The Right at Home Solutions (RAHS) department developed a program called Neighbors Helping Neighbors that utilizes volunteers in many positions in order to help older adults and people with disabilities remain living independently in their own homes.
Through the lawn caretaking service, volunteers are matched with an individual or family to provide mowing and lawn service on a regular basis. Volunteers and clients set a regular schedule, however mowing typically occurs on a 10 day rotating cycle (7 day cycle in May and June). Volunteers use their own mower, however if a volunteer does not have their own equipment, they will be matched with a client who does. Volunteers are provided a gas card at the beginning of the season by Family Service Rochester.
- Set a mutually agreed upon schedule with client.
- Discuss mowing times with client.
- Discuss if clippings will be bagged or mulched with client, discuss trimming of grass with client.
- Contact the RAHS staff after each service to confirm time of service and share any other relevant information.
- Attend a mandatory volunteer orientation/training, available orientation dates can be found here. Please note that your application must be submitted and approved before registering for orientation.
- Immediately report any concerns to RAHS staff.
- Communicate clearly with client on expectations and scheduling, arrive at scheduled times.
- Call client and RAHS staff as soon as possible if you are unable to mow on a scheduled day.
*Varsity Letter in Community students are able to respond to this need even if you are not age 16 or older.
- Knowledge and ability to operate a lawn mower and accessories (trimmer, etc.)
- 14 years or older, adult supervision needed for anyone under 16.