“ We are individuals, we are your children, your mothers and fathers, your brothers and sisters. We come together from different backgrounds, different situations. Some of us held jobs from all the rungs of the corporate ladder. Some of us sacrificed years protecting our county. No matter where we come from, we were humbled due to circumstances beyond our control. Our dreams and fears held us captive. We felt like a burden. Our dreams and fears don’t hold us captive anymore. By volunteering we are free, we have worth. Giving of our time frees us of our burdens. Being able to make a difference changes us for the better. We aren’t asking for recognition. Though when given it we shine even brighter. We are a group of individuals who only want to make our world a better place. WE ARE THE TRIPLE R VOLUNTEER CORPS” BY: CHARLEY GREENE In the words of a volunteer …
APPROXIMATELY 20% OF THE POPULATION IS DISABLED IN SOME WAY. A person who experiences a physical or mental impairment which has a significant long term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day to day activities is disabled. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE DISABLED?
Disabled people experience exclusion from mainstream volunteer opportunities due to: environmental, attitudinal and organizational barriers… rather than the affects of their impairments.
VISUALLY IMPAIRED volunteers may need extra helps or programs to enlarge the screens of computers, magnifiers, braille, large print or audiotapes.
MOBILITY IMPAIRED volunteers use wheelchairs, canes, walkers or scooters as aids. They need easy access to areas they will use. Their aids are their property and should not be leaned on or grabbed inappropriately. Don’t give assistance unless they asked for it. Always try to address them at eye level. Sit down if they are in a wheelchair. If you are standing, stand back so they aren’t uncomfortable looking up.
LEARNING DISABLED volunteers might need things repeated . They may need to be coached or mentored. It is important to make every volunteer feel accepted. Match the task with the volunteer to insure success.
SPEECH IMPAIRED volunteers can be among the most excluded in our society. It is a common misconception that people who cannot talk, can’t think either. That is totally wrong. Oftentimes they just need pencil and paper or a computer to communicate their needs. Ask them to repeat what they are saying or go more slowly, but never tell them you understand them if you don’t. Some people have communication boards or mats…or even synthesizers to help their communication.
STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT PEOPLE WITH MENTAL, DEVELOPMENTAL OR PHYSICAL DISABILITIES ARE UNAWARE OF RESOURCES IN THE COMMUNITY… HOW CAN WE BETTER REACH OUT TO THEM?
7. Concentrate on people’s abilities, not disabilities.
8. Listen to the volunteer, they understand their potential better than you do…don’t assume anything.
9. Include them and make them feel a part of the team.
Remember what the volunteer can do for you and not what you can do for them.
Triple R Volunteer Corps … .is on the move…. …… .Activities Overview Maricopa County Animal Control - Provide basic animal care: walking, feeding and maintaining cages. Given opportunities to watch surgical procedures and training methods. Volunteer is still in position on her own no longer supported by Volunteer Program. Capri Nursing Center - Calling Bingo for the elderly New Life Center - Help with clothing distribution and general upkeep of their Goodyear facility Arizona Humane Society - General animal clean up, maintaining cages, washing out feeding containers Immanuel Gardens Nursing Center – Assisted Activities Director with activities for the elderly and assisted the maintenance crew. St. V i ncent de Paul Mesa and Phoenix - Helping feed the homeless on the food line, cleaning tables, distributing water and cleaning up afterwards. Indian Steel Park Tree Planting - One time activity planting trees at the renovated park. .
DUCKs Downtown Urban Community Kids - Helping with after school program for urban and downtown children. Volunteers help with gym, homework, snacks and reading to the children twice weekly.
Aglow International Conference - Helped General Conference Support Team with stuffing conference packets and general mailings, loading, unloading & setup of equipment at the State Capitol, provided general assistance during the 2-day conference
Sojourner – Unloading, marking and maintaining clothing and household items to benefit abused women and children.
OK Socialites – Distributing materials and greeting
Ozanam Manor - Helped with maintenance at a shelter for homeless men
Sun West Animal Rescue – Assist with general maintenance and care of cats and dogs two days a week
Haven of Hope – Helped with wrapping and collecting Christmas toys for indigent children. Assisted with packing food boxes and care packages for the homeless.