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College Partners Program with Maricopa Community Colleges

Change your life, change your community

Goal: Provide meaningful activities and socialization for a person living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias and provide respite for caregivers.

How it works:
  • Students visit people receiving supportive care (not hospice care) at a home or facility four hours a week per semester.

  • The program coordinator accompanies students on their first visit and provides support throughout their experience.

  • Students attend initial orientation training and spend Zoom educational hours monthly with physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

  • CDC guidelines followed for everyone’s safety.

What you give and gain:
  • Improved quality of life for people living with dementia and their caregivers.

  • Direct experience interacting with a person with dementia and understanding of dementia through educational sessions.

  • A Dementia Training Certificate upon completion of two semesters.

  • Letter of recommendation from the program —advanced education programs have accepted applicants partially based on this unique experience.

  • Stipend for travel based on eligibility.

  • Scholarship opportunities for participation.

Maricopa Community Colleges support volunteer recruitment for Hospice of the Valley’s Volunteer Program

For questions or to apply:  Contact Holly Cottor at hcottor@hov.org or (602) 515-6207.