All volunteers need to go through a one hour orientation that RAIN hosts every other month on the second Thursday. Please check our calendar for the next volunteer orientation.
Client support Volunteers
You will be matched up with your specific skills, time, etc. with a specific need of a HIV positive client(s). Network Volunteers could network with: RAIN staff, Hospice, hospitals or other facilities, other volunteers or CareTeams; or with other ASOs (AIDS Service Organization). You could also network to provide transportation; help with special projects; or support clients with end stage AIDS issues.
Traditional CareTeam Volunteers
This is our principal volunteer program. CareTeams are groups of individuals from congregations or other caring groups who are trained by RAIN to provide psychosocial support to persons living with HIV/AIDS (CarePartners/clients). Groups of individuals form relationships with their CarePartner and provide support through practical, emotional, and spiritual services and provide companionship and transportation to appointments and special events.
Client Event CareTeam Volunteers
Client Event CareTeam Volunteers assist with the planning, coordinating and executing six to eight client socials per year (including our Summer Picnic and our Thanksgiving Dinner). This would involve working with RAIN staff to secure location, plan the program, arrange food donation/preparation, coordinate transportation, etc.
Client support volunteers will need to attend an additional training session to learn about many aspects of HIV/AIDS such as current statistics, universal precautions, social and emotional impact of the disease, and spirituality of HIV/AIDS.