2020 Winter Newsletter

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Happy First Anniversary Guardianship Corps

On Tuesday, December 3, Judge Richard Horowitz helped celebrate Guardianship Corps’ first anniversary by honoring the RSVP volunteers who have worked as Guardianship Monitors. During the holiday breakfast held by the Court, Judge Horowitz spoke of the difference that Guardianship Corps and its volunteers have made in the past year to the Court, the County and most of all for its Clients. He thanked the volunteers for their time and concern on behalf of the clients and gave several examples of where their work made a real difference in people’s lives.

Under the guidance of CEO Bob Heppenheimer, Guardianship Corps takes on court-appointed guardianship for those citizens who are deemed incapacitated by the Court, and for whom no one is willing or able to step up when needed. Volunteers visit these clients twice a month and report back their findings on a regular basis. Clients, at various ages, include people with Alzheimer’s Disease, Traumatic Brain Injuries and Developmental Disabilities. For more information, please call Guardianship Corps at 631-650-2325.

RSVP would like to welcome two new volunteer sites, Bethel AME in Setauket and Huntington Hospital Northwell Health. Bethel is in need of volunteers to help in their office with clerical tasks. Also needed are light housekeeping and general landscaping. Huntington Hospital is in need of volunteers to act as Telemetry Ambassadors as well as caregiver coaches, lobby ambassadors and reading buddies.

The following Volunteer Opportunities are also available: Islip Adult Day Health Services needs volunteers to help with arts and crafts, bingo, computers, sing-a-longs and board games. Luxor at Mills Pond in St. James would like some volunteers to help with transporting residents to and from therapy, as well as to help with delivering mail, arts and crafts and games. Mercy Center Ministries in Patchogue is looking for volunteers to help provide child care, assist with meal plans, help with recreational activities and also light office work. Pronto of Long Island is in need of help at the front desk, as well as putting food donations together and assisting in the thrift shop. Bi-lingual would be a real plus! If you are interested in any of these sites or would like to have more information, please call Denise or Terri at 631-979-9490.

Huntington Hospital Northwell Health – Telemetry Ambassador Program

In their desire to exceed the care expectations of patients and families, Huntington Hospital has begun an exciting new volunteer program. Telemetry Ambassadors are immersed in a world of patient, caregiver and staff interaction on a busy unit. The qualifications needed are a compassionate and empathetic demeanor, the desire to help others, excellent communication skills and the ability to remain on your feet for up to four hours. A snapshot of a day as a Telemetry Ambassador may include providing comfort items, beverages, toiletries, phone call assistance and chairs, providing directions and escorting family members to the café and parking lot, and building rapport with patients and families in representation of Northwell Health’s Culture of C.A.R.E. If this new and exciting volunteer position is something you might be interested in, please call RSVP and speak to Denise or Terri. They’ll be happy to assist you!

“The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.” – Ivan Scheier