VOLUNTEERS NEEDED NOW
A number of agencies that serve members of our community rely on volunteers to perform their services. Listed are the current volunteer needs for Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Blue Ridge Dental Clinic; Community Care Clinic; the Food Pantry, the Highlands Literacy Council and Reach of Macon County.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Mentors for children, primarily in grades 3-6, who face social adversity or academic difficulties. Often, the children are low income and some are Latino. The mentor should meet with the child twice a month for 2-6 hours after school, evenings or on weekends and commit to the program for one year. Prospective mentors need to supply references and submit to a background check. The approval process takes about two weeks. An interview and training is required, which takes 1½ to 2 hours. The agency will do its best to match your interests with those of the child.
2018 Update: This year, we are continuing to work to recruit mentors, which is always our largest challenge. For this effort, we will likely put more energy and money into this aspect in order to have a larger presence/awareness in the community. Funding for summer camp opportunities is also something that we are in need of annually. Last year, two children attended camp at Camp Henry. This year, we will help at least three children attend.
Elizabeth Spaulding, Program Coordinator
BBBS of Cashiers
Blue Ridge Dental Clinic
Dentists – Any weekday and one Saturday a quarter if convenient for a potential volunteer dentist. The Dental Clinic can schedule volunteer dentists at the dentist’s convenience. Volunteer licenses for dentists can be obtained by Clinic (at no cost) for dentists who are not currently active. Malpractice insurance is also provided.
Hygienists – An NC-licensed Hygienist may volunteer when a Dentist is present. Potential paid opportunities available.
Office volunteer – Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. General office help: answering phones, intake of patients, filing records, taking blood pressure, glucose screening, sterilizing instruments. Volunteers will be trained according to duties. Partial shifts OK. ***Beginning March 1, the Clinic is looking for a steady office volunteer to assist with tasks on M, T, W and F to fill in for our Office Manager because he is hiking the Appalachian Trail until late July***
The Dental Clinic is very flexible toward volunteers. If you can contribute your time just once or twice a week or once or twice a month, the clinic will fit you in.
Location: 130 U.S. 64 E., Cashiers (just past Subway on right.)
Contact: Robby Cahill or Melanie Jones,828- 743-3393
Melanie’s email: email@example.com
Community Care Clinic
Spanish Translator – A number of the clinic’s patients speak Spanish as their primary language. Volunteers are used to help patients fill out clinic forms and translate for the patients, when needed, during treatment. Requirements: Volunteers must be able to speak, read and write both English and Spanish and be able to help Hispanic patients communicate with other clinic staff. No formal training is required. The clinic will assist in learning medical terminology.
Nursing/Clinical Volunteers – Provide clinical services to patients including intake (BP, Temp., Height, and Weight), limited testing (finger stick glucose, dip stick urine, and pregnancy testing), and assisting the providers during patient treatment. Requirements: Individuals must have practical skills necessary to provide the services listed. Individuals may have formal training such as RNs, LPNs, MAs, or other clinical experience. Active licensure as an RN or LPN is not required.
Clerical and Administrative Volunteers – The clinic utilizes a number of volunteers to assist with the clerical and administrative functions of the clinic. Volunteers in this category will assist patients in the intake process at the clinic’s front desk/reception. Volunteers will assist the clinic staff with other clerical tasks such as typing, filing, phone calls, etc., both during the clinic and between clinics. There are also opportunities to develop and participate in research projects related to the clinic’s patient care activities. Requirements: Volunteers must possess a positive attitude, be interested in helping others and maintain strict confidentiality regarding patient medical information. No formal training is required. The clinic will provide volunteer orientation and training for all individuals.
Primary Care Physicians and mid-level Providers – Provide direct patient care to individuals from birth to age 64. Medical conditions range from episodic acute medical problems to ongoing chronic diseases. Services include direct diagnoses, ordering of diagnostic testing and treatment, dispensing of medications via samples and prescriptions and referral to medical specialists. Requirements: Provider must have a current active or limited license to practice medicine in the state of North Carolina. Physicians must have a primary care specialty including, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Gynecology or Pediatrics. Mid-level providers must have active experience in primary medicine and have a supervising physician.
ALL VOLUNTEERS – The clinic provides a mandatory orientation and training program for all volunteers. Medical volunteers receive an orientation by the Medical Director and Clinic Director. Most volunteers agree to provide services once per month. Individual scheduling is done by the volunteer. Clinic volunteers can either be full time or part time residents.
2018: A second weekly clinic has been added. Still in need of all categories of volunteers.
Clinic times: 4-8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday
Location: 52 Aunt Dora Dr. (One-half mile off U.S.64 on Buck Creek Road)
Contact: Jerry Hermanson, 526-1991, Jhceo@aol.com
Volunteers merchandize and distribute produce and help unload trucks.
2018: All volunteer positions have been filled but there is a waiting list.
Contact: Marty Rosenfield, 828-421-1789
Location: Methodist Church
Literacy Council of Highlands
3-4 tutors for elementary and middle school students, mostly to help with math and reading.
Shifts: 1 to 1½ hours once or twice a week. During the school year, times are 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
In the summer, a schedule can be worked out with the student during the Council’s office hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: Lili Spellman or Bonnie Potts at 828-526-0863.
Location: 348 S. 5th St.
Reach of Macon County
Client Services Assistant Position I — Answer agency’s hot-line on evenings and weekends to provide basic crisis counseling. Senior staff back-up would be available by phone. Shifts of 8-12 hours. Evening help needed from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. Weekend shifts are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Accompany victims to court and sit with them, providing support by answering non-legal questions and calming them.
When volunteers have been with the agency for a period of time, they can help with filling out protection orders for forwarding to staff.
If licensed, volunteers can provide therapy or crisis counseling.
Training: 20 hours required.
Client Services Assistant Position II — Provide indirect services, such as painting, shelter maintenance, vegetable and flower gardening, filing. Training: none
Grant writer — Help with writing applications for grants from private sources and foundations.
2018: Our most pressing needs include:
- Sealing a small porch and stairs.
- Assistance with distributing information about our Mardi Gras Fundraiser
- Assistance with our American Girl Tea Party
- Backsplash in a very small kitchen (renovation on our property)
- Distribution of materials to the community
In addition, we are always in need of folks who are interested in taking the volunteer training to assist with hotline or direct client services. Direct client services could include sitting with victims in court, assisting with enrichment classes (could be psycho-educational or social classes like knitting, resume writing, etc..), and/or helping answer phones or work on client files.
Indirect client work could include gardening (once we get closer to spring), outdoor maintenance, general maintenance (maybe someone is handy man (or woman) that we can call on), and/or donation drives.
Contact for all above: David Harris or Jennifer Turner-Lynn, 369-5544
Location: 29 Meadowlark Dr., Franklin (off Old Murphy Road)