Helping Hands Committee

Robert G. Ingersoll said, “The hands that help are better far than lips that pray.”

Hurricane Sandy approaches US East Coast

NOTE: The Freethought Society partnered with Texas Freethought Convention and other non-theist groups to collect funds for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. More information is here: http://www.ftsociety.org/2012/10/30/hurricane-sandy-emergency-relief-fund/

At the Freethought Society (FS), we strive to prove that atheists are valuable members of the community. FS is proud to offer the Helping Hands Committee as a volunteer opportunity as well as a recipient service.

Helping Hands Committee volunteers will be matched to offer assistance to recipients, if they reside in an area that is conveniently located. Please read over the volunteer duties and match them with your personal skills and areas of interest.

For insurance purposes, volunteers will be subject to background checks.

FS will not ask the religion of a person in need of assistance. FS Helping Hands Committee members/volunteers will treat all applicants without prejudice or bigotry. The religion or non-religion of an applicant will not be a consideration in offering needed assistance.

Recipients will be accepted on a volunteer availability basis. If volunteers are avail­able, applications will be accepted. Services are provided when Helping Hands Committee volunteers are available in the area.

Applicants will be advised that services are available only if a core volunteer group can be established. Completion of an application does not guarantee that services can be provided.

Helping Hands Committee Volunteer Guidelines

Helping Hands Committee volunteers will never be asked to extend financial assistance to the efforts of this committee. If a purchase is made by a volunteer, the receipt must be sent to the Freethought Society (FS) for reimbursement; or, financial assistance can also be presented to FS for a tax-deductible receipt instead of reimbursement.

Volunteers will only be expected to offer assistance to recipients of the Helping Hands Committee in the following areas:

  1. Grocery Shopping (only necessary trips and limited to one or two stores per visit)
  2. Changing bed sheets (once a week)
  3. Washing dirty sheets and clothing and returning them to recipient’s home
  4. Cleaning (dusting, washing dishes, sweeping, etc.)
  5. Providing transportation to doctor appointments, hair salon, hospital, bank, post office and other miscellaneous grooming/medical appointments.
  6. Taking special requests and attempting to fulfill the needs of the recipient. For instance, a volunteer may be asked to pick up and drop off movie rentals and bring items of entertainment to recipient (puzzles, books, etc.).
  7. Spending time visiting and communicating with the recipient and offering friendship. Most “shut-ins” are lonely and need human connections. This can be achieved in person or over the phone. Recipients also enjoy getting cards, letters, and postcards from volunteers.

Helping Hands Committee Recipient Guidelines

Recipients are asked to limit their expectations of volunteers to the items listed on the “Helping Hands Volunteer Guidelines.” Please do not ask volunteers to provide financial assistance in any way.

If possible, please have a grocery list and errand list ready for upcoming visits from volunteers. Only necessary items should be purchased as to avoid unnecessary trips to stores.

Recipient is responsible for scheduling doctor appointments and grooming appoint­ments, and making sure that a volunteer on the rotation schedule is available and willing to assist with transportation needs.

If bill paying assistance is needed, recipient is expected to organize and track due dates. Freethought Society checks to pay bills must be covered by the recipient’s designated accumulated funds.

A pleasant attitude is appreciated by volunteers.

A sincere “thank you” is always helpful to keep volunteers interested in staying involved with the Freethought Society Helping Hands Committee.

Note: The Freethought Society will not ask the religion of a person in need of assistance. Helping Hands Committee members/volunteers will treat all charity cases without prejudice or bigotry. The religion or non-religion of an applicant will not be a consideration of offering needed assistance.

Recipients will be accepted on a volunteer availability basis. If volunteers are available, applications will be accepted. Applicants will be advised that services are available only if a core volunteer group can be established.