The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'" -Matthew 25:40
As communities start to allow more visitors, we have begun reintroducing volunteers. This looks different at each community. If you have a connection with a community already, please reach out to the Volunteer Director. If you do not have a connection to a particular community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Want to help meet urgent community needs this summer? Join us at Presbyterian Homes and Services as part of the AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative. Serve 35 hours a week and receive a stipend, health insurance and an additional $1,311 for student loans or tuition! Positions begin in June and go through mid-August, and applications are due by May 19, 2021. Visit bit.ly/eri2021 to learn more and apply.
Serve within a community
Volunteers serving at all of our communities are required to adhere to all of our policies and procedures, including infection control protocols. Currently permitting groups of 5 volunteers or less. Volunteer opportunities vary by location and some opportunities may only be available to individuals at this point in time. Opportunities may include:
STEP Force: (small group opportunity)
Help residents get from Point A to Point B by propelling their wheelchair. Specifically may be a need for Chapel escorts.
Become a visitor and friend to a resident seeking social connection.
Help with garden and building maintenance. Assist staff in hosting virtual visits between residents and their loved ones. Operate movies.
Assist in leading activities; help residents participate in activities that may be difficult for them to do independently, perform basic manicures, and more.
Serve from wherever you are
Create Seasonal Craft Kits
The assembly of Craft Kits is very helpful to staff as they dedicate their time to enriching the lives of older adults in new and creative ways. Volunteers choose a craft they would like to complete and make kits for one, or several, older adults to complete as well.
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Create Dementia Resources
Volunteers can create resources that stimulate the brain and senses of individuals living with cognitive decline or dementia, while also providing comfort. This is a great opportunity for individuals, families, and groups.
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If you would like to participate in this volunteer opportunity, please contact email@example.com
Crafting Comfort and Peace
Do you knit, crochet, or sew? We would love to give Pocket Prayer Squares to residents who could use some extra comfort. They are easy for residents to hold and keep with them in their pocket. Patterns are available.
Sign Up Here
There are many opportunities for individuals, families, or congregations to get involved in our ministry. For additional ideas and ways to volunteer, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Volunteering with residents in nursing homes provides meaning and purpose in my life. I feel like I'm making a difference in the lives of others. Many of the most meaningful interactions I’ve had in recent years are with the seniors I serve while volunteering!”
– Sarah, Arbor Memory Care Volunteer
“When I'm volunteering it's hard to tell who is having more fun, the people there to help out or the people receiving the help. It is so much fun for everyone when we go to Highland Ridge that everyone, as soon as we leave, starts planning the next time we can go and what we can do.”
– Josephine, Highland Ridge Volunteer
"Volunteering with hospice is an opportunity to give back after all the care and support my mother received as a resident.. It is also a gift to me, many have led rich lives and simply enjoy a listening ear."
– Paul, Optage Hospice Volunteer
“Even the simple things like a smile and a look of recognition that I am a familiar face. That always touches my heart and makes me feel good.”
– Ann, Optage Companion Volunteer
“Woof! Woof! Woof!” ("I love making the residents smile!")
– Bailey, Therapy Pet Volunteer