What is a Companion Volunteer?
As a companion volunteer, you will work regularly with the people we serve— providing friendship and taking part in recreational activities such as crafts, games, karaoke, gardening, and more. Companion volunteers are active anywhere from once a month to multiple times a week. We work with your schedule to find meaningful opportunities for you to share your passions and interests with the individuals we serve on an ongoing basis.
Why repeat companion volunteers matter
Consistency is important to everyone, but especially for the individuals we serve at Boundless.
Routines help provide a sense of stability and wellness. Seeing the same faces and interacting with familiar people is a comforting and healthy activity for both adults and children in our programs.
This is what makes companion volunteers such a valuable part of Boundless!
How it works
All individuals in our programs have an Individual Service Plan. These plans include personal interests and hobbies they want to pursue, as well as goals they have set for themselves to achieve. Companion volunteers have the opportunity to assist and join in on these activities and goals.
Site Managers often pair volunteers with individuals based on their interests. You’re an avid gardener? We’d like you to meet Scott who wants to learn more about planting flowers! Passionate about music? Let me introduce you to Dixon. Other times volunteers are assigned simply if there is a need for activity helpers.
Training & Qualifications
Due to the nature of our volunteer opportunities, we do require all volunteers to complete an initial training and orientation before going into the field, as well as related background checks and screenings.
This includes an eight-hour provider training from the DODD (Department of Developmental Disabilities), which is provided by Boundless and can be taken online. Volunteers receive a certificate upon completion.
No previous experience working with adults or children with IDDs is required. What’s more important is a patient and pleasant manner, good listening and problem-solving skills, dependability, a caring heart, and a desire to build rapport with the individuals at Boundless!
Companion volunteers also have the benefit of connecting with a community of like-minded volunteers and gaining the opportunity to build their social and leadership skills.
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