • Day of the week: Tuesdays. Programming runs November 30 to January 18 on Tuesdays, except Dec. 7 to 8 & January 4 to 5; no class on December 21.
    • Shift time: 12:30pm to 2:15pm (programming from 1-2pm)
  • Work site: Ravoux Hi-Rise at 280 Ravoux St., St Paul, MN 55103
    • Total time requirement: Minimum 8-week commitment through the activity series.
    • Project start date/days: January 6, 2022 for Thursdays and/or January 25, 2022 for Tuesdays
    • Shift time: 12:30pm to 2:15pm (programming from 1-2pm)

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.

Community
People with Disabilities
Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Hamline and/or Ravoux Hi-Rise777 Hamline Ave. N. or 280 Ravoux St.Saint Paul, MN 55104

(44.9647,-93.15778)
 

SKILLS

  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Service
  • Organization
  • People Skills

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 8-week commitment through the activity series. One 1.75 hour shift per week on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Upcoming start dates in December and January.

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