ECHO Volunteers for Medically Fragile Program
ECHO is a nonprofit organization serving adults with disabilities in the Leesburg and greater Northern Virginia area. Our mission is to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve their optimal level of personal, social and economic success. To help uphold this mission, ECHO is currently seeking volunteers who are eighteen years old or older for our Medically Fragile program, which provides day support services to adults with disabilities. The individuals who attend the Medically Fragile program have specific medical support needs and require one-on-one assistance when participating in activities. Volunteers are needed to help with in-house activities, which are activities taking place on ECHO’s premises, and with community activities, which are activities taking place in the general community and may include such activities as spending time at a mall or park.
In order to ensure quality support for all of our program participants, ECHO requires that background checks be conducted on all volunteers. The cost of a background check is $30, and we would appreciate if each volunteer would pay for the cost of their background check. In addition, each volunteer has to attend a volunteer orientation, which will take approximately 4 hours, and, as noted previously, all volunteers must be at least eighteen years old.
Below are detailed descriptions of each volunteering opportunity.
Community Activity Volunteer: Volunteers in this position will assist with community activities. All community activity volunteers should be able to push a wheelchair around for at least two hours, and they should also be able to commit to serving participants at least bi-weekly and up to 3 hours per activity session.
In-house volunteer: Volunteers in this position should be able and willing to create/lead in-house activities for the Medically Fragile program. This position would best fit creative people who would be willing to do arts/crafts projects, music activities, and other fun activities to engage individuals who might not be able to participate in an activity in the community. We are looking for people who can commit to serving at least twice a month and up to 2 hours per session.
Activities Coordinator: The volunteer(s) in this position will research and find opportunities/activities in the community that individuals in the Medically Fragile program would be able to participate in. This position requires an understanding of the needs of the individuals in the program and the ability to research/find activities that match the individuals and their specific support needs. We are looking for a person/people who can commit to researching/finding at least 10 activities per month and provide our staff with the information that will allow staff members to schedule/coordinate these activities.
|| Erica Lengermann