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.
CareRing 2.0 provides a friendly call to our clients each day to check in, make meaningful connections with our volunteers, and ensure safety and the well-being of our clients. CareRing 2.0 focuses on older adults who are at an increased risk of isolation, depression, and suicide. Social isolation is the leading cause of depression and suicide in the older adult population, but is combated with daily social interaction from someone who is empathetic and enjoys listening.
- 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 older adults 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 to age in place as successfully as possible.
- Offer information and referrals to help our clients stay connected in their communities.
What we’re offering:
- Tools and skill-sets to provide effective emotional and social support to all age groups, but in particular older adults (60+), over the phone.
- A chance to increase individual’s feelings of social connectedness – a chance to make people smile!
- You will also learn how to help someone in crisis, intervention skills and how to implement them, suicide intervention skills, Information & Referral skills, and active listening skills.
- CareRing volunteers receive 8 hours of intensive, online and in-center training
- 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 Oakton, VA for your weekly shift.
- Semester and year-long internships available (e-mail Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information).
What makes a great CareRing volunteer?
People who succeed in this program show many of the following attributes:
- Concern for others
- Desire to listen to other people’s stories.
- Social Connectedness
Available Volunteer Shift Times
Below, the blue boxes represent shifts available for new CareRing volunteers. Each shift is 3 hours long and occurs once a week at the call center in Arlington, VA. We are currently recruiting only for these shifts and most weekend availability is first come, first serve.