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340:2-35-2. Volunteer job design

Issued 6-11-01

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.  
  1. These areas are expanded upon in volunteer handbooks issued by participating programs.

  2. Program administrators are responsible for oversight.

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