Are you interested in improving the quality of life for individuals who reside in long-term care facilities? You can make a difference! LIFE at RCIL and the NYS Long Term Care Ombudsman program are hosting a Reception for those who may be interested in volunteering. The event will take place on Tuesday, January 28th from Noon – 1:30pm at RCIL’s Dorothy Smith Center for Advocacy located at 1607 Genesee Street in Utica. Light refreshments will be served.


The Ombudsman Program helps residents and their families understand and exercise their rights regarding quality of care and quality of life while living in a long-term care facility. Ombudsmen volunteers complete a FREE state certification course and are assigned to a local facility where they commit to providing a regular presence of about 2-4 hours per week. Once placed in a facility, Ombudsmen Volunteers establish relationships with the resident population and further dedicate their time to help resolve resident grievances.


“Ombudsmen Volunteers have a deep loving concern for others. They commit to educate, empower and advocate for residents in local long-term care facilities. Ombudsmen often serve as a voice for those that can no longer advocate for themselves. If you have a passion to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable populations and enjoy problem solving- this may be the volunteer experience for you!” explained Krystal Curley, Local Long-Term Care Senior Ombudsman Program Coordinator.


Join us to learn more about this great volunteer opportunity! Just a little bit of your time (about 2-4 hours per week) can have a big impact on the quality of life for others! Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 21st by calling 315-272-1872.

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