Almost Home Kids

Organization Address

7 S 721 Rte. 53
Naperville, IL 60540 (Woodridge township)

Name and Position of Contact Person

Lisa Snow, Community Outreach Coordinator

Email Address:
lsnow@almosthomekids.org

** Email is preferred choice of communication

Phone Number

(630) 786-1755

Website Address

www.almosthomekids.org

Days/Hours Available for Service Learners

Available volunteer shifts between the hours of 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. (limit of 2 hours/day)You will be part of a web based volunteer scheduling system.

Description of Organization

Almost Home Kids located in unincorporated Naperville (Lisle/Woodridge Township) IL, provides a Transitional Health Care Program for children ages infant to 21 years of age who are medically fragile but are ready to be discharged from the hospital. In a comforting, homelike setting, children receive 24-hour medical and nursing care from pediatric nurses. We are a bridge between hospital (NICU & PICU) and home. The children we care for are medically fragile but benefit from a volunteer's interaction. Please look at our website www.AlmostHomeKids.org before deciding if you would be comfortable in this setting and to determine if AHK is the right place for you to volunteer. I will be registering students at the COD Service Learning Fair!

Description of Service Learner Role

Interact appropriately with a child who is medically fragile according to the age of development and capabilities of the child. Engage the children with sensory toys, board games, reading books, music, rocking babies and providing companionship. Many of our children rely on quite a bit of medical technology for their daily existence (trachs, ventilators, heart monitors & feeding tubes) and often are not verbal or mobile, so that is something you would need to be comfortable with.

Organization Requirements

  • • Complete an on-line New Volunteer Application form on the AHK website (Priority will be given to students that can attend the SL Fair & can meet the AHK representative)
    • You will be invited to attend a Volunteer Orientation at the AHK Naperville (Lisa Snow will contact you regarding orientation after the Service Learning Fair)
    • Documentation of a current negative TB test (within last 12 months) before the Orientation
    • Documentation of an annual Flu shot – October 1st to May 1st before the Orientation
    • Background check with DCFS (agency will file)
    • Color copy of Driver's License (front side only)
    • Commitment to volunteer schedule of a minimum of 4 hours/month for a minimum of 4-5 consecutive months for a total of 20 volunteer hours
    • Understanding of children with special medical needs

Number of Placements Available

8 per semester 
 

Contact Information

Career Services
Student Services Center (SSC) Room 3258
(630) 942-2230
Fax: (630) 942-4596

Summer Hours (Through Aug. 9)
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, Closed

Regular Hours:
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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