Senior Engagement Volunteer
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Sunbeam Family Services - Oklahoma City, OK
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Description

You can help support seniors in our community by becoming a Senior Engagement Volunteer! Sunbeam is looking for 100 volunteers to donate their time and talents to join the nonprofit’s Senior Engagement Program.

Does this describe you?

  • You are looking for a way to volunteer and give back to our community.
  • You love helping seniors.
  • You enjoy connecting with people.
  • You are dependable.

What is the impact of the Senior Engagement Program?

  • This program encourages independence and self-sufficiency by helping Oklahoma seniors stay active in their lives, connected to their communities, and supporting aging in place.

What would I do as a Senior Engagement Volunteer?

  • You will be partnered with a vulnerable senior, due to illness or age, from our community.
  • You will connect with a vulnerable senior, invest in their well-being, and support them through a variety of opportunities, such as:
    • Engagement activities - movies, puzzles, physical activities, companionship, etc.
    • Respite Care - allowing a Caregiver an opportunity to take time for self-care.
    • Tasks Assistance Activities - dog walking, meal preparation, gardening, etc.
  • Volunteer at least 1.5 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.
  • Attend ongoing training

I want to volunteer! What do I do next?

  • Please complete this application (below).
  • We will get back to you with the next steps within 2 business days.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

  • Melva Franklin, Senior Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at 405.609.8930 or email mfranklin@sunbeamfamilyservices.org.

The Engagement Volunteer works under the general direction of the Senior Engagement Volunteer Coordinator. Through the Senior Engagement Volunteer Program, the volunteer provides support to seniors and their families. Our mission is to encourage independence and self-sufficiency by helping seniors stay active in their lives, connected to their communities, and aging in place. Our volunteers will accomplish this by providing services related to engagement, respite or task assistance.

All employees and volunteers are expected to be sensitive to our clients’ cultural and socio-economic characteristics, reflect Sunbeam Family Services core values and to perform at Sunbeam’s standards of excellence at all times.

Our core values are:

Champion Spirit – We work like a champion every day: paying attention to details and performing with excellence

Servant Heart – We exhibit humility in serving everyone; no job is below anyone and we all pull together to get the work done.

Sunny Attitude –We bring a smile and a positive attitude.  We treat each other with respect, ensuring an energized work environment.

 

Essential Functions: 

 

  • Interact with clients respectfully and professionally

  • Present to appointments and meetings on time

  • Provide resource information and referrals 

  • Provide motivational activities 

  • Provide opportunities for open communication to reminisce, or for validation and affirmation. 

  • Provide assistance locating and utilizing community resources

  • Act as an advocate on behalf of the recipient(s).

  • Assists as an ancillary to professionals helping senior client 

  • Aid the client with returning home from hospital with resources

  • Provide pre-approved transportation only as identified in the Client Service Plan (required written approval by the Senior Engagement Volunteer Coordinator)

  • Maintain open communication with the Senior Services team

  • Assist in the formulation of the Service plan

  • Provide social, recreational, or educational activities as defined in the Service Plan

  • Provide companionship for seniors

  • Complete required trainings and complies with all program and agency policies and procedure, including but not limited to confidentiality and safety expectations

  • Participate in skills and resource development training sessions, 1 session per month

  • Attend weekly or bi-weekly update consultations and evaluation at the end of 6- months

  • Accurately record time and other documentation required of position

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Engagement Volunteer Coordinator consistent with the program mission.

Qualifications

Education: 

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) preferred

Lic/Cert: 

  • Ability to obtain and maintain adult CPR and First Aid certifications
  • Current certification in adult CPR and First Aid preferred.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: 

  • Ability to interact with persons of diverse cultural and socioeconomic background in a manner that demonstrates sensitivity toward cultural differences and respect for each individual
  • Recognizes others as important and valuable, respecting them for who they are
  • Compassion
  • Flexibility in schedule and thinking
  • Dependable and reliable
  • Positive attitude toward senior aged persons
  • Ability accurately perceive surroundings
  • Ability to recognize emergency situations and call for intervention
  • Familiarity with the service area

Additional Job Requirements: 

  • Clear background check and drug screen

Work Schedule: 

  • Office Hours follow business hours and may vary with supervisor approval; may include occasional evening and weekends.

 

Working Conditions: 

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the volunteer is required to frequently communicate with staff and others, and must be able to exchange accurate information when doing so. The volunteer must be physically agile both indoors and outdoors. Must be able to detect, discern, distinguish, observe, inspect and compare. Must have excellent command of English language and grammar, both verbal and written. Occasionally must be able to position oneself to assist persons with limited mobility during inclement weather or emergency situations.

Local Travel required. Must have reliable transportation. If using own vehicle, must have and maintain valid Oklahoma Driver’s License and state required uninsured motorist coverage.

The qualifications, physical demands, and work environment described are representative of those any volunteer may encounter and should meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment

In client homes and non-Sunbeam facilities that may not be ADA facilities. Volunteers shall immediately notify supervisor if an environment is not safe or accessible. Volunteers may conduct tasks such as reading, writing letters, singing, walking or playing games, or assisting with exercise, meals or snacks. Volunteers may also alert Hospice care, Nurses, Occupational or Physical Therapists of changes in client condition.

Other

The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by volunteers in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel or candidate and may be subject to change at any time.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER - Sunbeam Family Services is fair and equal in all its employment practices for persons without regard to race, color, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, religion, disability or degree thereof, national origin, domestic/marital status, political affiliation or opinion, veteran status, HIV status, AIDS status, genetic information, and any legally protected characteristic.

 

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