Title: Community Companion Volunteer

Major Objectives:

I.   Establish a friendly relationship with an adults with multiple disabilities

II.  Explore the community to encourage independence.

III. Provide support during community activities

 

Major Responsibilities:

1. Spend 2 hours per week doing any activity you and your peer/friend choose; seek pre-approval from peer/friend’s case manager.

2. Support and encourage your peer/friend in performing activities in collaboration with other providers.

3. Provide ongoing communication to case manager and other team members

4. Terminate relationship with peer/friend when you can no longer volunteer

 

Qualifications:

1.Transportation (by personal car or bus) is necessary.

2.No experience with developmental disabilities or mental illness is required.

 

Training/Preparation:

1. Attend training session given by the Area MH-DD-SA

2. On-going support is provided by Case Managers, Volunteer Task Force and residential staff.

3. A background check is required, this will include a drug screening, criminal check and a DMV check. Volunteer can not begin working until all information has been received and approved by the area program.

 

Time/Place:

1. 2 hours per week is required, additional time is at your discretion.

2. Plan your schedule in conjunction with case manager and peer/friend.

3. Explore or attend events in your community or at places you and your peer/friend want to attend.

 

Length of Commitment:

6 months is required.

 

Supervision:

1. On-going support is tailored to each volunteer’s needs

2. Supervisor:__________________________________