Being A Friend

Helping Hands Being a Friend – Imagine that you are ninety-one years old. Your spouse died six months ago, your children do not live nearby, most of your friends have moved or passed away. A recent Brigham Young University study found that loneliness was a stronger predictor of early death than obesity or a sedentary lifestyle and as strong a predictor as alcoholism and a fifteen pack per day smoking habit.

Get Involved, Give Back, and Make an Impact by Being A Friend

Volunteers are matched with socially isolated seniors, we call them “neighbors”, for regular in-home visits and telephone reassurance. Volunteer placements will take into consideration volunteer availability, the neighbors need, and the distance between their homes.

Friendly Visitors: Volunteers make regular, one-on-one visits and calls to a socially isolated seniors they’ve been matched with.

Lunch Buddy Volunteers: Volunteers and Buddies share a weekly meal, prepared by Campus Kitchen at UGA, at the Buddy’s home.

Becoming a Helping Hands Volunteer – The first step toward becoming a Helping Hands Volunteer is to submit the appropriate paperwork. There are five items to be reviewed and completed in order for you to begin service. All paperwork is available in hard copy form at ACCA or is readily available online.

  1. ACCA Volunteer Registration Form: Please complete. This form can be submitted electronically or as a hard copy.
  2. Helping Hands Enrollment Form:  Please complete.
  3. ACCA Background Check: Please complete. Volunteers must complete and pass a Background Check. If you will be transporting clients as a volunteer, we also include an MVR check with the background check. Although the agency cost of the background check is $35, this fee is waived for Helping Hands volunteers.
  4. ACCA Volunteer Handbook Rev 2013: Please read in its entirety and then sign and submit the final three pages: Confidentiality Agreement, Handbook Acknowledgement, and Photo Release.
  5. Client Protection Assurances Training: This interactive, online training module provides potential volunteers with the training necessary to recognize and follow HIPAA guidelines, protect client confidentiality as well as adequately understand ACCA’s Code of Ethics and each individual client’s rights and responsibilities. Following completion of the online training module, you must successfully submit and pass the training quiz at the end of the presentation.  This training will take 20-30 minutes to complete.

Upon receipt of these items and following a satisfactory Background Check, Helping Hands staff will review your submitted information. Once approved, we will contact you and set up a time for volunteer orientation and any other additional trainings required for the volunteer job (see job descriptions for more information).

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