Thank you for your interest in joining our family of volunteers at Abraham House. Volunteers provide caring and compassion to our Home. There are no minimal hours required to volunteer. Volunteering at Abraham House should fit around your schedule and what works best for you. We say we never want volunteering at Abraham House to feel like a burden. We want it to be a meaningful, rewarding and joyful experience. We provide one-to-one mentoring for our new volunteers. “On-the-job” training seems to be the best way for volunteers to learn about Abraham House and what we do on a daily basis.
Each person brings their own gifts and talents to our Home. Volunteers can have various roles including but not limited to: fundraising, clerical support, gardening, etc. Volunteers may also serve as “Buddies” or “Surrogate Caregivers” in our Home. Buddies provide companionship and support to our guests and assist with household activities. Surrogate Caregivers provide direct personal care to Abraham House’s terminally ill guests. See examples below of the possible roles of Buddies and Surrogate Caregivers.
Volunteers as Buddies
- Sit with our guest even when guest is sleeping-just our presence is important to say I care enough to be here with you
- Visit with guest (when the present is so difficult, it can be helpful for people to reminisce about happier times, i.e. what it was like growing up, how they met their spouse, jobs they had or places they have traveled to, etc.
- Read the newspaper, watch TV or listen to music with our guests
- Offer guest to get them a snack/drink
- Assist with personal care only if comfortable
- Assist our caregivers with personal care only if comfortable
- Light Housekeeping- Everything that you need done in your house, we need done in ours
- Answer the door & greet guest’s family/friends
- Answer the phone
Volunteers as Surrogate Caregivers
- Ensures needed care is provided for our guest’s ultimate comfort, dignity and care
- Provides needed care either for a two hour or a four hour shift
- Administers medications (we provide training on how and when to give medications)
- Ensures light meals/snacks are provided as appropriate to the guests
- Provides emotional support to guests and families
Please complete the Volunteer Application either on-line or DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION and send to Abraham House, 1203 Kemble Street, Utica, NY 13501. You may also call Abraham House at 315.733.8210 to request an application be sent to you. Thank you for your interest in Abraham House and your willingness to share your time with us and our terminally ill guests.