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Home Team Recruitment:  Volunteers Make a Difference

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In just an hour a week, Home Team volunteers provide friendly in-home and telephone visits to homebound seniors throughout Baltimore County.  Activity ideas include:

  • Friendly conversation
  • Discussing a favorite book
  • Watching a movie
  • Scrapbooking and small crafts
  • Discussing sports
  • Reminiscing
  • Playing board games
  • Playing card games
  • Discussing current events

Who are our Volunteers?

People like you who:

  • Are interested in helping seniors
  • Are sensitive and reliable
  • Desire a flexible schedule
  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Are willing to be screened through background check

Benefits to Volunteers

  • Personal satisfaction of helping others
  • Establishment of caring relationships
  • Opportunity to develop new skills and network
  • Management support and training
  • Information on aging issues
  • Interaction with other volunteers
  • Tangible benefits offered through our volunteer benefits package

Benefits to Clients

  • Independence
  • Enhanced quality of life
  • New friendships
  • Needed socialization and reduced loneliness
  • Increased happiness

How to Volunteer

Contact the Home Team Program:

Phone: 410-887-4141
Email: hometeam@baltimorecountymd.gov
Subscribe to our e-newsletter, The Friendly Visitor.

Following the selection process, you will be personally introduced to your client.

If you would like to complete an online Volunteer Application for the Home Team Program (PDF), please complete pages one and three, print and sign the application, and mail it to Home Team Program, 611 Central Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204.

If you know of a Baltimore County resident, age 60 and over, who lacks social supports and would benefit from receiving a friendly visit, contact us at 410-887-4141.

Volunteer Policies

Animals

For the safety of our clients and volunteers, Home Team volunteers should never bring animals (such as dogs, cats, or other pets) along on a friendly visit.

Unregistered volunteers

Only registered Home Team volunteers (those who have completed the application process including a background check) should be in the client’s home or on a friendly visit. If you wish to have your spouse or loved one attend, please ask him or her to call us and complete the application process.

Children

Parents are encouraged to register as Home Team volunteers! Children 16 years of age and older must complete the normal application process, have a signed parental permission slip and be accompanied by a registered Home Team volunteer 21 years of age or more. Children under the age of 16 may accompany a Home Team volunteer (21 years of age or more) on a friendly visit as long as the volunteer is in good standing, the child has a signed parental permission slip with completed registration form sent to the Home Team office, the child is properly supervised, and the client has communicated to the Home Team office that the child may visit. Children under the age of 16 do not complete a background check. It is important that all policies are followed for the safety of clients, volunteers and your family members!

Inclement Weather Policy

When preparing for inclement weather, please remember your client. If your client is unable to attain food in advance of the storm, a very limited supply of “shelf stable meals” may be available through the Home Team for emergency purposes only. Please contact the office for information.

If the local news or the Maryland Access Point office (410-887-2594) indicates that senior centers or Countyride are not operating, please refrain from visiting your client (with the exception of telephone visiting) until they reopen.

Revised August 14, 2014

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