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HOW DO I VOLUNTEER?

STEP 1

See below for volunteer opportunities and contact volunteer services at development@cmrocks.org

with questions.

STEP 2

Complete our 

Volunteer Application and submit it. 

STEP 3

Meet with us to discuss your volunteer goals and how they match with Reach's needs

STEP 4

Begin a wonderful journey and get ready to make a difference!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Committee Members

Serve on one or more of our standing committees (Development, Finance, Faith Advisory, or Governance) or ad hoc event committees (Annual Gala or Clinic Event). Most standing committees meet monthly, and event committees meet as needed. Most meetings are held online during weekday evenings. Contribute your skills (event planning, promotion, customer service, fundraising, etc.) to help us continue to build a strong organization.

Furniture Movers

Help us transport and/or dispose of furniture at our main office and at our Jefferson House. Some moving experience is preferred but not required. Must be 18+ years old.

Reach Annual Gala (early-to-mid May) 

Help solicit auction items; create gift baskets; and/or assist with event management, including setup, takedown, etc.

Program Evaluators

Evaluate our programs, including providing an objective opinion on what is working well and what improvements can be made. The work requires interviews with program leads and others, at least one in-person visit, and the submission of a final written report. Volunteers should have an understanding of evaluations, the ability to do research to determine best practices, and good writing skills. Some experience in the area that is being evaluated is helpful but not necessary.

Supply Drive Coordinators

Inventory supplies at our main office and at our Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic and coordinate the collection, delivery, and organization of new supplies on an as-needed basis. The types of supplies most needed are housewares, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and gift cards that will benefit our Clinic and Housing Program clients.

Housing Program

Workshop Presenters

Present workshops covering various topics (including but not limited to emergency preparedness, meditation, nutrition, and physical fitness) to small groups of men and/or women at Reach's Rockland and Jefferson Houses. Workshop content must be pre-approved by the program manager. Requires a background check.

 

Yard Workers & Leaf Rakers

Perform yard work, including mowing grass, pruning, gardening, etc. at our Jefferson and Rockland Houses during the summer and spring and/or raking and collecting leaves during the fall. This is a perfect opportunity for a group. 

GED Test Prep Tutor

Reach's Housing Program is seeking a volunteer to help a Rockland House resident prepare for her GED exam. The volunteer will provide one-on-one instruction at the Rockland House (in the Twinbrook neighborhood of Rockville). The Housing Program Director will coordinate with the client and the volunteer to arrange a mutually convenient instruction schedule. May require a background check.

Personal Assistant for Senior Resident

Reach's Housing Program seeks a personal assistant for one of its elderly residents at Jefferson House. Duties include (1) contacting healthcare providers to determine coverage by the resident's medical insurance and proximity to the House; (2) scheduling his doctors' appointments with specialists; (3) coordinating his transportation to and from medical appointments; (4) periodically accompanying him to medical appointments to discuss next steps with healthcare providers and providing health-related updates to his family members; (5) helping him keep his documents and belongings organized; and (6) coordinating his visits to Rockville Senior Center to participate in activities. The volunteer must be at least 18 years old and have reliable transportation. A background check and HIPAA training are required. Hours may vary; however, a minimum of two hours per week is required.

Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic

Clinic Fundraiser Assistants (late October/early November)

Assist with soliciting auction items from local businesses and/or with event management on the day of the fundraiser, which is scheduled for Saturday evening, November 4, 2023. Event management activities may include setup, guest check-in/registration, breakdown, etc. Communications skills are a plus. This is an in-person opportunity; however, some tasks may be performed remotely. Must be 18+ years old.

Medical Interpreters

Help our patients and medical providers communicate effectively. Bilingual (Spanish/English) speakers are most needed. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their oral proficiency. Medical knowledge is helpful but not required. Volunteers must be 18+ years old and able to work a four-hour shift once per week. Currently, Mondays, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. is the most urgent shift. Translation may be done remotely if appropriate. Requires a background check. 

Clinic Healthcare Professionals

Provide the following healthcare services to our patients on a pro bono basis:

  • Primary Care (nurses and medical assistants), 

  • Dermatology,

  • Rheumatology, 

  • Physical Medicine, 

  • Cardiology (consultation and EKG readings only),  

  • Ophthalmology (primarily retinal exams), and 

  • Other medical specialties.

 

This is a perfect opportunity for healthcare professionals who are retired or otherwise stopped working in their professional capacities but still want to use their skills to help others. We prefer Clinic volunteers to commit to a regular schedule for at least 6 months, and for at least one 3–4-hour shift per week if possible. The ability to speak Spanish is desirable but not required for physicians; however, for other healthcare personnel, the ability to speak Spanish is now required. MD-licensed healthcare professionals only.

Senior Reach

Friendly Callers and Visitors

As a “Friendly Caller,” make weekly phone calls to one or more senior clients to provide a caring voice, to check on their well-being, and to confirm they received and are pleased with their scheduled home care services. Skills required include patience in speaking with senior citizens and the ability to complete and email reports to the program manager. Volunteers and senior clients choose the standard weekly day and time that phone calls will occur.

As a “Friendly Visitor,” visit senior clients monthly or bimonthly for conversation, activities, or other social interaction. A background check is required.  

English and bilingual volunteers, including Mandarin/English, Vietnamese/English, and English speakers are encouraged to apply.

Interior Painters

Paint rooms in the homes of our senior clients. Some painting experience is preferred but not required. Supplies will be provided. Must be 18+ years old. Requires a background check.

Yard Workers & Leaf Rakers

Perform yard work, including mowing grass, pruning, gardening, etc. at our clients’ private residences during the summer and spring and/or to rake and collect leaves during the fall. This is a perfect opportunity for a group. 

Intake Coordinator 

Help provide financial emergency assistance and other services to county residents in need on Mondays, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Work directly with the program director to prevent evictions, foreclosures, and utility terminations and provide referrals for food, clothing, dental/vision care, and more. Training is provided, and parking costs are covered by REAP. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Volunteer Requirements: Availability for a minimum of six months due to training is required. Must be 18 years or older. Computer literate (ability to use databases and Excel spreadsheets, research information via internet, and complete online forms). A background check is required.

Holiday Giving Assistants (Thanksgiving/December holidays) 

Assist with our Holiday Giving projects. Volunteers will contact potential donors to confirm their commitment to supporting our clients, collect and organize donations, contact clients to share and gather information, help with distribution on the Sunday before Thanksgiving or the Saturday before Christmas, and more. Bilingual (Spanish/English) speakers are encouraged to apply. Must be 18+ years old.

VOLUNTEER SERVICES

If you have any questions about our volunteer opportunities, please contact our Development Office at 301-637-0190 or development@cmrocks.org

Click here for our volunteer application.

VOLUNTEER STORIES

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Volunteer Jorge Murillo is a child of Mexican immigrants, born and raised in Gilroy, CA. He moved to this area in 2019 for a fellowship in memory research at NIH. While at NIH, he decided he wanted to be a physician and especially one that cares and treats patients in communities like the one where he grew up.  Jorge grew up visiting community health centers for his own medical care and understands how vulnerable populations have difficulty accessing  health care. Places like Kaseman Health Clinic serve as a bridge between the vulnerable and quality health care. He has been proud to volunteer as a Spanish-English interpreter, serving as the linguistic and cultural bridge between clinician and patient.

     Jorge's goal in volunteering at Kaseman Clinic was to make communication between patient and clinician more fluid and to observe how clinicians care for and treat diverse patients. Jorge recently expressed that he got much more out of volunteering as an interpreter than he had expected. He also learned how a clinic functions from observing administration work on daily tasks and assisting with paperwork, calling patients, and helping to set up the initial COVID-19 mobile testing site the Clinic offered. This additional experience served as good insight as his long term goals include the possibility of his own private medical practice or community clinic.

Thank you, Jorge, for volunteering with Reach's Kaseman Health Clinic!

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