Establishing and operating a Village requires the work of many dedicated people with all types of experience and skills. Whether you have a lot of time to give, or only a little, we can find a role that fits your schedule and interests. There are ample opportunities for fun and rewarding involvement.
Volunteers are essential to the success of the Village at Kentlands & Lakelands. There are two types of volunteering opportunities available to you, both important:
Direct service to members: You might volunteer to do one, or several, of the following: friendly visiting, driving members to appointments, helping with shopping, errands, pet care, computers/gadgets, or doing minor home repairs and small tasks that require climbing or lifting.
Volunteering to help the organization with planning and organizational work: You might, for example, answer the Village phone, help recruit members and volunteers, plan educational programs and/or social events, write for our website, or help with fundraising and development.
In addition to helping others, volunteers are also helping themselves by living active, healthy lives through volunteering. A recent national study reported that volunteers derive great benefit from helping others, making new friends, and making a positive difference in people’s lives. A growing body of research points to mental and physical health benefits associated with volunteering, including lower mortality rates, increased strength and energy, decreased rates of depression, and fewer physical limitations.
Training – This is provided to all volunteers and includes a take away volunteer handbook.
Volunteer drivers – Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles and their own insurance coverage. A copy of the driver’s license, automobile registration, and auto insurance card must be on file in the Village office. Volunteers may report gas and mileage costs as deductible charitable contributions for income tax purposes. If parking fees are incurred while on a volunteer driving assignment, these fees are to be paid by the Village member (the passenger).
Time commitment required – In most cases you can serve on a regular or periodic basis, giving as much or as little time as fits your schedule.
Age limit for volunteers – Anyone age 18 and older is welcome to volunteer.
If you have questions about volunteering, contact our Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-449-9002.