Someone should really do something to help...and that can be you. If you are a good listener, are willing to shop, drive, sort mail or read; or if you have a bit of interest in advocacy on behalf of others, the Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman have volunteer opportunities for you. You can work directly with a senior who is blind in their home, assisting with reading, sorting mail, shopping and so on.
Or, you can volunteer in a long-term care facility to assist residents in identifying and solving issues before they become problems, organizing family councils and encouraging interaction among residents and between residents.
One stop shopping can introduce you to the volunteer opportunity that is right for you.
Requirements to be a great volunteer include:
* a desire to help others;
* a pleasant demeanor;
* a good reading/speaking voice;
* average reading skills;
* organizational or planning abilities;
* a good driving record;
* a clear criminal history;
* two references;
* access to a car with proof of insurance;
* a minimum of $50/100k liability and $5,000 of property damage coverage;
* Time requirements are flexible based on the opportunity you select.