SASI thrives on community volunteers to assist with programs and is currently seeking new volunteers to help us serve older adults, their families and care providers in our communities.
SASI office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5pm
The SASI office is conveniently located in Evanston a few blocks from the Foster Purple Line or the Davis Street transportation terminal. There is a free parking lot and non-metered street parking.
We are a small and friendly office. If you have other skills you believe would help us in our mission please contact us at email@example.com or 847-864-7274.
All volunteers must complete an application and be willing to undergo a criminal background check.
Below you will find a list of volunteer opportunities that are typically available. If you find one of interest, complete the application form below.
Volunteer Opportunities Available
Senior Connections Friendly Visitor
Friendly visitors meet with their new senior friend for one hour a week to go for walk, sit and talk, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea together, or even go out to eat or shop. Staff will facilitate a match with a compatible senior and personally introduce a volunteer to the senior. This flexible one hour, once a week volunteer opportunity allows you to visit when it works best for you and your senior friend. A two-hour training is required to get started.
Throughout the year, SASI has several significant events for donors, volunteers, care recipients and friends. These events include fundraisers and luncheons. These episodic opportunities allow volunteers to get involved as little or as much as time allows.
Additionally, if you are interested in event planning, SASI is looking for a volunteer member to join a fundraising planning committee for a benefit in May 2019. Serving on this committee includes six monthly meetings from Dec 2018-June 2019.
Tech Assistance for Seniors
SASI volunteers lead a monthly drop-in technology class for older adults at the Evanston Public Library (Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.) Volunteers are needed to assist older adults in the class from 11:00am-1:00pm, on the third Thursday of the month. There are usually up to 25 people seeking assistance with tech support for their cell phones (Apple and Android), tablets, laptops (Apple and PC), and other tech devices. We currently have a long-time volunteer lead, who supports the other volunteers. This is a great opportunity for undergrad and grad students, recent retirees, and anyone with excellent tech skills to help out their community two hours a month.
This volunteer will reach out to isolated older adults, via phone calls, to help alleviate loneliness and isolation by providing personal connection, and to provide information on community resources as appropriate. Volunteers will call the same older adults every week, so consistent attendance is a must. Training and a standardized script is provided and calls are generally kept to 10 minutes. Volunteers are expected to write clear notes about calls, particularly about issues that may arise, any referrals given, and to always follow up on any previously discussed issues in the next call. Time commitment is 1-2 hours a week for a total of 8 hours a month.
• Understand that follow up calls may occur with older adult participants for quality control.
• Demonstrate empathy and active listening skills
• Demonstrate diplomacy and tact when communicating verbally
• Maintain calm in sometimes difficult conversations
Office volunteers assist with transcription, blog posting, social media, file management, format print and e-communication, computer help, data entry, scanning and shredding documents, assemble mailings and the like.
Time commitment of two (2) hours a week during office hours of Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5pm; flexible regarding days and times. Experience with computers and Microsoft Office is a plus.
The SASI intern supports the development, delivery and maintenance of programs to our care recipients. Activities may include special projects, engaging with volunteers, assist with event planning, conduct research on aging population and best practices, collect stories of client, volunteer and staff experiences, support archiving, record keeping and database management as well as other general office duties. Intern must be available 4 to 16 hours a week, during business hours of Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, and occasional evenings and weekends. SASI has the flexibility to work with a variety of academic majors/minors.
Requirements for all volunteer opportunities
- Understand SASI’s mission.
- Complete a volunteer application and provide personal references.
- Be willing to undergo a criminal background check (provided at no cost to volunteer).
- Commit to maintaining confidentiality and providing quality, culturally competent services to all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, economic background, religious beliefs, age or ability.
- Sign a confidentiality agreement and be willing to undergo a criminal background check (provided at no cost to volunteer).
- Positive attitude and strong interest in working with older adults and nonprofits.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Display initiative and openness to new ideas.
- Strong professional ethics and recognition of client confidentiality.
- Able to work well with all styles and personalities.
- Able to follow directions and work independently on tasks or projects.
If interested in making a new connection with a local older adult in our Senior Connections program please contact Jonathan Tague at firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other volunteer opportunities please fill out a volunteer application form (see below) on our website or contact Deborah Jones-Miller at email@example.com
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