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ORGANIZATION: 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.

With your help, we can provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment for older adults and people with memory-loss disorders. As an Enrichment Volunteer, you will play an important role helping participants experience engaging, enjoyable activities. Sharing your specialized skills, you will prepare plans that are appropriate for our participants and then lead the activity with our group. We can't wait to hear what you'd like to lead - crafts, music, exercise, and more!

Wilder Connect programming is designed to give caregivers a much needed break, and we provide stimulating and enjoyable activities. Anyone who is familiar with memory-loss disorders and has a talent or interest they want to share can provide this beneficial programming. You can give back and have fun interacting with our participants through one-time or recurring instruction. Join us and make a big difference in the lives of local adults and caregivers!

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare content prior to your volunteer shift each week and connect with your supervisors as needed
  • Provide a brief interactive lesson utilizing your background and interests, such as arts & crafts, time with a therapy animal, or presenting about special topics, such as nutrition, gardening, nature, elder scams, etc.
  • Assist participants during the activity, if applicable
  • Help set up and cleanup activities, if applicable
  • Foster a welcoming environment by engaging in conversation with participants
  • Report any participant concerns or observations to your volunteer supervisor
Qualifications Needed:
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Ability to interact with and assist people of varying backgrounds, cultures and identities, including race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, ability, gender, etc.
  • Complete a criminal background check.
  • Complete a Mantoux test.
  • Complete required online training about supporting adults with memory loss.
  • Experience teaching or presenting helpful but not required.
  • Experience in specialized area to share with participants, such as art, yoga or other area.
  • Committed to following all COVID-19 guidelines (masks are required onsite).
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills to build rapport with participants.
  • Dependable and punctual.
  • Able to listen and carefully follow directions.

Benefits to Volunteering:

  • Build relationships with Wilder Connect participants and staff.
  • Support our staff by providing supplemental content for their programming.

Learn More:

  • Contact Volunteer Services at volunteers@wilder.org or call 651-280-2460 for more information.

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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.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Health & Medicine
Seniors
Community, Health & Medicine, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

941 Lafond Ave.St Paul, MN 55104

(44.96097,-93.13992)
 

SKILLS

  • Elder care
  • Massage Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Singing
  • Dance / Aerobics
  • Fitness Instruction

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Monday through Thursday options between 1:00-4:00pm – 30 to 60 minutes generally recommended for activities. You can volunteer one time or on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

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