PRS CrisisLink CareRing 2.0

 

PRS CareRing 2.0 is a free program of PRS CrisisLink for individuals over the age of 60 in Fairfax County who live alone. The goal of CareRing is to provide a friendly call to our clients each day to check in, have light, social conversation, and ensure the safety and well-being of our clients to make sure they have everything they need to age-in-place successfully.

 

The CareRing 2.0 program focuses on seniors who are at high risk of isolation, depression, and suicide. We make daily phone calls to clients, usually lasting 10 – 15 minutes. Social isolation is the leading cause of depression and suicide in the senior population, but is combated with daily phone calls from someone who is empathetic and employs active listening.

Apply to join our next training class on February 11, 2017.

Why volunteer:

  • Learn valuable skills that you can take wherever you go!
  • Find meaning in giving back to the community
  • Join an organization dedicated to making a huge difference in the lives of everyone in this community.

What do CareRing Volunteers do?

  • Provide social and emotional support to seniors in our community
  • Spread cheer and laughter. Make someone’s day every day!
  • Complete depression and health screenings in order to make sure our clients have the resources they need
  • Offer information and referrals to help our community stay connected

What we’re offering:

  • Tools and skillsets to provide effective emotional and social support to all age groups, but in particular seniors (60+) over the phone.
  • Learn of local resources available for seniors.
  • A chance to increase individual’s feelings of social connectedness – a chance to make people smile!
  • You will also learn intervention skills and how to implement them, suicide intervention skills, Information & Referral skills, and active listening skills.

Requirements:

  • CareRing volunteers receive 8 hours of intensive, small group and on-the-job training to handle crisis calls. The next training is Monday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 25 at the CrisisLink call center in Arlington.
  • You must be 21 years of age to volunteer with CareRing
  • Must be willing to commit to at least one 3 hour shift per week after successful completion of training for one full year.
  • You must be able to access reliable transportation to the PRS CrisisLink location in Arlington, VA for your weekly shift.
  • Semester and year-long internships available (e-mail Mary at mhavers@prsinc.org for more information).

What makes a great CareRing volunteer?

People who succeed in this program show many of the following attributes:

  • Altruism/Selflessness
  • Empathy
  • Concern for others
  • Desire to listen to other people’s stories.
  • Social Connectedness

 

Interested in becoming a CareRing volunteer? Apply online!