This week’s new volunteer opportunities include DAV drivers needed to assist veterans with medical appointments, senior mentors for OSU Health Sciences Center, Red Cross support services, and youth mentors for YMCA of Greater Tulsa. If you or someone you know might be interested in one of these new volunteer placements or others with RSVP, click the “Details” link for more info or call the RSVP Tulsa office at 918-280-8656.
Highlights of this week’s new volunteer opportunities. Scroll to the bottom for a link of a complete listing of all RSVP Tulsa volunteer needs.
Help a Hero — DAV Drivers Needed for Ernest Childers VA Outpatient Clinic
Many men and women, who answered our country’s call in times of war, are not receiving the medical care they need. Countless veterans lost limbs, sight, hearing, or good health and may live a great distance from a VA hospital/clinic. Because so many exist on small fixed incomes, they find that the cost of transportation to a VA hospital is just too high. They’re left with two choices: to go without treatment or skimp on food and other necessities to pay for transportation to a VA hospital and/or clinic. Vets disabled in our nation’s service should never face such dire options.
So DAV volunteers respond by driving vets to and from VA hospitals and clinics for free. All DAV drivers are required to have an Oklahoma driver’s license, clean driving record, no current health or mental issues and must be able to complete a physical. Drivers do not need to be veterans to volunteer. Current needs include local drivers, at least 3 drivers to volunteer 1 day a week, to provide transportation to and from OKC and drivers to help with transportation to Muskogee and Claremore. The DAV will work with you on scheduling with some shifts lasting only 4 hours. Please help meet the need and serve those who have served us.
The Red Cross Mid-America Blood Services Division has the current volunteer needs:
Greeter/Registrar: Welcome each donor with a friendly smile and warm greeting while providing a smooth flow of donors into donation area; volunteer will work in a variety of settings using a laptop computer to register blood donors.
Canteen/Refreshment Hosts &Hostesses: Set up & maintain the refreshment area at the blood drives; serve snacks & drinks and visit with a wide variety donors to thank them for sharing their special gift of life.
Blood Transport Driver: Drive a Red Cross minivan to deliver blood to area hospitals; get to know a great group of guys & gals on the Red Cross Transport Team. Must have a valid driver’s license and training is provided.
Office Support: Provide support to a variety of departments doing a wide range of light office duties assigned by the department managers; will work on both large & small projects.
OSU Center for Health Sciences
Have you ever wished you could have some influence on how doctors are trained? OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine has a Senior Mentor Program that is part of the curriculum for medical students. The Senior Mentor Program provides an opportunity for students to develop a professional, longitudinal relationship with an older adult over a two year period, starting the first semester of medical school. This program is part of a larger course, Developing the Physician, which teaches osteopathic medical students the skills and motivation to become successful, compassionate and competent osteopathic physicians. In the Senior Mentor Program, students will develop interpersonal skills useful for establishing positive clinical relationships with older patients.
Volunteers who are 65 years old or older and in good health will be paired with two medical students. Each mentor will meet with his/her students eight times, over two years, for one hour each time, in the senior mentor’s home. The mentor must be willing to talk to the students about such topics as his/her life, health, stressors, wellness, medication, and preferences for end-of-life care.
YMCA of Greater Tulsa is looking for volunteers to become “Reach & Rise Mentors.” Mentor youth, ages 13-17, who lack role models and are in communities challenged by poverty, crime and single-parent households among other social issues. Volunteers will meet with their assigned youth 1-3 hours each week for a year commitment. Mentors must complete 15+ hours of training, pass a criminal background check, have a good driving record and reliable transportation. Volunteers will have access to all YMCA’s in Tulsa during 12-month commitment.
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