Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County is looking for volunteers!
Are you interested in serving your community? We have a variety of opportunities for you to help your aging neighbors. Which one is right for you?
Community Caring Program
Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County’s Community Caring Program allows seniors to live independently with dignity in their own homes for as long as safely possible by connecting volunteers with home-bound, isolated, and/or financially fragile seniors 55 and over.
Community Caring Volunteers have a passion for giving back to seniors in their communities. All one -on-one volunteers complete an interview, background check and training. Many of our volunteers are 55+ who enjoy helping those in the same life stage. Volunteers must be available to donate a minimum of one hour per month.
Together Today Program
Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County’s Together Today Program provides an excellent opportunity for older adults to meet on a regular basis, make new friends, and have a wonderful time socializing. Each session begins with light breakfast and social time full of games and catching up with friends. Lunch is provided and is followed by a planned activity or presentation.
Together Today Lead Volunteer serves as the “welcome committee” and welcomes all new members to the group and helps them join activities. The lead volunteer helps keep the group on task and welcomes the sponsors and gets them set up for lunch/activity. The lead volunteer will also be the point of contact for SCHC staff.
Adults with limited decisional capacity in one or more areas of their life as determined by the court benefit from the Hamilton County VASIA Guardianship Program and Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County. Guardianship is a dramatic intervention; it is a legal appointment by the court after careful consideration and evaluation to determine that less restrictive options for assistance would not be enough.
Volunteer Advocates are paired with an adult under guardianship to help monitor their care plan and ensure the highest degree of independence, dignity, health, comfort, and safety is maintained. Advocates work closely with SCHC care team and Hamilton County Court to monitor client’s well-being. The advocate helps them make decisions based on their own best interests and preferences.
Volunteer Advocates will complete an interview, background check and have extensive training as well as continued support and ongoing training.
“I am legally blind and have no family in the area. While I receive disability income, it is barely enough to cover my monthly rent and utilities. I met with the Shepherd’s Center to see if they could offer support. I now have a volunteer that helps me clean and visits with me on a regular basis. I am also able to get to regular doctor’s appointments because the Shepherd’s Center gets me a monthly bus pass. I would have no other way of getting around if it wasn’t for them. I can’t thank them enough for helping me.”
We Couldn’t Do It Without You!
We need your help! Together we can be a community that cares. The need is great and it provides an opportunity for you to give back to your community. Volunteers can serve one time, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or whatever time they can offer. Churches, groups, businesses are invited to help. Whether connecting you with one senior for regular service opportunities or one-time larger group projects, we have several different options to meet the needs of seniors in our community.
If you have questions or would like to discuss volunteering your talents you can call Programs Manager Catrina Welch, 463-224-6777, email@example.com.