Volunteers play an integral role in the personalized care provided at PRDC. There are a range of opportunities available to both groups and individuals who are interested in giving their time. Volunteers are needed both to interact with residents and also as support in keeping the homes well maintained and welcoming.
- Reading to residents
- Crafts with residents
- Visiting hospitalized residents
- Assisting on trips (pushing residents in wheelchairs, etc.)
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Is experience required?
No. Training is offered for each volunteer, and no volunteer is expected to do anything they are not prepared to do or are not comfortable doing.
Do I have a choice in what I do?
Yes. The experience works best for both volunteers and residents when the volunteers contribute in a way that they are most comfortable.
What type of training is required?
Applicants must attend volunteer training related to the services in which they plan to participate. Training may include information on the following:
- Mission, Vision and Values
- Code of Ethics and Human Rights
- Interaction with Residents
- Hazardous Communication
- Safety and Health Concerns
- Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
- Confidentiality, Abuse and Neglect
- Volunteer Rules and Regulations
When do volunteers work?
As a volunteer, you can work as often as you’d like. You can volunteer for a particular project or you can sign-up to contribute your time on a regular basis. Typically, volunteer hours are Monday through Friday, 9AM-9PM and weekends by special arrangement. We will work with each volunteer to meet the needs of his or her schedule.
How do I become a volunteer?
Contact PRDC’s Human Resources department at 704.788.2304 to schedule an interview and tour. You will need to complete an application, a criminal background check, and attend training. Volunteers who will be in direct contact with the residents are also required to provide record of a current TB test (within one year).