The Buddy Program

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

You will be matched one to one with a Buddy (client) through a process that pairs the volunteer’s specific skills, interests, and availability with the specific needs and interests of a client living with HIV/AIDS. This program is currently in transition. At this time, as client’s needs become apparent (for instance if a client is asking for transportation to a doctor’s appointment) we will reach out to all of our volunteers to see who is available.

 

 

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.

 

For More Information Contact:

Sarah Yum, MA, LMFT Clinical Director 
e: s.yum@carolinarain.org
p: 704-973-9807