DO YOU HAVE WEEKEND OR EVENING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES? No – we are not open on the weekends. Our Day Program is open Monday – Friday from 7:30am-6pm.
DO YOU REQUIRE A MINIMUM TIME COMMITMENT TO VOLUNTEER?
No – we want to provide opportunities that work with your schedule. However, the most beneficial volunteer experience for both Amazing Place and the volunteer is a repeat assignment at specific intervals (weekly, bimonthly, monthly). This allows meaningful relationships to be formed between volunteers, participants and staff.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL VOLUNTEER SHIFT? We usually schedule volunteers in shifts from 2-3 hours. In our Day Program, we have shifts from 7:30am-9:30am, 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm and 4pm-6pm. Our front desk shifts are typically from 11am-12pm and 4pm-6pm. Volunteers who help in the kitchen typically work from 9-9:30am until 12:30-1pm. Bible Study Leaders and Art Teachers typically dedicate an hour and a half to include set up and clean up.
DO YOU REQUIRE ANY TYPE OF TRAINING? Yes – prior to volunteering, our volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation where we provide extensive training on dementia, and strategies for interacting with our participants, HIPPA and emergencies. Our training also includes information on our history and mission, how we operate, our philosophy of care, volunteer guidelines, online scheduling through our volunteer portal, and any necessary training specific to your volunteer assignment.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE TRAINING?
Volunteer Orientations are typically scheduled once a month and last two hours. They are usually scheduled from 10am-12pm and the dates can typically be found on our calendar. You must sign up ahead of time to attend a specific training. Certain dates get cancelled or rescheduled and we need to be able to let you know. We will work with you to schedule a training if you are unable to attend the next couple scheduled training dates.
DO YOU HAVE GROUP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES?
We welcome entertainment groups of all kinds. Our participants are a very friendly, attentive and appreciative audience. Because of the nature of dementia, we typically cannot offer large group volunteer opportunities other than entertainment. In addition, the training requirements for interacting with our participants make one-time group opportunities challenging.
DO YOU HAVE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS?
We do! Check out our STARS Program page for more information.
WHAT ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR?
Managing volunteering with school schedules can be difficult which is why we concentrate on student volunteers during the summer break. Many of our STARS, once trained, continue volunteering throughout the next school year on school breaks or late afternoons after school.
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