Training Updates and Opportunities for Volunteers
We ask that you complete your timesheets each month that you volunteer for Hearts and Hands. As a reminder, timesheets consist of reporting miles driven and time spent on each request starting from your driveway - back to your driveway. Providing your coordinator with this information is important as Hearts and Hands is required to report these metrics on a monthly basis to our funders.
When should timesheets be submitted?
- Timesheets are to be submitted no later than the 3rd of the month following service.
How do I submit my timesheet?
- Complete requests in Assisted Rides.
Click here for our Assisted Rides training video. Completing requests starts at 2:12.
- Call or email your Volunteer Coordinator with information for each request.
Submit a paper timesheet. Call your Volunteer Coordinator for additional copies.
Tuesday's Training Tidbit
The holiday and winter season often brings about increased feelings of loneliness and isolation in older adults. As a volunteer, here are 4 ways you can help your care receivers this season:
- Make communication a priority.
Some older adults go days, even weeks, without speaking to anyone. If possible, when connecting with your care receiver spend an extra couple of minutes chatting with them. This can make all the difference.
- Encourage social activities through their local senior center or churches.
- Encourage them to explore their hobbies and other areas of interest.
- Identify opportunities to combat loneliness at anytime.
- For the between time between visits and hobbies, you can encourage your care receiver to call The Friendship Line at 1-800-971-0016.
- The Friendship Line is a support community facilitated by Mental Health America.
Winter weather brings about slippery patches of ice on driveways and walkways. Check out our training video on assisting a care receiver back to their door for some tips on how to guide them in a safe manner.