What kinds of volunteers are we looking for?
We are looking for people who are committed to treating all people with respect and dignity, can work cooperatively on a team, and have good communication skills.
Most importantly, we are looking for volunteers who are interested in working with people who have Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss from other dementias. You don’t need previous experience.
What is the time commitment?
We ask that volunteers commit to at least one shift per week, Monday through Friday either 8:30/9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., or 12:30 - 4:00 p.m.
What training is required?
We offer formal and informal training. We will provide you with informational flyers and our Alzheimer’s Caregiver Manual when you come in for an interview.
When you first start at House of Welcome, you will observe what happens in the program on two different occasions. On your first day, the volunteer coordinator will orient and train you on all the basics and answer any questions. You may also “buddy” with a staff member.
Once there is official commitment, an initial comprehensive training is required of all volunteers, provided at House of Welcome and led by the volunteer coordinator. You also will be required to attend at least two out of four formal training sessions held each year. Music and pet therapy volunteers are invited to these sessions, but they are not required to attend.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact North Shore Senior Center's Volunteer Program at 847.784.6052 or firstname.lastname@example.org.