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9 Ridgedale Avenue
Florham Park, NJ 07932
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Volunteer

Volunteers....Always Getting the Job Done!


Throughout our rich history, a solid core of volunteers has added immeasurably to the success of our facility. Always bringing a warm smile, a giving spirit, and a desire to help, our volunteers have touched many lives individually, and they have collectively, through group projects, helped us in a variety of ways to upgrade the quality of our living environment.

Corporate and Student Teams of Volunteers generously dedicate "days of caring and sharing" to Cheshire Home, Cheshire II and Cheshire III. All in the course of one fun day, generous amounts of elbow grease are used and small "sprucing up" projects are completed! A little painting here, a little landscaping there....beautiful!

Individual volunteers have often become extended members of our Cheshire family, familiar faces, wonderful folks who provide companionship, participate in special events and celebrations, or share their own unique talents in a variety of ways! Individuals who assist residents personally must be 18 or over, and complete training prior to volunteering.

Community Groups frequently visit our home, sometimes performing for our residents, sometimes stopping by to join an evening of fun and games. A good time is had by all! 

Looking for a fulfilling volunteer opportunity? Cheshire Home welcomes volunteers all year long!


FOR THESE PROJECTS, VOLUNTEER IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME!

Translation

Cheshire Home has several non-English speaking residents.  We would like to translate the documents that are presented to residents upon admission to the language they are most comfortable reading.  Translation to Latin American Spanish is desired at this time.  There are approximately 25 documents, and most are one page.  There are no or minimal medical or legal terms on these documents.

Landscape Design

Cheshire Home is located on a small piece of property in Florham Park with pretty greenery ready for a transformation! We seek a landscape design that is not only beautiful and inviting, but low maintenance.  This project involves a layout design, ideas for the best plant/shrub/flower choices, and a maintenance schedule to keep our grounds at their peak.  We’d like to include some free-standing planters around the building.  Come visit Cheshire Home to get a sense of what would make us look our best!  We’re not looking for backhoes or major renovations.  This is home to 35 people, and we’d like to ensure that our residents are comfortable and happy to be here!

Tickets!  Get Your Tickets Here!

Cheshire Home residents lead active lives and love to go out to a variety of events!  We seek volunteers to work with our Recreation Department to obtain discounted or free tickets to events including entertainment, sports, cultural, and overall fun venues. We will provide guidance as to how to get started, how many tickets are needed, what venues work best, and what activities are of most interest! 

Community Housing

Part of Cheshire Home’s mission is to assist residents as they transition from Cheshire Home to community living.  This process involves finding Section 8 Accessible Housing.  Volunteers would work with Cheshire’s Director of Social Services to conduct online research for potential community housing opportunities and prepare necessary applications.  This in an ongoing process that can take as much time as you are willing to give.

VISIT CHESHIRE HOME & MEET OUR RESIDENTS!

VOLUNTEER AT CHESHIRE HOME!

Companion – Going Out

When residents go out for the day, it’s nice to be with a friend!  Helping during a shopping trip to Walmart.  Going to the movies. Dining out. Talking, laughing, sharing the day … Volunteers may need to assist with eating, push a wheelchair, and act as an extra set of hands.  Cheshire provides or arranges transportation. These opportunities are as needed and can last an hour or the entire day.  Before the first outing, we invite you to visit, meet our resident, and speak to a staff member with any questions. You will not be responsible for any type of medical treatment.

For the Following Projects, Sundays or Early Evenings Would be Ideal!

Getting Organized…

Several residents would like help from a person or two to organize their rooms.  Arrange drawers.  Change winter clothes to summer clothes.  Spending about 2-3 hours with a resident during each visit would be ideal!  Days and hours are flexible, depending on the residents’ individual schedules.  No heavy lifting or moving required.

Sous Chef

Do you like to cook?  Although we have a super Dietary Department, at times residents like to make their own meals, or bake some tasty treats. Cooking is always fun when you have help!  We have a kitchen specifically designed for our residents, and volunteers may provide an extra set of hands to help with mobility, prep, and clean-up.  Often residents know what they want to make, but at times they enjoy a new recipe or technique. Days and times are flexible.  Ingredients are provided by the resident but may need to be picked up at the supermarket by the volunteer.

Companion – Staying In!

Sometimes it’s nice to stay home and visit with a friend!  Some residents like to have their fun at Cheshire, playing board or card games, doing crossword or jigsaw puzzles, or just talking.  Volunteers may need to be a set of hands, a conversationalist, or a good listener.  These opportunities can be one-on-one or group, usually 1 – 3 hours. Days and times are flexible.

There’s Nothing a Good Manicure Won’t Fix!

Residents enjoy beauty time, and love having their nails painted.  Volunteers would meet with residents one-on-one to provide manicures on a weekly or bi-monthly basis.  Once the initial meeting is set up, you and our resident will set your schedule.  Manicures would be done at Cheshire Home.  No need to be an expert manicurist!  Residents have some polish and supplies.

Calling All Artists – we have two opportunities!

1.) We have a few near Picassos in our midst! Currently, residents are painting and drawing, and have requested assistance. Volunteers would be asked to provide an extra set of hands as needed. After the initial meeting, the days and times would be set between the artist and volunteer.

2.) Do you have an artistic talent you’d like to share? We’d love to introduce it to our residents, who are young adults with a variety of interests. Single activity or ongoing series welcome!

Do You Like to Help Plan Parties?

The Cheshire Home Casino Night Fundraiser is September 21st

1.) During June and July, we will reach out to companies, restaurants, and sporting and casino venues for donations of Tricky Tray prizes: Gift Baskets, Restaurant Certificates, Entertainment, Jewelry, Sports Memorabilia and much more! Would you like to help? This project is something that you could do on your own time, and we supply the content you would use for prize solicitation.

2.) On September 21st we’ll transform Cheshire Home into a Casino! As guests move from room to room, playing games and winning tickets for prizes, they’ll have a true gaming experience. We begin decorating at 2:00, and by 5:30 each Casino room will be all set for our attendees! We supply all the decorations. Would you like to have some fun helping to create our Cheshire Casino?

(Contact Barbara at bmonahan@cheshirenj.org for this project)

VISIT CHESHIRE HOME & HELP OUR FRIENDLY STAFF!

Political Liaison

Cheshire Home would like to enhance our relationships with NJ legislators.  We seek an individual(s) interested in introducing Cheshire and its mission to elected officials. This would be an ongoing process.  Volunteer(s) would be asked to reach out to legislators, assist us in building and sustaining new relationships, and in arranging for meetings, which can occur at Cheshire Home where officials can meet our residents and tour our facility, or at a legislators’ office.

Computer Guru

1.) The administrative staff periodically brushes up on computer skills, particularly in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.  It would be beneficial if a volunteer could provide an hour-long class on varied computer programs.  Ideally, classes would occur once per month during the lunch time hour.

2.) Some staff members would appreciate one-on-one assistance to improve their computer skills.  Topic Examples: create folders to improve filing and computer organization; maintain and utilize Contacts in Outlook. We have many general computer-use questions we would like to address.  One-on-one sessions with staff members who request assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Landscaping                                                                                                          

Seasonal: Once we have a design in place, we’ll need a team to implement our plan, and to supplement our spring flower planting!  We’ll provide the materials (mulch, soil, fertilizer, shrubs). 

Weekly: It would be wonderful to have a team of gardeners who would be willing to spend a couple of hours per week to maintain (water and weed) our yard.  Days and times are flexible.  No grass cutting required!

Decorate Bulletin Boards: 

Cheshire has two bulletin boards in our main hallway that we decorate and update with seasonal changes and special days and occasions! We encourage volunteers to get creative, and residents and staff love to see their pictures on display! We provide materials and can supplement if you have a great idea! This would take a small team of 1-4 people about 2-3 hours each time.

Painting Our patio dining tables are in desperate need of some freshening up!  A nice coat of paint would do the trick!  We will provide the supplies.  You provide the skill.  We have 10 tables to paint.  This project may take 4-5 hours any day in the spring (before our patio gets busy).

Thank you!

If you would like to volunteer, please contact

Mandy Hecht at 973 966-1232 x 219, or at mhecht@cheshirenj.org.

 

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