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Turn compassion into action! Support veterans as a Compassionate Contact Corps Region Volunteer

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Published 25 days ago

This is a community-based assignment where the volunteer will utilize a quiet, private area to provide weekly virtual conversations (using phone, tablet, computer) with homebound Veterans or inpatients who are seeking to make a connection outside of their current environment and/or to provide support and communication to the Veteran’s caregiver. Volunteers will be trained and matched with veterans for 1:1 socialization. These are friendly visits with no medical or home-care duties. 

 

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Provide quality 1:1 social interaction, engaging Veterans in meaningful conversations 
  • Schedule and participate in regular telephone or video visits which may consist of conversing with the Veteran/Caregiver for a mutually agreed upon time frame (generally but not limited to 15-30 minutes) to convey support and concern 
  • Immediately report any problems, or concerns conveyed by the Veteran and/or caregiver to the local VA Compassionate Contact Corps Coordinator who works as the liaison to the Veteran’s primary care team. 

 

Qualifications:  

  • Current Red Cross volunteer, 
  • Comfortable having conversations virtually using platforms such as Zoom, Facetime, etc. or by phone 
  • Sensitive to the needs of Veterans/Caregivers in stressful situations 
  • Empathetic and compassionate listener 
  • Ability to maintain privacy and confidentiality as mandated by HIPAA 
  • Must be willing to communicate regularly with the local Compassionate Contact Corps Coordinator 
  • Good people skills, excellent communication/listening skills 
  • Excellent phone proficiency such as a clear voice, good listening skills and compassion 
  • Emotionally mature, positive and service-oriented 
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Volunteer to provide own means (phone/computer) of communication 
  • Must be over the age of 18 

Time Commitment: 

  • Preferably, contact will take place at least once per week and may occur more as mutually agreed upon by volunteer and Veteran. 15-30 minutes per visit. 

Training: 

  • American Red Cross Orientation 
  • VA Onboarding 
  • VAVS Orientation  
  • Compassionate Contact Corps Orientation 
  • Job specific orientations to include: HIPAA, Suicide Prevention, Customer Service Training/Telephone Visitor Orientation 

This is a community-based assignment where the volunteer will utilize a quiet, private area to provide weekly virtual conversations (using phone, tablet, computer) with homebound Veterans or inpatients who are seeking to make a connection…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    A few hours per week
  • Recurrence
    Recurring

Location

On-site
Ventura, CA, USA

How to Apply

Find out more at www.redcross.org/volunteertoday or email jennifer.samaritan@redcross.org 

Ready to Make a Difference? Here's How to Get Started! 

  1. Go to redcross.org/volunteertoday to complete our online application. It takes less than 10 minutes! 
  2. A member of our team will get in touch. Taking the time for a personal conversation enables us to match you with a role that will be both meaningful and enjoyable. 
  3. We’ll provide all necessary training to ensure you can be successful in your volunteer role. 

Find out more at www.redcross.org/volunteertoday or email jennifer.samaritan@redcross.org 

Ready to Make a Difference? Here's How to Get Started! 

  1. Go to redcross.org/volunteertoday to…

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