“Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time;
they just have the heart.”
— Elizabeth Andrew
Volunteers are key to the mission of the North Shore Area Partners. These individuals help neighborhood seniors maintain their independence by generously giving of their time in a variety of ways.
There are seven types of volunteers:
- Friendly Visitors/Callers
- Respite Caregivers
- Chore Person
- Special Projects
The volunteer is assigned and supervised by the Volunteer Services Coordinator, Chuckie Knudson. They attend orientation and receive ongoing training. The volunteer completes appropriate paperwork including a background check. The volunteer may be matched with a specific program participant on a regular basis or may be an occasional volunteer available on an as needed basis. State law requires automobile owners’ liability insurance. Liability coverage is provided for all volunteers.
Types of Volunteers
Driver: The Volunteer Driver provides a safe vehicle and rides for the participant to and from appointments for health services, social services or activities or shopping. The volunteer driver assures that the participant is safely transported and delivered from the pick-up site to the appointment, into or out of the building. The volunteer may or may not be asked to provide a round trip for the participant. Drivers must be at least 18 years of age., provide documentation of a valid driving license and insurance verification.
Friendly Visitors/Callers: The volunteer spends time with the participant building a relationship providing companionship through conversations and visits. The Friendly Visitor may also assist the participant in paying bills, writing letters, playing games, reading, watching television or go on outings. A Friendly Caller provides telephone reassurance.
Respite Caregivers: A Respite Caregiver provides the primary caregiver with a break in care giving for any length of time up to 4 hours. Respite Caregivers require more intensive training and must be willing to commit to ongoing training.
- Light Housekeeping: The volunteer provides light household duties as requested by the participant or caregiver, which may include cleaning, vacuuming, dusting, tidying, laundry etc. The participant furnishes cleaning supplies.
- Meal Preparation: The volunteer prepares meals for the participant either at the participants’ home or their own home. The participant may or may not supply ingredients.
- Yard Work: The volunteer performs light yard maintenance like mowing, raking leaves, spring or fall clean up.
- Snow Shoveler: The volunteer performs snow removal for the participant upon request. The volunteer must use a snow shovel and may not operate the participant’s snow removal equipment.
Special Projects Volunteers:
A Special Projects Volunteer is available for part of or the duration of a special project which may include an educational partnership, seasonal events, translating, offering an informative or educational class in an area in which the volunteer has some expertise, assisting staff or organizing a social event.
A Governance Volunteer serves on the board.
An Administrative Volunteer may serve on a committee, assist in the office, be involved in promoting the LAH, or assist with mailings.
Volunteer Application Forms