Volunteer Opportunities

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Jackson County Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, is a faith based organization providing services to older adults, disabled individuals and people with special needs. We will take into consideration all needs.  However, to ensure the safety of the volunteers and care receivers, it is the board’s policy to do a background screening on both the care receivers and volunteers.  Volunteers will need to undergo a background check and a volunteer training.

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 Volunteer Opportunities

Like Christmas presents, Interfaith Volunteers come in many shapes and sizes. Some are able to give a few hours a year, some eight hours a week.  Either way we have just the right volunteer opportunity for you!

  • Church Coordinator: Interfaith works with area congregations to coordinate their volunteers and to track their number of hours donated.  You can be a liaison through your church, either by recruiting volunteers, tracking volunteer activities, or by identifying people who may need a helping hand.
  • Fall/Spring Yard Clean Up: Gather your family, friends, congregation or youth group to tackle a seasonal outdoor project for our clients.  These are one-day events that last a few hours.  Projects include: raking leaves, washing outdoor windows, cleaning first level gutters, setting out lawn furniture, or other tasks as needed.
  • Friendly Visiting / Reassurance Calls: Visit with an isolated older adult, disabled individual, or person with special needs for a few hours a month. Being a friendly visitor has created some lifelong friendships!
  • Housekeeping: Volunteer to provide simple weekly or bi-weekly light housekeeping to an older adult, disabled individual, or someone with special needs which may include vacuuming, mopping, dusting, or other tasks as needed.
  • Lawn Mowing / Snow Removal: Get paired up with a client in need of general lawn maintenance or snow removal.
  • Respite/Caregiver Support: Relieve a live-in caregiver by providing respite care and spending time with their loved one as needed. This is completely non-medical; you just need to be a friendly visitor!
  • Transportation: Provide transportation to an older adult, disabled individual, or person with special needs. Volunteers take individuals to medical appointments, church, shopping, or to other social gatherings. Sometimes the most important job of a volunteer driver is to allow a little social interaction for our care receivers. Many of whom live alone and the only time they leave the house is for doctor appointments, or the occasional grocery trip.

Programs

  • Home Safe and Sound: Volunteer to assist people successfully transition home, either from the hospital or from an extended care facility after surgery or illness. This is a collaboration with Black River Memorial Hospital.
  • Groceries to Go: Deliver groceries from our Groceries to Go Program on Wednesday mornings.  It could be every week or once a month. We deliver to approximately 10 families a week, so having more than one volunteer is often necessary.
  • JUMP (Jackson United Mentoring Program): Interfaith coordinates volunteers that spend one hour a week during the school year, being a positive role model for a student.  Mentors are matched with one student and build a relationship with that student in the school setting.
  • New Mother’s Helper: Provide help and support to new mothers or women who are expecting. Help families transition smoothly into this very exciting time of life.
  • VIP (Visually Impaired Program): Read the weekly papers to be recorded so those that are visually impaired can enjoy them..
  • Your Library to Go: Deliver library books to older adult, disabled individual or a person with special needs.