VOLUNTEER INTERESTS DESCRIPTIONS
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INTERESTS (in alphabetical order):
If you choose “ANYTHING”, we promise we won’t give you any job to do that you won’t like. (:
AUTO MECHANIC FOR OUR VEHICLES
We have a 1994 F-150 Ford pick-up and a 2002 Cadillac at Emerson House and a 1996 Ford Expedition SUV at Rochester House. They are in great running condition and we take good care of them. Service is expensive and it would be a miracle to find a volunteer we could call to help with our vehicles, thank you!
Our Residents ride bikes to work. We try to keep 12-15 bikes ready to go at all times at Emerson House. When a bike breaks down, we do our best to fix it but sometimes are forced to just buy another bike. It would be great if we had someone who knew how to fix bikes and to maintain them (occasional tune-ups?) and who could keep an eye out for good used bikes for us. Thank you.
Editing bank transactions, integrating bank transactions into accounting software, assigning each transaction an account, collecting and managing transaction receipts. It’s about 20 hours/month of busy-work but muchly needed if you can commit to it. Of course, we’ll be happy to train you!
COOK FROM HOME AND DELIVER
Cook from home and deliver hot meals. Each of our Houses have one person who cooks dinner every single night and they really need a break. Our Residents love it when community members care to cook for them. We are happy to reimburse $50 of your grocery bill when you cook for both Houses. It’s a fun activity for you and your family and gives your youngsters a chance to do good without getting in harm’s way. We’ll help you with recipe ideas if you’d like! The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach they say!
CREDIT REPAIR ASSISTANCE
If you or someone you know has experience in credit repair, please step forward because this is a big need with our Residents. They are in our Program to take care of their obligations, to repair and prepare, to get positioned in life so that they will never be homeless again. Creditworthiness is so valuable and so will be your help!
This would mostly be at Walmart and Home Depot and only if our Resident Managers needed your help. An order would be placed on-line, and your name would be added as an alternative pick up person. The RM would forward the pick-up notice to you to give you a heads up. You would use your own vehicle and all pick-ups would be in Tracy City limits. When you arrive with the goods to Emerson or Rochester, our Residents would unload your car. It could happen as often as 1 time/week.
DRIVE A RESIDENT TO THE STORE IN TRACY
To a phone store for a new phone or technical support, to Walmart for a new pair of sneakers or work boots for a job, to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription, these rides would be in Tracy City limits only. Most of the time you would get a day or 2 notice and you would drive your own car for this.
DRIVE A RESIDENT TO/FROM APPOINTMENT IN TRACY
During the business day, picking up a Resident at Emerson or Rochester House and driving them to and from an appointment (doctor, dentist, mental health, DMV, etc.) in Tracy City limits only.
DRIVE A RESIDENT TO/FROM APPOINTMENT OUT OF TOWN
During the business day, picking up a Resident at Emerson or Rochester House and driving them to and from an appointment (doctor, dentist, mental health, DMV, etc.) that is outside Tracy City limits such as to Modesto, Manteca, Stockton, sometimes to see a specialist in Pleasanton or San Francisco.
DRIVING MULTIPLE RESIDENTS TO AA, NA OR CELEBRATE RECOVERY MEETINGS
These meetings are in Tracy and schedules are still to be announced as they are resumed after Covid. They are important to our helping our Residents with their sobriety. They are on weekday evenings mostly although sometimes needed on weekends. Pre-Covid schedule was Tuesday and Friday evenings.
FOOD DONATION COORDINATOR
Local grocery stores and restaurants like to help us with food donations but coordinating it is difficult with our small staff.
Most all non-profit organizations operate from funds raised in their communities. Our Organization has never had the time or talent in-house to do this, but we need to now. Anyone with successful fundraising experience would be most welcome!
We have just 1 driver at each House and it would be wonderful to have a “gopher” we could call in a bind to run errands like picking up medications, or something last minute from the grocery store, or to run something or someone from one House to the other.
HELP RESIDENT GET BIRTH CERTIFICATE, ID, SOCIAL SECURITY CARD
We’re experts on this but it’s time-consuming and overwhelming especially when we have 2-3 new Residents in a week. We could sure use some help with this and would call you each time a new Resident comes in and needs this help. Thanks.
HELP RESIDENT TO GET MEDICAL INSURANCE – COMMUNICATION ONLY
We have an insurance broker who helps us with this but information from and to her from our new uninsured Residents needs to be transmitted via e-mail which is often a problem when the Resident has no e-mail or phone.
Our Houses are really nice and not too old but we do have maintenance and repair needs pretty often. And of course those that are safety hazards need immediate attention. If you’re handy, we could sure use you to call on when something is broken or leaking, and we’ll cover all out-of-pocket cost.
We’ve always required annual flu shots and now, of course, all of our Residents are vaccinated for Covid. It would be swell if we had a volunteer who would take charge or all immunizations as it is very time-consuming for us. Thank you.
LEADING/MANAGING OTHER VOLUNTEERS
If you choose this position, you will be taking a big load off the Director as a “one-stop shop” for help. It will require being on-call to reel in a volunteer to perform whatever duty is needed at the time, i.e., you may be called to find a ride to a last-minute doctor appointment or to arrange dinner delivery because our cook is ill, or to send someone to pick up a donated bed.
LEND AN EAR
Sometimes when a Residents gets discouraged or has a personal calamity, they have no one to talk to who can help. Bereavement counselling for example would fall into this listed interest. If you’re the kind of person who knows how to give positive encouragement and uplifting advice and who has a big shoulder, it would be wonderful to have your help.
PUBLIC ASSISTANCE LIAISON
New Residents who come into our Program are eligible for public assistance from San Joaquin County as they have little or no income. Many have come from outside San Joaquin County and need to get their services transferred/established here. Some have never applied for assistance or tried to navigate through the system. If you are knowledgeable about public assistance programs and could spare some time to help, we would sure be grateful!
PUBLICITY/WORKING WITH THE MEDIA
This is a new endeavor to enlighten our community about our services through radio spots, print, and other communication methods. Our Program model is unique and effective to help homeless men and we need community support to do the work. With adequate help, we can do a better job and possibly expand to help more people in need.
RECREATIONAL OUTINGS FOR SENIORS
Coordinate an afternoon bowling time for our seniors. Take a group of our senior Residents to a ball game. Use your imagination and show our seniors a good time. Approved expenses will be advanced or reimbursed.
RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS TO HELP US
We’re on track to have a well-greased system by which many hands will make light work. Historically in our Organization, just a few hands have done it all (see list of volunteer interests again) and although many kind folks have asked to help, we’ve not had a system in place to manage volunteers until now. If you’d like to be in charge of this critical part of our work, to reach out into the Tracy community to find willing participants and encourage them to submit an application, it would be most helpful and appreciated!
New Residents with substance abuse and/or mental health history are required to have an approved chaperone when leaving our premises. This is usually temporary, until we’ve had time to get to know them and trust them to behave when they go out into the Tracy community. Sometimes they just want to go for a walk in the park. Sometimes they’d like to visit their family in Tracy. They need someone to go along, or they can’t go and it’s no fun being stuck in the House all the time. Want to help with this?
RESIDENT HEALTH ADVOCATE
Help a Resident of Emerson and/or Rochester House in Tracy to manage his health. Sometimes this means just helping to make doctor appointments, to find the right doctor, or to check on a medication refill. Sometimes it would be helpful if you would attend appointments and help patient with follow-up and follow-through. A Resident may need surgery and need help understanding everything including all of the pre-op tests and post-op appointments. This is a good volunteer position for someone who has worked in the medical field. Maybe this is what you’ve been looking for?
Sometimes our staff needs help to figure out a “who dun it”. We have 4 surveillance cameras in the common areas at Emerson House so that when we need to know “who dun it”, we can find out. An example is that 2 different times, a stranger hopped our fence and walked out the side gate with one of our bicycles. We were able to see his face on the camera storage and turn it over to the police. It takes a lot of time to go through the video footage and we could really use help with this…looking through video footage to see what’s been going on when we weren’t looking! (:
TEACHING COMPUTER SKILLS
Many of our Residents would benefit from knowing how to get around on a computer from setting up a private folder on our “public” computer where they can store personal information, pictures, medical files, etc. to setting up and using an e-mail account and learning how to use Word and Excel.
Of course everybody would love a nice massage for free but here we’re asking for volunteers to provide professional counselling and other therapies that promote the mental well-being of our Residents.
TUTOR AND/OR HELP GETTING GED
Residents who don’t have a diploma or GED need encouragement, motivation, help navigating the system and help to stay on track once they start classes.
Do you have experience helping your kids decide what they want to be when they grow up? Some of our Residents are starting over. Once they get jobs and start paying off debts and handling their business, they need help to identify their strengths, gifts, talents, etc. so that they can match up with a goal job for their future, something to work toward. That goal may require they go to school or otherwise strengthen their knowledge base and they need some guidance. Is this up your alley? Great opportunity to help someone make progress in their life.
VOLUNTEER DINNER SCHEDULER/COORDINATOR
This volunteer position is in charge of scheduling and coordinating the volunteer cooks. Volunteer cooks would be sent to you and you would give them instructions, calendar their dinner deliveries, and help them with all the details. Some “volunteers” may be cooking for court-ordered community service credit so you would need to keep track of how many times they cook and for which Houses. We give 10 hours of credit when someone cooks dinner for both Houses, or 4 hours for Rochester House and 5 hours for Emerson House. This is a fun job but can keep you busy when everybody decides to volunteer in the same week!!!
WELCOME KIT ASSEMBLY
Each new Resident receives a nice welcome kit. It’s a new backpack filled with lots of toiletries, new towels and wash clothes, a pop-up hamper, shower shoes, hair comb and brush, manicure kit, sewing kit, etc… Altogether, about 20 different items are in each backpack. We make up the welcome kits 24 at a time and do that several times each year. It’s a big job and we could use your help if this sounds like something you’d like to do! Thank you!