AVIVO

www.Avivomn.org

Agency Description: Avivo’s (formerly known as RESOURCE) mission is to increase well-being through recovery, employment, and career advancement. We believe everyone deserves the chance to be “well”-economically, socially, and in health. We are committed to a vision of communities that are free of economic and health disparities.  We provide licensed clinical treatment, care coordination, and recovery support to ensure that successes achieved are long lasting. Our workforce development services include assessment, credentialed career training, education placement, job search assistance, placement, retention & follow-up services, and wrap around support services.

 

Volunteer Description

Chemical Health DivisionSeveral opportunities are available in the chemical health division to help within the Mothers Achieving Recovery for Family Unity (MARFU) program.  This program allows mothers who are in need of chemical health services to remain united with their children while utilizing our treatment and recovery maintenance services.  AVIVO's family services are also designed to help educate the mothers about parenting, childhood development, and healthy families.  Volunteers in this area must have experience working with children.


1. Childhood Development Assistants are needed for morning or afternoon programming designed to prepare children ages infant to 5 years old for kindergarten.  Volunteers interact with children one-on-one or in small groups completing short lessons based around developing cognitive skills, motor skills, and creativity. 

Where:

Minneapolis

When:

Monday-Friday Mornings 8:30am-12:30 pm OR

Monday-Friday Afternoons 12:30pm-4pm

Commitment:

3 months


2. Children's Activities Assistants are needed in the afternoon to interact with youth in our family program while mothers engage in a parenting workshop.  Volunteers could work with youth from infant to high school aged, but more commonly volunteers help with the infant to 5 year old group.  Activities may include homework, play, games, crafts, reading, etc. 

Where:

Minneapolis

When:

Every Monday or Tuesday  3:30 to 6:00pm

Commitment:

3 months


3. Celebrating Families Curriculum Assistants are needed to assist with leading activities for children in the youngest age group (0-5 yr old).  This curriculum is a 16 week lesson plan that we will rotate - we require that volunteers in this opportunity make the 16 week commitment or if beginning in the middle of the rotation, to commit to at least that session, preferably the following as well.

Where:

Minneapolis

When:

Beginning Jan.11th, Every Thursday 4:30-7pm

Commitment:

16 weeks minimum

 

Training Division AVIVO Institute of Career and Technical Education provides training to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment. Our training division support adult students in both beginner and advanced Microsoft Office Suite courses.

1.      Classroom Assistant/ Lab Assistants are needed to assist AVIVO training staff with helping adult students while they are in the classroom learning Microsoft products. Students are adults of varying ages and abilities. Duties include but are not limited to: Assist adult learners with computers, programs, procedures, and projects related to their specific class. Instructor may give other tasks. Volunteer must be fluent and able to clearly give instructions on Microsoft Office 2010 products - may be asked to take an assessment before beginning to volunteer.

 

Where:

Minneapolis

When:

Morning or Afternoons, 3 hours/week

Commitment:

3 month minimum

 

Mental Health Support Division:  Avivo offers wellness and recovery-focused services, in our Community Support Programs (CSP), for adults who are living with a serious or persistent mental illness and who reside in Hennepin County.  CSP members find caring staff members who provide connections to community resources and supports, housing, assistance, career counseling, social and recreational opportunities, and health and wellness education/activities. 

1.       CSP Drop-in Assistants are needed to interact with members during open hours, role model good social skills and encourage social interaction, assist staff with groups and events when needed, assist staff with stocking supplies and cleaning up at the end of the shift and other duties as needed.  Volunteers must learn and follow CSP policies related to confidentiality and boundaries and be comfortable working with individuals with a mental illness in a community based setting. 

 

Where:

Minneapolis

When:

Mon-Thurs 11-5; Fridays 11-4

Commitment:

3 month minimum

 

Where:

Bloomington

When:

M, T, Th, F 12-5; Wed 2:30-6:30; Sat 12-4

Commitment:

3 month minimum

 

               

Where:

Crystal

When:

M, T, W, F 11-4; Th 11-2 and 5-7

Commitment:

3 month minimum

 

How to apply: Contact Rebecca Bedner at volunteers@avivomn.org or 612-752-8030 to begin application process. Volunteers are required to attend an orientation session and complete a background check.