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Weeks of Welcome - Fall 2017

We know that your first weeks on campus are especially important in building the foundation for your success at Lehman College.  That is why the Office of Community Engagement and New Student Programs has created the Weeks of Welcome Fall 2017 booklet. Enclosed in this booklet is the schedule of educational, entertaining and cultural programs that will be taking place in the first six weeks of the semester. Whether you are a new or returning student, these events will help you prepare for a successful year and experience what it means to be a Lehman student. Events are updated daily, so be sure to check out the Weeks of Welcome calendar in the Lehman app.

Download the Weeks of Welcome Fall 2017 Booklet (PDF)


Community Engagement Service Fair - Fall 2017

The service fair took place on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. To download the service fair booklet, please visit Service Fair Booklet Fall 2017.

If you are a community organization interested in partnering with Lehman College, please contact:
Denny Santos
(347) 577-4020 - Ext. 3


Short-Term Service Projects
Fall 2017

To view past Spring 2017 service events please click here

Friday, August 25, 2017 to 
Tuesday, August, 30 2017

Monday Aug. 28th through Thursday Aug. 31st

Music Building Cafeteria :8/28/17 - 1:00 PM -4:00 PM

Music Building Cafeteria 8/29/17 - 10:00 PM -12:00 PM

Music Building Cafeteria 8/31/17 - 10:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Deadline to sign up: 08/31/17

Marathon Table Sign Up

Join us to volunteer for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on November 5, 2017. There will be 48,000 runners who will need water and Gatorade to keep them fueled.  They will need YOU and YOUR spirit at Mile 20, the only Bronx water station, to help cheer and move them along!


Visit one of our tables to sign up TODAY!!!!

You can also sign up online here's HOW!

Go to and register with New York Road Runners (NYRR)

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email. Please follow the link in the email to finish setting up your account. (Can’t find the confirmation email? 
Check your spam folder)

Now, log in to your new account and from the main page select VOLUNTEER

Scroll down and select the volunteering event FLUID STATIONS 2017 TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON

Once the page loads, scroll down and select FLUID STATION MILE 20 - BRONX

Complete the missing information and click ACCEPT AND VOLUNTEER!


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: In front of the Music Building 
Volunteers are needed from
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Fall Semester Kick Off

Start the semester with a bang! Cheer on Lehman Athletics, meet clubs, offices and departments that will support you at Lehman, mingle with new and returning students, and enjoy free pizza! Go Lehman!

This event is open to the Lehman Community – No RSVP Required

Sponsored by the Office of Community Engagement and New Student Programs

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Time: 7:30am – 11:00 AM
Location: 72nd and Central Park West, 
New York, NY 10023

Visit one of our tables to sign up TODAY!!!!

Music Building Cafeteria

8/28/17 - 1:00 PM -4:00 PM

8/29/17 - 10:00 PM -12:00 PM

8/31/17 - 10:30 PM - 1:00 PM

9/7/17 - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Susan G. Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure

Komen Greater NYC’s service area includes about 64% of New York State’s population, all within nine unique communities. Komen Greater NYC serves the Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Kings, Richmond, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, and Rockland communities – some of the most ethnically, financially, and geographically diverse communities in America.

Direct participants through the Finish Line, hand out water to finishers, and keep traffic moving.

Requires enthusiasm and a loud voice!

Lehman Students click on Finish Line H2O: Volunteer

When volunteering under Employer question place “Lehman College” to be assigned to proper area.

Saturday, September 10, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Crotona Park

Bronx is Blooming

The Bronx is Blooming engages communities and helps to protect and take care of the environment through the beautification of parks located in the Bronx. BIB hopes to empower Bronx residents to advocate for the ongoing maintenance and protection of local parks through civic participation.

Come and help to maintain the Bronx’s beautiful parks!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Lehman College Walkway

Community Engagement Service Fair

2017 Service Fair Booklet

Meet local non-profit organizations and learn about the many ways that you can get involved! There will be various organizations needing volunteers in areas such as: health, youth, elderly care, environment, education and more!

Do you want to reserve a table?

If you are a community organization that would like to reserve a table at our Fall 2017 Community Engagement Service Fair, please complete our reservation form. If you have any questions, please contact Denny Santos (Tel. 347-577-4020 || Email:

Sunday, September 24, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Grand Concourse between Bedford Park and E 202st
(2 blocks from Lehman College)

Bronx 10-Mile

Volunteer at a fluid station and help us celebrate what makes the Bronx a unique, inspiring, and an amazing place to get out and get moving!

Lehman College will take over Fluid station at Mile 3

You must register with NYRR to participate.

Sign up online today!

Go to and register with New York Road Runners (NYRR)

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email. Please follow the link in the email to finish setting up your account. (Can’t find the confirmation email? 
Check your spam folder)

Now, log in to your new account and from the main page select VOLUNTEER

Scroll down and select the volunteering event NYRR FIVE BOROUGH SERIES BRONX 10-MILE

Once the page loads, scroll down and select LEHMAN COLLEGE and click NEXT

Complete the missing information and click ACCEPT AND VOLUNTEER!

We'll see you on Sunday, September 24!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Pelham Bay Park

Come build a green partnership with NYC’s Largest Park!

Pelham Bay Park and Orchard Beach welcome volunteers for GREEN Projects!

Pelham Bay Park is the largest park in New York Citym with a 13 mile coastline, salt marshes, shady forests and sunny meadows, a 19th century historic house, the Hunter Island Marine Zoology and Geology Sanctuary, bridle trails, golf courses, bike paths and the only public beach in the Bronx, Orchard Beach.

Our mission is to help conserve and maintain this green space and preserve its natural beauty for everyone to enjoy. Would your students like to become part of the parks enrichment experience? Join us in helping to care for this Bronx treasure.

For us to keep this park looking good it takes support from volunteers throughout our community. That is YOU! We have something for everyone!

Pelham Bay Park leaf and weed removal/Bulb planting for Spring

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

11:00am to 3:00pm

Table in Front of Book Store

Organ Donor Donation Day

Put on your cape, superhero! It's time to register to participate in the third annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day on Wednesday, October 4th! It's our day to sign up as many lifesaving organ donors as possible in a single day. For the past two years, your work has contributed to the success of this event and together, over two days, we registered over 7,000 organ donors. That is an impressive feat!

But we aren't stopping there. We want to add to that total in 2017 and need your help to do it! Every participant is vital to driving more enrollments and every enrollment is vital to helping save more lives.

Register now to participate in the 3rd Annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Various Days in October


Music Building Cafeteria Cove

These are the following dates:

10/10/17:10:00 AM -12:00 PM
10/12/17: 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
10/16/17: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
10/17/17: 10:00 AM -12:00 PM
10/19/17: 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Craft of Caring: Trick or Treat Bags for 
Lehman’s Child Care Center

Come and decorate Trick or Treat bags for Halloween to be donated to the Lehman College Child Care Center. The children will travel around campus to trick-or-treat with bags that you have created!

You do not need to pre-register.

To participate please visit our Craft of Caring table in the Student Cafeteria, Music Building.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time: 10 am to 1pm

Where: in the South Woodlands (Pelham South)

Tree planting with NRG/Stewardship Program

Join the Friends of Pelham Bay Park and get your hands dirty keeping the park clean

come volunteer in our park!

What: Removing invasive plants
When: Saturday, Oct. 28th
Time: 10 am to 1pm
Where: in the South Woodlands (Pelham South)

To sign up:  Register here:

No experience necessary. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear and a long-sleeved shirt, and bring water and lunch.

For more information, or to check for a weather-related cancellation, contact me or the Trail Committee chairperson Nilka Martell at or 347-992-2860.

Thank you and hope to see you there

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM

Location: Orchard Beach

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – American Cancer Society

The fight to end breast cancer starts with a single step. When you walk and raise money for a Making Strides Against Cancer event, you will help bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer and their loved ones. No matter how breast cancer has affected you, your participation in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will move you.

Walk with Lehman College! Fundraise and walk with us to help make this breast cancer’s last century!

You must register to participate in this event.

Online Registration:

- Visit
- Under "FIND A TEAM" enter the team name: Lehman Lightning
- Once the page loads, click on the team name and then click "JOIN OUR TEAM" and complete the form
- We'll see you on Sunday, October 15!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Volunteers must arrive at 9:30am

Meet Up Location: Child Care Center

Parade Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm - Lehman College

Child Care Center Halloween Parade

Make a child’s day! Volunteer to help escort trick-or-treaters from the Child Care Center around campus. On the day of the parade, if it is not raining, we will be taking the children to the different departments and offices on campus alongside the teachers at the Center. There are 64 children in total and we would like as many volunteers as possible.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM 

Location: Hudson River Park at West 24th Street

All interested volunteers can register at

  • The event is at Hudson River Park- Pier 64, West 24th Street at 12 pm, but volunteers will be asked to arrive at 10am.
  • The 5k and Family Day is open to the public so please invite your friends and families!
  • Volunteers will be provided breakfast before the race.
  • If volunteers need volunteer hours for school or a program, I will be happy to sign off.
  • Volunteers are recommended to wear comfortable shoes

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: South Field

Fun Run/Walk & Turkey Trot


Participate in our Annual Turkey Trot to benefit the Lehman L.I.F.E. Alternative Break Scholarship Program.

$5 for Students, $10 for Faculty, Staff and Community Members.

The Leaders Involved for Everyone (Lehman L.I.F.E.) alternative break community service-learning program is designed to raise students’ awareness of issues and needs existing in local and global communities, and to foster effective action through volunteer work. Lehman L.I.F.E. students must raise 100% of their program fees, volunteer for at least 25 hours in our very own community in order to even qualify to apply, learn grassroots fundraising techniques and attend weekly cross-cultural education training.

During the trip, the students partner with non-profit organizations and their leaders to assist in local community development. The cycle of service continues and expands as students bring their experiences back to benefit their own communities, in the Bronx and the greater New York City area.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Giving Tuesday

CUNYTUESDAY is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. #CUNYTUESDAY is an initiative of CUNY to benefit the students at our 24 college campusus

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. We've created a directory to help you find organizations, charities, events and more in your own community

Wednesday December 6, 2017

Time: 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM 

Location: Old Gym Building

Sponsored by the Acacia Network and the Office of Community Engagement & New Student Programs

Acacia Holiday Gift Wrapping

Enjoy gift wrapping? Volunteer to wrap donated gifts for the children of the Acacia Network!

Please visit us in the Old Gym Building. You do not need to pre-register.


Friday, December 22, 2017

Volunteer Shift #1: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Volunteer Shift #2: 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Faculty Dining

Room, Music Building

Sponsored by the Acacia Network and the Office of Community Engagement & New Student Programs

Acacia Holiday Festival
Do you love to spread holiday cheer? Join us for the Acacia Holiday Festival! We will be helping children and youth of the Acacia Network celebrate the holidays.

As a volunteer you will help lead one of the following planned activities: ¨ Henna ¨ Face Painting ¨ Limbo ¨ Cookie Decorating ¨ Station for Stockings ¨ Photo with Santa and Craft Decoration of Photo Frames ¨ Holiday Movie

The Acacia Network's vision of healthy communities is deeply connected to quality housing. Their goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment for every individual combined with opportunities for ownership. Their transitional housing covers 750 individual family units and 3 buildings for 475 single adults. Their dedicated team works in collaboration with the New York City Department of Homeless Services to return


Ongoing Service Projects

Current Partners:

Bronx Health Corps Volunteer Program
The Children's Aid Society
Harlem RBI
JASA ( Jewish Association Serving the Aging)
LIFT the Bronx
NDA - Opportunity Youth
Reading Partners - New York
Urban Knights Chess



September 2017 - June 2018
Ongoing Event

Bronx Health Corps Volunteer Program

R.A.I.N., Inc. is recruiting 60 community members to be part of a new and very exciting Bronx Health Corps project aimed at educating 800 Bronx seniors on a range of health topics. The Bronx Health Corps is part of a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant designed to promote wellness and healthy aging among Bronx older adults. This project is a partnership between the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) at the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, Montefiore Health System and R.A.I.N., Inc.

The primary role of a Bronx Health Corps volunteer is to educate Bronx older adults on one of the following health topics:
• Asthma Management
• Healthy Diet, Exercise, and Stress Management
• Living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
• Healthy Heart
• Diabetes Management

Volunteers will select one of the above topics and then receive training on the selected topic. This training will equip the volunteers to provide education sessions for older adults at a Bronx-based senior center or community site. The material will be engaging, interactive and fun! Prior knowledge of these topics is not required.

Contact Information:
Jeffrey Lucas - Program Manager
Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program

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September 2017 - June 2018
Ongoing Event

The Children’s Aid Society

Under the supervision of a Program Director and/or Site Director, Success Mentors will work with chronically absent youth to address the barriers keeping them from going to school every day- and to help them reach their educational outcomes. They will help to identify the causes of poor attendance, which may include family struggles or poor health, and work with CAS staff and DOE to seek solutions. Success mentors may also be asked to work directly with groups of youth, lead activities, and organize events.


  • Have a caseload of 15-20 youth and are matched with their mentees for a full year.

  • Meet and greet matched youth each morning/afternoon when they arrive at school or program site; make early morning phone calls to absent students.

  • Track attendance and celebrate improvements.

  • Meet with mentees regularly, both one-one and in small groups, to check in on how school is going and listen to youth’s needs.

  • Work with school and site leadership to identify appropriate interventions to support and engage the mentee.

  • Seek advice and identify targeted sources of youth or family supports from appropriate school staff and community-based partners under the direction of the Site Director.

  • Keep notes about youth attendance patterns, needs and interventions-make sure monitoring of data strategic.

  • Attend (or be represented at) weekly/bi-weekly student success meetings to share any best practices or challenges and to present a summary of how youth are doing.

  • When working with groups of youth develop and maintain an effective system of classroom management that encourages children to develop pro-social behavior and self-discipline.

  • Communicate regularly with Program/Site Director or other designated CAS personnel regarding needs and supplies to support chronically absent youth.

Required Academic and Experience Qualifications

  • Experience working with student populations in grade 1-8

  • A demonstrated ability to motivate, stimulate and challenge students to commit, participate, and remain engaged throughout program

  • Members must be at least 17 years old and at least a senior in high school

All members must be approved to work in DOE school as determined by Department of Health and/or Department of Education through an FBI criminal background check. Potential members must be clear of any sexual offense charges as determined through an online check of the National Sex offender Registry.

For more information, please visit

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September 2017 - June 2018
Ongoing Event

Harlem RBI

Harlem RBI is a sports-based youth development organization based in East Harlem.

We are in need of Volunteer Baseball/Softball Coaches (one weekday practice and one weekend game for a commitment of 4-8 hours a week) and Volunteer T-Ball Coaches(six consecutive Saturdays for 2 hours starting on July 9th until August 13th). Each of these volunteer roles is essential to ensure the academic success of our youth!

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, or in learning more about volunteering at Harlem RBI, please let us know by applying online or by email us at

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September 2017 - June 2018
Ongoing Event

JASA ( Jewish Association Serving the Aging)
Founded in 1968, JASA’s mission is to sustain and enrich the lives of the aging in the New York metropolitan area so that they can remain in the community with dignity and autonomy. JASA is one of New York’s largest and most trusted agencies serving older adults in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Long Island. Day in and day out, JASA provides life sustaining programs for seniors and peace of mind for their families and friends, through:


Adult Protective Services Legal Assistance
Advocacy Training Mental Health Services
Affordable Housing Naturally Occurring
Caregiving Support Retirement Communities (NORCs)
Case Management Nutritious Home Delivered Meals
Cultural + Education Programs Senior Centers
Elder Abuse Prevention Social Adult Day Care
Information + Referral Services Volunteer Activities
JASACare Home Care Services  

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September 2017 - June 2018
Ongoing Event


The Class of 2034 is counting on you!

  • Work with preschool children on language, literacy, and social-emotional skills

  • Earn Federal Work-Study or course credit*

  • Receive professional training in early education

  • Serve 10-12 hours per week with a team of your peer

  • Receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award following your service*

  • Join a diverse service network, including over 36,000 alumni

*Subject to eligibility and varies by location

Apply today at

For more information contact Tiffany Bolling
Tel: 347-577-4057

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September 2017 - June 2018
Ongoing Event

LIFT the Bronx

LIFT’s mission is to help community members achieve economic stability and well-being.

LIFT Advocate

LIFT seeks driven independent leaders to serve as Advocates. Advocates work one-on-one with low-income community members (LIFT clients) to find jobs, secure housing, enroll in public benefits, and obtain referrals for services like childcare and healthcare. Advocates are also responsible for supporting the day-to-day operation of LIFT. We look for individuals who are passionate about community development and are committed to LIFT’s anti-poverty mission.

How to Apply

Please fill out LIFT-The Bronx Advocate Application and send a resume and thoughtful cover letter to Chelsea Richardson at

Must Speak English Fluently.

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Apply Now!

NDA - Opportunity Youth Program

(Fedcap in Partnership with Department of Youth and Community Development Program)

The NDA - Opportunity Youth program offers work-readiness training and counseling, paid short-term work experience, and opportunities for career exploration. This program is designed for individuals ages 16-24 who are currently unemployed and out of school. Participants must reside in Community District 12/NDA-12 (Allerton, Baychester, Co-op City, White plains Road, Gunhill Road sections of the North Bronx ONLY).

Cycle #2 Begins: January - June (Apply Now!)

Program includes:

  • Work-readiness training, counseling, referrals for resources, retention and paid work experience for opportunity youth
  • 10 hours per week of paid work experience at worksites ranging from; hospitals, mailrooms, parks & recreation centers, pet grooming facilities, banquet halls and charitable organizations.
  • Transportation for the first two weeks of work provided and upon request

Location: 1015 East Gunhill Road Bronx, NY 10469 (Cross St.  -Paulding Ave)


  • #2/#5 train to Gunhill Road, #28, #30, #38 buses to Gunhill & Paulding Ave
  • #41 bus, #39 bus, #8 bus, Bee line #60 bus

For more information please contact Tiffany Branch, Project Coordinator @ 646.499.1829

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September 2017 - June 2018
Ongoing Event

Every Tuesday

4:15PM - 6:00PM in Manhattan

Publicolor – Enhancing Education through the Environment

Seeking students who are interested in tutoring middle and high school students ages 13 -18 years old, in academic subjects ranging from Math,English, and The SAT’s.

For more information, please visit

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September 2017 - June 2018
Ongoing Event

Reading Partners - New York

Join a movement of New Yorkers supporting elementary students in their communities by becoming a Reading Partner in a local elementary school!

The Reading Partners program is designed for volunteers with no prior tutoring experience. You will be provided with an easy-to-follow curriculum, with the support of a full-time Reading Partners site coordinator. Reading Partners is currently recruiting volunteer tutors to across 17 school partners to serve 920 students this year.

Volunteer Highlights:

  • No formal teaching or tutoring experience needed
  • Commit just 1-2 hours a week
  • Reading Centers are open Monday-Thursday during convenient daytime hours across 17 elementary schools
  • A highly effective, easy to follow curriculum
  • In- person training and on-site support from a full time staff member
  • The opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must be English proficient
  • Must have US SSN
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of one hour per week.

Contact our community engagement team at 646 402 6284 or You can also sign up at

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September 2017 - June 2018
Ongoing Event

NY Senior Medicare Patrol

The NY Senior Medicare Patrol works to empower and assist seniors to protect themselves against healthcare fraud, learn to detect errors in their medical statements and report Medicare & Medicaid abuse when suspected. Volunteers have an amazing opportunity to gain some valuable skills including public speaking, counseling, advocacy and education. Volunteers can work both one-on-one seniors, helping them to resolve issues of potential fraud and out in the community, educating large groups on how they can prevent themselves from being scammed. 


This is a year-long volunteer program, with quarterly networking events and continuing webinars offered! Each volunteer is comprehensively trained before beginning any work. There is also opportunity for volunteers to be paired with volunteer mentors throughout their time with Senior Medicare Patrol! For further information on training. applications and start dates, please contact Victoria Thornton, 212-398-6565 ext 235 or


September 2017 - June 2018
Ongoing Event

Mobile food pantry project

(stats from Coalition For the Homeless) NYC has reached the highest levels of homelessness since the great depression. In May of 2017 over sixty-one thousand homeless people were accounted for in the shelter system. 24,000 children over 15,000 single adults and over 15,000 families are plague by homelessness. They are a few thousands of unsheltered homeless sleeping on the street that go unaccounted for. 


As housing programs continue to aggressively get cut, shelters service are faltering, public housing units construction at a halt and New York State unwillingness to work with New York City to combat this crisis. its undoubtably growing and like anything that keeps persisting it can only get worse if we don’t act with urgency.


If we as a community come together the possibility of lifting someone spirits, provide a hot meal as well as information to help them get out of their situation we come closer to ending this epidemic that can plague anyone.


My project Food 4 good thought stem from me working in restaurants and witnessing massive amount of food go in the trash. I always thought to myself; "why don’t they feed the homeless.” I want to create a mobile food pantry service to be able to provide a service to those individuals who are unaccounted for and let them know that We Care.


With the project still in its infancy They way I want to establish these mobile food pantries is by having a 3 day event call We Care to raise funds for the mobile homes/vans. I will start a campaign on line with a #WeCare to start bringing awareness to the crisis. 


I will need student volunteers:


To reach out to local business/ restaurants/store fronts/ local farms to donate.

To take pictures and do a small documentary on NYC Unsheltered in order to bring awareness

To help organize the event and help feed the homeless

To help bring awareness through social media/press


If you need more information or want to know more about the event/project. I can be contacted by: 


Adavie Gutierrez


Cell: (917) 500-7570


September 2017 - June 2018
Ongoing Event

The Guardianship Project’s new friendly visiting


The Guardianship Project’s new friendly visiting program aims to provide our clients with more frequent, friendly interaction. Social interaction among the elderly and disabled greatly improves not only their quality of life, but their physical and mental health. Volunteers will offer clients with yet another friendly face from The Guardianship Project. This position helps extend the resources of The Guardianship Project to better assist our clients.

Title: Friendly Visitor

Work location: Variable (dependent on client location)

Purpose of the position:

The visiting volunteer will serve as a companion to clients of The Guardianship Project. Volunteers will engage clients in activities like reading a book, talking, or just being a friendly face. Volunteers will be matched to clients on a 1:1 basis, and will visit weekly.

Volunteers will visit clients weekly – for at least 30 minutes each time. Visits will take place in the residence where the client resides.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Complete initial orientation/training and attend quarterly meetings of volunteers (quarterly sessions are optional unless otherwise noted)
  • Establish a friendly relationship with an adult with multiple disabilities
  • Engage clients in activities pertaining to their interests
  • Offer companionship and friendship
  • Visit clients weekly and provide friendly social interaction
  • Notify the volunteer coordinator in a timely manner of any concerns about clients or absences from visits
  • Provide ongoing communication to the Volunteer Coordinator


  • Good listening skills; friendliness, patience and tact
  • Must be dependable and punctual
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a wide variety of individuals, including people with significant physical and mental impairments and varying socio-economic backgrounds
  • Ability to hold information in confidence
  • Strong desire to help people and to further the goals of the monitoring project
  • Willingness to provide own transportation to make visits
  • Experience with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness is not required
  • Background check required

Volunteer feedback:

Feedback is essential for maintaining the success of our program. After each client visit volunteers are expected to fill out and return to the Volunteer Coordinator, via email, our feedback form.

Age requirement:

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Commitment expected:

A commitment of at least 6 months is expected. Contribute 2-4 hours per month; flexible schedule depending on clients’ schedules.


  • Volunteers must attend an initial Guardianship Project orientation and training session
  • Ongoing support is tailored to each volunteers’ needs
  • Ongoing trainings are held every 12 weeks, and are optional for attendance
  • Training and supervision provided by Rebecca Dealy, Volunteer Coordinator

Rebecca Dealy
Volunteer Coordinator- The Guardianship Project

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