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Acsend Hospice

Ascend Hospice "You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you." Ascend is offering volunteer opportunities for compassionate & empathetic individuals who want to enhance their lives by giving their time to others in their community.

Family Volunteering: The Benefits to Families

Family Volunteering:  The Benefits to Families

 

Through volunteer activities, families enrich their relationships with one another and gain insights into the challenges of other human beings.

 

The following are some benefits to families who volunteer:

 

  • Adults and children share the same goal and a common purpose.

 

  • Children gain opportunities to share their time and talents.

 

  • Children learn self-confidence and acquire new skills.

 

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WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT AS A VOLUNTEER?

When looking for a place to volunteer, how do you know whether a particular organization is likely to provide a positive experience where your abilities will be well utilized? While there are no guarantees, there are some things to look for: • Does the organization have a volunteer job description clearly defining what you will be doing? If not, is the organization’s contact person able to explain to you what you will be doing? • What kind of training/orientation does the organization provide? • Who will be your supervisor? Will that person be easily accessible to you?

HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER

If you have never volunteered, here are a few tips on how to get started:
Ask yourself the following questions:

• What am I interested in doing as a volunteer?

• Do I want to do something I am good at? What do I want to learn about? Do I want to learn a new skill? Do I want to volunteer in something that is related to my job?

• How much time can I dedicate to volunteering? Do I want to volunteer on a daily, weekly, monthly, or episodic basis?

• Do I have an area of expertise that would benefit an organization?

Girls on the Run

 

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. Girls on the Run: Requirements/Duties of a Coach: This program meets in the afternoons and/or a Saturday morning for 1 hour and 15 minutes on a bi-weekly basis for 10 weeks early Sept to mid-Nov. Coaches lead small, closed groups of girls (ages 8-10) through easy-to-use curriculum. Supervise and participate in workouts/games that teach life skills. Willingness to serve as contact for parents of girls in small group. Attend end-of-season 5K event. All coaches required to attend a 4-hour training on a Saturday in August. Must be 21 years old. Requirements/Duties of an Assistant Coach: Provide administrative support to coaches. Encourage girls during structured games/workouts. Attendance at 4-hour coaches' training on a Saturday in August strongly recommended. Must be 18 years old.  Please visit our website to download a copy of our volunteer questionnaire. - http://www.gotrcnj.org/

Email:  Donna Dourney - dldourney@gmail.com -  Donna York - donna.york@girlsontherun.org

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Acsend Hospice

Ascend Hospice "You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you." Ascend is offering volunteer opportunities for compassionate & empathetic individuals who want to enhance their lives by giving their time to others in their community. Volunteers can provide companionship visits, make special crafts for patients and families, support our bereavement team and assist our office staff.  Ascend Hospice embraces a holistic approach and utilizes the gifts and talents of alternative practitioners, such as massage therapists, reiki practitioners, pet therapists and music therapists. Volunteers receive hospice volunteer training and mentoring; hours range from one to two hours per week and a commitment of at least one year.  Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Catherine Gillespie at 732-540-9348 or via email at catherine.gillespie@ascendhealth.com. (Ages - 18 and up)

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Family Volunteering: The Benefits to Families

Family Volunteering:  The Benefits to Families

 

Through volunteer activities, families enrich their relationships with one another and gain insights into the challenges of other human beings.

 

The following are some benefits to families who volunteer:

 

  • Adults and children share the same goal and a common purpose.

 

  • Children gain opportunities to share their time and talents.

 

  • Children learn self-confidence and acquire new skills.

 

  • Family members encounter people form different cultures and economic backgrounds, and grow as human beings.

 

  • Family members see one another in a new light and with a fresh perspective.

 

  • Family members become better at communicating and more supportive of one another.

 

  • Volunteer experiences carry over into other parts of their lives such as dinner table discussions.

 

  • Children learn the lifelong lesson that by giving to others they put their own problems in perspective.

 

From a publication of Family Matters, a national program of the Points of Light Institute/Hands On Network, designed to strengthen families and to help solve serious social problems in communities through family volunteering.

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT AS A VOLUNTEER?

When looking for a place to volunteer, how do you know whether a particular organization is likely to provide a positive experience where your abilities will be well utilized? While there are no guarantees, there are some things to look for: • Does the organization have a volunteer job description clearly defining what you will be doing? If not, is the organization’s contact person able to explain to you what you will be doing? • What kind of training/orientation does the organization provide? • Who will be your supervisor? Will that person be easily accessible to you? • Is there enough for you to do? • Will you be working by yourself or with other volunteers? • Where will you work? Does the organization have a workplace for you? • How does the paid staff respond to volunteers?

HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER

If you have never volunteered, here are a few tips on how to get started:
Ask yourself the following questions:

• What am I interested in doing as a volunteer?

• Do I want to do something I am good at? What do I want to learn about? Do I want to learn a new skill? Do I want to volunteer in something that is related to my job?

• How much time can I dedicate to volunteering? Do I want to volunteer on a daily, weekly, monthly, or episodic basis?

• Do I have an area of expertise that would benefit an organization?

• Would I volunteer in person, or be a volunteer online (cyber-volunteer)? Can I volunteer from home or work? How can I get to the volunteer location?

Once you have answered these questions:

• Contact the Volunteer Center of Burlington County to find a listing of volunteer opportunities and to learn about organizations needing volunteers.

• Call organizations that match your volunteer interest, abilities, and availability.

• Schedule an appointment to meet with the organization’s manager of volunteers.

• Ensure that you have a good match between the organization and yourself before you begin to volunteer.

• Complete any paperwork (application, background check, etc.) needed in order to volunteer.

Aspen Hills Healthcare Center

 

Aspen Hills Healthcare Center (formerly Buttonwood Hospital) in Pemberton, NJ seeks volunteers to provide friendly visits to residents, assist staff members in conducting activities, transport residents within the hospital premises, and provide entertainment.   Volunteers must be 18 years old. For more information please contact Recreation Director, Virginia Burt-Ely – vburtely@aspenhillshealthcare.com

609.836.6000 ext. 6063 - www.aspenhillshealthcare.com  

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Burlington County Medical Reserve Corps

 

Burlington County Medical Reserve Corps is a volunteer workforce of health professionals and community volunteers serving the citizens of Burlington County in the event of a public health emergency, and with public health initiatives (ie: seasonal flu clinics, health fairs, volunteer  recruitment). Volunteers must be US citizens and reside or work in Burlington County.   (609) 265-5548 - Email: bcmrc@co.burlington.nj.us  - Training provided. Volunteers and their families are part of the First Responder Medication Distribution Plan. If interested, please contact the Burlington County Health Department

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