County seeks volunteers for Orphans’ Court Guardianship Program
The Chester County Orphans’ Court appoints Guardians for people who require assistance in making decisions about their daily lives. The Guardian is responsible for protecting the person under guardianship (Ward), to manage any funds the person may have, and to arrange for care which will adequately provide for the Ward’s well-being. The purpose of the Court Volunteer Program is to provide the Court a way to obtain current information about Wards and to verify that each is receiving good care. The Court Visitor will also speak to the Guardian and to any other caregivers.
Volunteers require good listening skills, friendliness, common sense, objectivity and the ability to maintain confidentiality. Research Volunteers are also needed to update information from Court files and Auditor Volunteers are needed to review yearly financial reports. The Volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of the Court. A Training Session will be held for new Volunteers on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Chester County Justice Center, 201 W. Market Street, West Chester.
The Training will cover the Guardianship process, Wards’ rights, communicating with Wards that may have communication difficulties and what to look for on annual visits.
If you are looking for a Volunteer opportunity that offers interesting, important work and a flexible schedule, contact Nancy Breuer at (610) 344-6436 or Diane Mulhearn at (610) 344-5212 for more information.