Volunteers are the heart and soul of IVC. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and through their generous time, allow our care receivers to live independently. Unfortunately, many of our elderly and disabled adults don’t live near family and friends. They may be isolated and lonely. Contact with our volunteers helps reduce this social isolation and replaces it with real human connection. Strong bonds are often formed between our volunteers and care receivers. For more information about volunteering, please contact us or email Robin at .
IVC volunteers help in the following ways:
- Transportation to medical and other necessary appointments
- Transportation to social or recreational activities
- Grocery shopping and other errands
- Respite care to relieve overburdened family or friend caregivers
- Companionship through visits or enjoyable activities outside the home
- “Spirit Lifting” activities, such as visiting a gallery, concert or museum
- Help with meals
- Phone reassurance
- Advocacy and encouragement
- Reading to visually impaired persons
- Information and referrals.
- Card playing/games
- Light yard work
- Help with pet care
It’s easy to become an IVC volunteer! There is no long-term commitment required at IVC. You can volunteer as much or as little as your schedule allows. We have volunteers who drive people to appointments and volunteers who schedule regular companionship visits with care receivers. Every volunteer act makes a big difference in allowing seniors and others to maintain their independence and vitality. We do our best to make a good match between our volunteers with care receivers.
In order to maintain the safety of our care receivers and volunteers, we request a background check, obtain a driving record and do a brief physical inspection of your car. Volunteers who will be driving care receivers must provide proof of car insurance and a current driver’s license.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us or email Robin at . We will send you an application. After that we ask that you participate in our new Online Volunteer Training. Upon completion of the Training, we will have you come in for an in-person Volunteer Orientation so we can get to know you, and you can hear about volunteer opportunities available at IVC. At this point we will also make copies of your Driver’s License, Car Insurance and do a visual inspection of your car.