Home visitors are matched with a family in their community who is expecting a new baby, or has just birthed or adopted a new baby. Your training begins by attending a 90-minute orientation where all your questions are answered and you are given resources to follow your heart and gut while visiting your families. Volunteers are also required to attend 6 additional trainings per year, which are offered on-site at Good Beginnings but will also soon be available online.
Volunteers visit their families weekly or biweekly for 12 to 24 weeks postpartum for 2 to 3 hours. Volunteer home visitors need strong communication, skills and knowledge of service agencies available to assist families with newborn babies. Volunteers provide a link to community resources, offer education and support with emphasis on maternal/infant bonding, infant care, breastfeeding, fatherhood, nutrition, and literacy. Volunteers also encourage literacy awareness by bringing books (available from GBCV) and other reading material for babies, young children, and parents.
No one has signed up yet, but you could be the first!