Treat participants with care, respect, and dignity.
Thank you for your commitment to a higher quality of life for older adults and adults with disabilities. If you have a passion for life and sharing life with others, then you've found the ideal volunteer experience. A Helping Hand volunteers have compassionate dispositions and possess a natural ability to treat participants with care, respect, and dignity.
Volunteers provide companionship, escorted transportation, in-home assistance, and respite for family caregivers – regardless of a participant’s ability to pay. Our mission is to provide volunteer services to help seniors and adults with disabilities in our community live as independently as possible for as long as possible while maintaining their dignity and quality of life.
Who is an AHH volunteer?
- A friendly visitor who brings lively conversation and laughter
- A driver who provides escorted transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store, and social outings
- A helper to run errands, such as picking up prescriptions and getting groceries
- A cook to help with meal preparation
- An assistant to handle light household chores such as laundry, running the vacuum for someone physically unable to do so, and light housekeeping
- A set of eyes to read to the visually impaired
- One who serves 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
- A teacher to instruct an older adult through a new skill, including computer instruction and how to program the TV/VCR
- A librarian to record life histories
Volunteers can provide a helping hand in many different ways. Matches are carefully made based on the interest, geographic location, and availability of the volunteer and the needs of each participant.
- Since we assist individuals in their homes, a car is required in order to provide Companion Care to older and adults with disabilities throughout the Triangle.
- 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, companions, interns, and staff, and is paid for by that individual. *
Because of the extensive contact A Helping Hand representatives have with vulnerable individuals, we run a thorough background check on all volunteers, companions, interns, 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 serve. Your support allows us to reduce the funds we spend on administrative fees and maximize the funds available to assist more seniors.
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