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JOIN A REMARKABLE PROGRAMFamily
Friends is a national program that matches adult men and women with families who have children with disabilities and chronic
illnesses. Family Friends has also reached out to families who are
homeless, grandparents raising grandchildren and other at-risk families.
Friends volunteers are caring, positive adults who know all about
life's challenges. By reading a book or playing a game with a child,
listening to a concerned parent or accompanying the family to
appointment, they strengthen and support families.
Friends projects nationwide have both public and private nonprofit
sponsors, such as schools, hospitals, social service agencies, and
aging and disability services organizations.
BECOME A FAMILY FRIEND
You can work your whole life and wonder whether you've made a difference.
Family Friends make a difference in just a few hours a week.
If you want to feel fulfilled, gain a new perspective on life, and open your heart to new relationships, please join us.
Share Your Skills
of any age can apply their experience and skills to Family Friends in
many different ways: joining an advisory council, gathering resource
materials, raising funds or recruiting participants. Skilled program
staffs match individuals' talents, interests, and availability with a
role that fits.
Friends receive pre-service and ongoing training, support from
experienced staff, recognition, liability insurance, and the chance to
interact with like-minded, caring and committed people. Persons may
participate individually or on a team. Schedules are flexible to meet
Opportunities for Volunteers for Family Friends:
Become a friend to the child, siblings, and parents. Support the
individual as a companion and friend. Provide appropriate nurturing
activities that enhance the child's life experiences. Gently promote
adaptive and positive behavior. Develop social skills, self-image and
self-esteem. Dynamic and sensitive engagement with the child's family,
while respecting the family's organizational and value system. Include
siblings when appropriate Provide respite to parents, if they choose to
take a break from child care during your visit.
are encouraged to attend monthly Family Friends meetings. Maintain
communication with Family Friends regarding progress and help for any
problems that may arise with individual or family. Be a liaison between
matched family and Family Friends Program. Inservice trainings are
provided to help maintain match and support volunteers. Trainers, such
as, psychologists, doctors, and speech therapists provide training on
periodic services to special needs classes and or individuals in
elementary, middle school, high school or technical schools, under the
direction and in coordination with teachers and staff. Provide music,
art, crafts, reading or story telling services.
appropriate, in accordance with volunteer's education and experiences,
help to develop social, intellectual, emotional, and or vocational
skills for children.
Group Home or Residential Facilities
Assist and support house parents and social workers with child clients
directly or thru activities. Assist and support staff in providing
cleaning, cooking, recreation, sports, games, shopping and
organizational tasks. If interested in RTF'S - inquire about mentoring.
Other types of Volunteer Opportunities
Administrative support: Telephone calls, filing case notes, update records on the computer, make calendars.
Grant applications: Use skills to assist with writing grant proposals.
Fund raising: Use skills or experiences to work With civic, business and entertainment communities in order to
raise funds or provide services for Family Friends.
Marketing: Assist in recruiting new volunteers For the Family Friends Program.