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"The Women's Cancer Program staff and my volunteer emotionally gave me a desire to live and fight for my life. The people of Shanti were an example that even through emotional struggle, I can also be an asset to society." - Women's Cancer Program Client
Since 1974, Shanti's peer support volunteers have been providing emotional and practical support people who are living with a life threatening illness as well as LGBT isolated seniors and adults with disablities, much like you would support a friend or family member in need. If you would like to tangibly enhance the life of someone who needs it the most, we encourage you to contact us and learn more about this truly unique opportunity. As a peer support volunteer, you will:
- Go through the internationally-recognized Shanti Model of Peer Support training
- Be matched 1 on 1 with a client to whom you will provide companionship, a non-judgmental ear and light practical assistance
- Join a community of thoughtful, supportive volunteers and staff You can make an invaluable difference in the life of someone who needs it the most, and have your life changed in the process.
Shanti has several volunteer trainings each year, and the next training will be held on the following dates:
Friday, January 24th from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Saturday, January 25th from 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday, January 26th from 10:00 am-6:30 pm
If you are interested in becoming a Shanti volunteer, start by filling out an application here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4661943
If you have any questions or want more information, please contact Shanti's Volunteer Services at (415)674-4751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shanti was founded in 1974. Since its inception, Shanti has trained more than 18,000 individuals in the Bay Area and 600 organizations around the world in compassionately providing emotional and practical support to clients grappling with life-threatening illnesses & disabilities, social isolation and poverty. Recognized as the first community-based AIDS Organization in the world, Shanti serves over 2,000 of San Francisco's most vulnerable residents.
About Shanti - San Francisco
730 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, US
Shanti enhances the quality of life, health and well-being of people living with life-threatening illnesses, including Breast Cancer and HIV/AIDS.
Founded in 1974 by Dr. Charles Garfield, Shanti has been at the forefront of a growing national movement to enhance the quality of life for persons living with life-threatening or chronic illnesses by providing volunteer-based emotional and practical support.
Shanti is a Sanskrit word meaning "inner peace" or "tranquility". It is an appropriate name since, ultimately, all of Shanti's direct service and educational programs are aimed at easing the burdens and improving the well-being of people in difficult life situations.
Key to the success of Shanti's mission is the Shanti Model of Peer Support, which is both a philosophy and a set of techniques that are used throughout our work. It is a way of being with another person that frees both parties to be fully who they are and communicate their feelings to one another. It is a way of being which allows two persons to meet as equals. It is a way of relating to others that is characterized by certain values and attitudes.
Definition of Peer
We define peer as someone who is not necessarily like us in obvious ways, but is someone with whom we share a basic humanity; someone with whom we are equals. All people share universal human experiences. By virtue of this shared humanity, we are all peers. The Shanti Model of Peer Support is based on this equality.
Values Underlying the Shanti Model of Peer Support
- mutual respect
- positive regard
- empowerment of the client (the assumption that the client has the solutions to his or her own problems and does not need your advice of direction)
- genuineness (being oneself, authenticity)
- acceptance of differences (does not mean agreement, but acceptance based on respect)
- empathy (allowing oneself to feel with another person)
- intention to be of service
We'll work with your schedule.
730 Polk StreetSan Francisco, CA 94109
- Mental Health
- People Skills
- Animal Care / Handling
- Relationship Building
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 6 months for 2-6 hours weekly