340:2-35-2. Volunteer job design
A number of specific areas in which individual volunteers may provide services are described in (1)-(9) of this subsection. • 1
- (1) Visitor or companion. Visitor or companion activities include:
- (A) visiting on a regular basis an elderly or homebound person, such as a person with multi-handicapping conditions;
- (B) providing companionship and social stimulation;
- (C) writing letters;
- (D) helping with errands;
- (E) accompanying clients to medical appointments;
- (F) sharing interests and being a friend; and
- (G) spending time at holidays, birthdays, and other important times, such as during illness, surgery or personal crisis.
- (2) Mom-to-mom. Mom-to-mom activities include helping, motivating, and befriending a mother in various ways such as:
- (A) modeling parenting skills and encouraging young mothers in home management tasks;
(B) budgeting and shopping; or
- (C) offering friendship, support, and acceptance.
- (3) Mentor or special friend. Volunteer mentor or special friend activities include establishing a one-to-one ongoing friendship with a child, teenager, or an adult with special needs by:
- (A) sharing recreational outings, leisure activities, meals out;
- (B) serving as a role model;
- (C) helping a client prepare for independent living, or
- (D) being a dependable friend.
- (4) Tutoring. Tutoring activities include:
- (A) helping a child to attain his or her education potential;
- (B) teaching an adult to read; or
- (C) helping an adult or child build confidence.
- (5) Transportation. Volunteer transportation activities may include driving clients to:
- (A) medical or therapy appointments;
- (B) court appearances;
- (C) the grocery store; and
- (D) the pharmacy.
- (6) Share-a-trip. Volunteers may provide opportunities for personal or educational enlightenment for children or persons with developmental disabilities or disabling conditions. Volunteers may plan activities such as outings to:
- (A) the zoo;
- (B) sporting events; or
- (C) concerts.
- (7) Share-a-skill. A volunteer may share skills, such as:
- (A) sewing;
- (B) budgeting;
- (C) playing a musical instrument;
- (D) gardening; or
- (E) basic house-cleaning.
- (8) Resource development. An individual or group of volunteers may sponsor a project to raise funds, develop resources, or solicit donations of needed goods. Volunteers may participate in a speakers' bureau to expand public awareness, influence legislation, or recruit other volunteers.
- (9) Administrative. Trained volunteers may perform many tasks of DHS employees. • 2
- Administrative volunteer activities may include:
- (A) gathering information to help determine eligibility for Agency programs;
- (B) typing;
- (C) processing claims; and
- (D) filing.
These areas are expanded upon in volunteer handbooks issued by participating programs.
Program administrators are responsible for oversight.