May 2012 RSVP Voice!

| May 1, 2012

May 2012
Spring Forum Enlightens Guests; Volunteers Welcome at UMC and Family Promise

Lubbock RSVP hosted its annual Spring Forum in April. Attendees were enlightened by experts who presented information in the fields of home health, in-home non-medical care, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, hospice, scams, adult exploitation, neglect, abuse, fall prevention, and end-of-life directives.

If you were unable to attend, we hope you will watch for future RSVP Voice articles as you continue to read the Golden Gazette, and make plans to join us next year.

Volunteer Opportunities:

UMC Endoscopy CenterUniversity Medical Center is in need of “on call” volunteers to assist in the Endoscopy Center reception area. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday during the hours of 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. (at the latest).

Volunteers would be asked to come in only if the center has patients in recovery who are not able to go home by the time the office closes at 5 p.m.

The volunteer would sit at the reception desk and ensure that the family is comfortable while waiting for the patient to be released.

Duties include keeping the waiting area open for the family, answering in-house phone calls coming into the center, communicating with nurses and family regarding the patient’s time of release, ensuring the coffee machine is turned off when the last visitors leave, etc.

The Endoscopy Center will not know if a volunteer is needed until late in the afternoon; therefore, there will be days a volunteer will be requested and days when a volunteer will not be needed.

Family PromiseFamily Promise of Lubbock is a temporary shelter and resource center for homeless families with children. Family Promise is able to house up to 14 people at a time (usually 3 or 4 families) and assist the residents with child care, transportation, job assistance, counseling, parenting, and other services.

Family Promise partners with local congregations to provide over-night housing, meals and support for families participating in the program. Families are drug-free, willing and able to work, and must have children in order to qualify for services. Family Promise has many opportunities for volunteers to help.

Volunteers can teach a class such as parenting, cooking, sewing or other life skills; lead arts and crafts projects with the children, read stories and help with homework.

Volunteers also serve on the Board of Trustees, help with events, spend the night chaperoning the families with a host congregation, spend the evening with the families, cook a meal, or provide a portion of a meal.

There are many opportunities to fellowship and volunteer. Family Promise would love to visit with volunteers who desire to serve in any capacity.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, please give RSVP a call at 743-7787.

Today is a good day to volunteer!

How do I join RSVP?

Becoming a member of RSVP is simple as long as you are at least 55 and have some time to volunteer. Just call the office at 743-77873 and chat with Karon McDowell about your interests. If you are not certain what you would like to do, we can mention several current volunteer opportunities and send you a list of the sort of jobs which RSVP members are presently doing to whet your appetite. If you have a special skill or talent that you would like to utilize, we will search to find just the right job for you. Just mail in the enrollment form (requires Adobe Reader) and we will call you!

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