The Volunteer Advocate Program helps promote the health, safety and welfare of residents age 60 and older who live in nursing homes. Advocates help protect residents’ rights and ensure quality of care by making regular visits to a local nursing home. Volunteers must complete a 32-hour training program and shadow and existing volunteer to become a Certified Volunteer Advocate.
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Anyone over the age of 21 who is interested in volunteering can email Deirdre Mraw, Program Coordinator, at Deirdre.Mraw@advocate.state.nj.us or call 609.826.5053.
“A volunteer advocate is the voice for those who have none, and helps to make each community a better place to live for all its residents,” said New Jersey Ombudsman James W. McCracken, who – since being named Ombudsman in December 2010, has stepped up outreach efforts in support of the volunteer program.