Get Involved

We have several different opportunities for you to volunteer with RAIN – there is a place for each and every one of you to stand out in the crowd.

All volunteers must attend a one hour volunteer orientation which occurs on the second Wednesday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October, December). During orientation you will learn more about RAIN, including various programs we provide to our clients and community,HIV 101, and how you can become more actively involved. 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.

There are two options for the volunteer orientation – webinar (12:00 to 1:00 PM) or in person (6:00 to 7:00 PM). Contact Steven Burleson for the next opportunity and to RSVP.

Client Support
Client support volunteers work directly with our clients, and their families, offering holistic support in a variety of ways such as phone calls, transportation, and friendship.

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.
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 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.

Office Support
Office support volunteers work in the RAIN office helping with the front desk to filing to special office projects.

Event Support
Event support volunteers assist with RAIN’s key fundraising events: AIDS WALK Charlotte, Gay Bingo Charlotte, and the World AIDS Day Luncheon. Event support volunteers can also assist with different community events throughout the year such as the White Party – Farewell to Summer and Charlotte Pride & Parade.

 


Steven Burleson Chaplain & Care Coordinator
e: s.burleson@carolinarain.org
p: 704-973-9812