Current Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. Wilder Volunteers Make an Impact by supporting our mission in a variety of ways for both Individuals and Groups:

Administrative

Administrative Support: We are looking to have administrative support to help in an endeavor by researching our current list of vendors and reporting back on their status based on the criteria we assign. This project can be done from home and will be completed by the end of August. Strong communications skills and data entry experience required.

Community Engagement

Your Home, Your Neighborhood

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 5, and the annual festivities represent the kind of community spirit that make a neighborhood a better place to live. This year we are seeking 50 volunteers to help raise awareness about ways that neighbors can support both caregivers and older adults needing care in their areas. Volunteers will talk with residents about the small ways they can assist community members, as well as connecting them with local caregiver resources.

We are looking for friendly, outgoing individuals with the desire to be good neighbors and who are comfortable striking up conversations. Wilder will provide a one-hour training to help volunteers prepare. Volunteers will spend 2-3 hours doing Caregiver Awareness Outreach depending on the duration of the Night Out activities in their neighborhood. No prior knowledge of caregiver resources is necessary, and this is a great opportunity to spread the word about caregiving support.

Twitter, Facebook, Chats, and Blogging – Let’s Connect!

Love social media and its potential to communicate for good in an instant? Caregiver Services seeks a highly motivated individual with social media expertise, a passion for building social communities, and excellent customer service skills to help build our presence on the Internet. The Social Media volunteer will assist Wilder expand its Caregiver Services presence by engaging caregivers through tweets, social networks, blogs, real-time chats, webinars, forums, etc. Being a Social Media volunteer provides caregivers with access to networks for caregiving resources, while honing your communication skills.

I’ve Been in Your Shoes

The Peer Support (P.S.): I Understand program partners former caregivers with current caregivers to provide an understanding listener who has been in the situation of caregiving. After an initial in-person meeting, P.S. volunteers will connect monthly with current caregivers via phone to listen and offer support. P.S. volunteers will also receive training prior to being matched with current caregivers.

Reach Out and Check-in With Someone

Join our caregiver services team, by reaching out caregivers. Volunteers make check-in calls to people caring for family members or friends. If the caregiver needs information on caregiving resources or services, they’re referred to our social work staff. Our team will train you and be present during calling hours providing assistance. Pick up the phone and reach out to a caregiver!

Serving Seniors, Enriching Lives

Volunteer Dining Room Assistants help the Wilder Adult Day Health staff with meal set-up, service, and clean-up during dining times. The rewards are many – forming relationships and enriching the lives of the people we serve. Work out a schedule of dates and times that fits your availability with our program coordinator.

Delivering Warm Meals, Warm Smiles

Brighten someone's day delivering a hot meal and an anticipated visit from a familiar face. We are seeking Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers to deliver noon meals to older adults and those with limited mobility in the St. Paul area. Meals of Wheels visits mean so much to those in need, and routes typically take less than an hour.

Volunteer drivers are needed Monday-Friday on a daily or weekly basis, whatever your schedule permits. Join our team of volunteer drivers and spread a little sunshine!

Education

Caregiver Awareness Outreach: On August 5, 2014, volunteers are needed to attend the National Night Out festivities in their respective neighborhoods to help raise awareness about ways neighbors can support people caregiving and older adults needing care in their neighborhoods. Volunteers will talk to their neighbors about small ways they can help out fellow community members as well as connect them with nearby resources. We are looking for friendly, outgoing individuals with a desire to be good neighbors and who don’t mind striking up conversations. A one-hour training will be provided to help you prepare, and volunteers will spend about 2-3 hours, depending on the duration of events in your area, doing outreach on National Night Out. No prior knowledge of caregiving resources is necessary.”

Group Activities

Back to School Campaign: We are in need of volunteers to help pack and sort supplies for over 700 backpacks. The campaign will kids start school with confidence. We are sorting and packing on August 18-August 22nd. If you have a small group that would like to participate please contact us at volunteers@wilder.org for more information.

Don't See What You're Looking For?

Sometimes volunteers are looking for an opportunity to use their own special skills to serve the Foundation and our community in a unique way that we haven't advertised. If you would like to volunteer with us, but you don't see the type of opportunity you're looking for, please contact us.

Examples of skills individuals have offered:

  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Event Planning
 
Email volunteers@wilder.org if you are interested in volunteering. Thank you!
 

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