Family Companion volunteers help relieve the isolation of older adults by providing social contact and friendship to enhance their lives. Family Companions welcome an elder friend into their home once a month, providing him or her with a family-centered environment that can include a meal and other activities based on mutual interests. The time commitment includes one face-to-face visit each month, phone calls and travel time. Family Companion volunteers are thoughtfully matched to elder friends based on interests, personality and location.
To volunteer, contact Josh Windham at 612-746-0732 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Gain gratification from relieving the isolation of an older person.
- Garner experience in the field of aging services.
- Develop new friendships and share new experiences.
- Family involvement allows children to gain intergenerational appreciation.
- Training and workshops related to issues on aging.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Act as a liaison between the older adult and the agency by reporting concerns about health and life changes to your supervisor regularly.
- Complete a Time Report each month.
- Demonstrate commitment, reliability and responsibility.
- Provide feedback, suggestions, and recommendations to appropriate staff concerning the effectiveness of the agency’s program services.
- Inform your supervisor, at least two weeks in advance, if you are unable to continue your volunteer duties.
- Desire to enhance the well-being of older adults.
- Sensitivity to the needs of lonely and isolated older adults facing challenging circumstances.
- Flexibility and open mindedness to diversity.
- Effective communication skills.
- Ability to make commitments and follow-through.
- Transportation to and from residences in Ramsey and Hennepin counties.
- 1-1/2 hour orientation and basic trainng.
- 3-4 hours a month, 6-month minimum commitment.