Join a group of people who advocate and enhance the quality of life for consumers who do not have the active support of a family member or guardian. As a Correspondent you are making sure the rights of a person with intellectual disabilities are respected and protected.
Time Commitment Required
Correspondents must visit their assigned person and attend his/her Person Centered Planning meeting (PCP).
- Visit the person’s home and, if appropriate, the day program.
- Call him/her by phone and/or send cards
- Correspondents should become fully aware of a person’s needs.
Correspondents are matched with individuals in their area. Interaction with the assigned person may be at his/her home, out in the community, by telephone conversation, and by mail.
- Upon being matched you will receive a Manual for Volunteer Correspondents.
- You may be expected to attend training sessions and/or special events occasionally.
All Correspondents have the support of the Maine Developmental Services Oversight and Advisory Board and their Executive Director at (207) 449-8888 at any time. Correspondents may also obtain information from their assigned person’s case manager.
- Advocate to assure that your assigned person’s needs are satisfied.
- Notify the Volunteer Correspondent Program office and your person’s case manager whenever your address or telephone number changes and if you are no longer able to perform your Correspondent duties.
- Notify DHHS Adult Protective Services (APS) whenever there is any suspicion or abuse, neglect, mistreatment, exploitation, or violation of the person’s rights.
- Honor the confidentiality of all information regarding the person to whom you have been assigned.
- Must be 18 years or older
- Have own transportation
- Ability to pass a criminal background check
- Compassionate, friendly, open personality a plus
Click here if you are ready to apply to become a Volunteer Correspondent!
Click here if you have been matched with consumers under private guardianship with a VC.