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“It has taken me only three visits to Marbridge to fall in love, and not just with the amazing community it is, but with the people living their lives there! It has inspired me greatly to see people having fun and doing the authentic things that they enjoy.”  ~ Kara Rhodes, Volunteer

2017 Volunteer Appreciation Awards


Thank you to the following sponsors who graciously supported the 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Banquet!  Because of your generosity, we are able to celebrate and honor the many individuals who give of their time and talents to enrich the lives of our residents at Marbridge:

Frost Bank & Investments, Texas Keeper Cider, Gourmet Gals Catering, Whole Foods, McCoys Building Supply, and the Marbridge Parent & Family Association.  

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Volunteer Opportunities

INDIVIDUALS

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From companionship to horticulture therapy, we have a place for you. An hour of your time is a gift we welcome, and longer term commitments are welcomed too!  When you share your time and talents with Marbridge residents, you make their lives a better place —and yours too.  And we’d be pretty surprised if you didn’t have fun in the process.

Many of our residents have families that do not live in the Austin area, and some of our younger residents need a positive role model.  Be a guide and mentor for residents as they work to achieve their full potential. Play cards or head off campus for an outing or see a movie.

Ideal Commitment: 4 to 5 hours per month
Area: Ranch and Village

Attend Special Olympic competitions and show your support for the Marbridge Longhorns! Volunteers can make support signs, bring noise makers, and can sponsor meals or snacks for the Marbridge athletes.

Ideal Commitment: Determined by event
Area: Training & Education

We offer a wide variety of training classes for our residents, and there are opportunities to assist in the classroom. You can assist with computer training, letter writing, art projects, or even accompany the class on field trips.

Ideal Commitment: Flexible
Area: Training & Education

Volunteers are needed to facilitate a Saturday morning activity for our nursing home residents on a regular basis. This could be anything from an art project, to an adapted fitness class, to a book club. Suggestions are always welcome.

Ideal Commitment: 9a-10a weekly
Area: The Villa

Experience with horses is required. If you enjoy working with horses and don’t mind getting dirty, please come out to help with our growing equine therapy program. Guide our residents as they learn the basics of horsemanship through proper grooming and riding.

Ideal Commitment: Flexible/Mon-Fri/daytime
Area: Equestrian Therapy Center

Work with residents who would thrive under one-on-one attention. Read to them, listen to music with them, reminisce on old times, look at photographs, go for walks, or simply hold a hand and help them feel important. Many of the Compassion Team residents may be non-verbal, or nearing end-of-life, but they need and deserve a connection, a relationship, with another person.

Ideal Commitment: 2-4 hours weekly or biweekly
Area: The Villa

The Music & Memory pilot program at The Villa uses music to help residents with memory disorders reconnect with the world through specific, music-triggered memories with the ultimate goal of reducing use of medications. In addition, research shows that music triggering memories helps these individuals hold onto long-term memories for a longer period of time while encouraging speech and use of language. This essential program, supported by the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), needs volunteers to work with staff in identifying and creating customized playlists that connect in specific and meaningful ways with each resident participating. In addition, volunteers can assist in administering the program. Knowledge of iTunes and creating playlists is beneficial.

Area of Involvement: The Villa
Ideal Commitment: Flexible

Work with residents who would thrive under one-on-one attention. Read to them, listen to music with them, reminisce on old times, look at photographs, go for walks, or simply hold a hand and help them feel important. Many of the Compassion Team residents may be non-verbal, or nearing end-of-life, but they need and deserve a connection, a relationship, with another person.

Ideal Commitment: Thursdays 6:30pm at The Ranch or Tuesdays 2:30pm at The Villa

There is so much to do here at Marbridge – we’ll find something just right for you. You can assist our residents on one of our many community outings to museums, art exhibits, sporting events, and places of historical interest. Or, you could help some residents increase their independence by teaching them to cook. You can  help with community events here on campus, or reach out to others and encourage them to get involved too.

For more information on volunteering at Marbridge, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Haley Koop, at hkoop@marbridge.org or call (512) 282-1144, ext. 1050.

Download the INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

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