Volunteer

Volunteers provide companionship, escorted transportation, in-home assistance, and respite for family caregivers.

Matches are carefully made based on the interest and availability of the volunteer and the needs of each client. Assignments typically range from two to three hours. A Helping Hand asks that volunteers commit at least a year to serving clients.

Ways to Volunteer

Volunteers can provide a helping hand in many different ways. Matches are carefully made based on the interest and availability of the volunteer and the needs of each client. Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Be a friendly visitor who brings lively conversation and laughter
  • Provide escorted transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store and social outings
  • Run errands, such as picking up prescriptions and getting groceries
  • Help with simple meal preparation
  • Run the vacuum for someone physically unable to do so
  • Assist with laundry and light housekeeping
  • Read to the visually impaired
  • Serve as a companion in the respite care program, providing a tired family caregiver with a few hours per week to attend to his or her own needs
  • Teach an older adult a new skill, including computer instruction and how to program the TV/VCR
  • Record life histories
  • Consider Volunteering on our Board of Directors

 

“My experience volunteering with A Helping Hand and specifically Mrs. M. for the last nine years has helped me form a lasting relationship with her and her family. She and her family are like an extended family to me. I’m so glad that A Helping Hand exists to help senior citizens and people with disabilities who sometimes need extra care to stay in their homes and live independently.”
– Michael L.

 

Volunteer Requirements

  • As we assist seniors in their homes throughout the Triangle, a car is required in order to provide Companion Care to seniors in the area.
  • We ask that volunteers be 18 years of age or older as the majority of our services are in private homes with limited supervision.
  • A background check is required for all volunteers, which is paid for by the volunteer. *

*Because of the extensive contact volunteers have with vulnerable individuals, we run a thorough background check on all volunteers and staff. The cost for each background check is roughly $20 per person. AHH will provide a link to this service after the initial meeting and an expressed interest to volunteer. This allows us to reduce the funds we spend on administrative fees and maximize the funds available to assist more seniors.