The descriptions below should give you a better understanding of the general responsibilities of each volunteer role listed on our volunteer application. It is perfectly acceptable if you cannot perform certain duties listed in a particular group but would still like to participate in other aspects of it. We will discuss these at your volunteer interview. Our goal is to make this a positive experience for YOU, the volunteer, as well as fulfilling the needs of the Pathway Home of The Finger Lakes.
Resident Care volunteers will provide basic personal care such as assisting with bathing, oral care, toileting, skin care, ambulation, exercise and anything else deemed appropriate by the nurse. This may also include assisting with daily household tasks, making meals based on resident preference, administering medications, and providing a clean and safe environment by following the policies and procedures of the home.
Resident Companion volunteers provide assistance to the resident care-giver. They may also assist with daily household tasks as described above but will not be involved in the physical personal care of the resident except to assist with turning and repositioning, if needed.
Housekeeping volunteers meet many of the household needs. Some duties include cleaning, dusting, cooking, laundry, dishes, and checking supplies.
Grounds/Maintenance volunteers meet the maintenance needs of the yard and house. This can consist of general gardening, lawn mowing, snow removal, light maintenance such as changing bulbs, etc. It may also include maintenance of equipment or for those with the skills.
Fund-raising/Public Relations volunteers help to raise money through various campaigns and events, and generate and promote communications with the community and the media. Examples may include a pledge drive, garage and bake sale, golf tournament, car wash, soliciting sales of raffle tickets or other sale items such as cook books or discount books, candy bar sales, and helping with speaking engagements, letters and phone correspondence. Fund-raising/Public Relations volunteers may also be asked to help with any tasks associated with an event (such as baking, helping with mailings, posting flyers at various locations, etc.). This role may also include assisting in getting items donated and helping with preparation of newsletters and annual reports.
Office/Clerical volunteers assist with duties that include answering the phones and the door (which are expected to be surprisingly busy), scheduling, faxing, computer work, correspondence and mailings. Duties may also involve clerical support of fund-raising efforts as needed.
We will sometimes encounter situations where individuals, companies or groups wish to create their own personalized roles. We will welcome this opportunity to "customize" roles, designed exclusively to tailor your individual needs, or the needs/benefits that your company or group can offer.