Our volunteer correspondents receive ongoing support
In the past, the Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) was responsible for recruiting, training, and supporting the people who make up the Volunteer Correspondent Program (VCP). “The Volunteer Correspondent Program coordinates an ongoing search for compassionate Volunteer Correspondents to meet the changing needs of individuals with an unmet need for
friendship and advocacy.
The VCP also provides ongoing training and support to Volunteer Correspondents. The VCP training materials are currently being revised to reflect changes in how services are accessed. If you are an active Volunteer Correspondent and have a specific training need, or want to request updated training materials, please contact the VCP.
The VCP is a paperless organization, whenever possible. Orientation materials are available on this page, and forms are available on our Forms page. Printed materials will be sent upon request only.
The VCP provides free training and support to all active Volunteer Correspondents through comprehensive online training materials, allowing incoming and veteran Volunteer Correspondents the opportunity to expand on their skills and knowdge in a convenient and flexible format. Training topics include a job description of what is expected from a Volunteer Correspondent, a brief history of the Volunteer Correspondent Program, available services and resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism, frequently used terminology and acronyms, rights and responsibilities of a Volunteer Correspondent, the person-centered planning process, communication within a team, preparing for meetings, mandatory reporting, filing a grievance, and preventing burnout. Our trainings are presented in a format that is easy to understand, with components to check for understanding in each module.