Volunteering as an Advocate
The advocate willingly takes on one or more roles to improve the quality of life for a person living in a nursing facility who has limited contact with family and friends. The specific roles are determined by the advocate and his or her protégé, and may include:• Inviting your protégé to participate in your family life.
• Acting on behalf of the needs and interests of your protégé.
• Introducing your protégé into the mainstream of community life.
• Speaking out on behalf of your protégé at meetings of service providers.
• Acting on behalf of the needs and interests of your protégé with as much energy as you would expend to protect your own interests.
• Doing the ordinary things that define friendship like shopping, going to the movies, walking in the park, talking to each and meeting friends.
Training and overall guidance is provided by the TACAP coordinator.
Volunteer activities such as mileage and and any contributions, such as gifts, may be tax deductible.
Volunteering on the Board of Directors
The board of directors is composed of between six and eight dedicated citizens from the local community. Backgrounds currently include law, science, education, and/or social services, however, there is a need to expand the backgrounds into other areas, such as religion, finance, marketing, as well as other areas of expertise, in order to broaden the depth of the board and make it as effective as possible.
The board meets the last Monday of every month at the Groton Public Library. The agenda typically includes discussions about advocates and their matches, recruiting, relationships with various agencies and institutions, revenue and expenses, fundraising and grants, etc. Meetings typically last for about an hour.
Thames Area Citizens Advocacy Program, Inc.
Building bridges between elderly people and the community
c/o Norwich Human Services
Norwich, CT. 06360 Telephone 860-373-0560 email TACAP coordinator