Volunteer Services: What the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) Wants You to Know

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The Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) has developed a Volunteer Management System that offers volunteers a standardized orientation, scheduling, and training process as well as twelve new volunteer position descriptions that contain professional responsibilities volunteers can apply to personal career advancement.

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The Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) has developed a Volunteer Management System that offers volunteers a standardized orientation, scheduling, and training process as well as twelve new volunteer position descriptions that contain professional responsibilities volunteers can apply to personal career advancement.

The heart of CCAR’s Volunteer Management System is in its volunteer trainings. Volunteers participate in a variety of trainings designed to build skills specific to the volunteer’s task, recovery interests and needs, including volunteer orientation training. Trainings incorporate transformational language and elements to enhance volunteer’s self-esteem, strengthen their recovery, and build their recovery capital. CCAR’s mandatory training series for volunteers teaches communication skills, team building, and focuses on incorporating recovery into a volunteer’s life. After completed required trainings, volunteers will have a clear understanding of CCAR’s Recovery Center values and ethics, the policies and procedures, the nuts and bolts of advocacy and recovery service.

The Volunteer Program of CCAR supports the CCAR mission in organizing the recovery community and its ability to care. It aims to provide a variety of effective peer-to-peer recovery support services that addresses the needs of the recovery community.

The Volunteer Program works on several core values:

-CCAR engages in a participatory process.
-CCAR listens to its membership and attempts to incorporate their suggestions.
-CCAR promotes the primacy of individual recovery.
-CCAR continues to identify, nurture, and develop leadership within the recovering community.
-CCAR ensures cultural diversity and inclusion.
-CCAR looks for opportunities for individuals to use their gifts and develop their strengths.

For more information on CCAR and its recovery services and support, please visit http://www.ccar.us or email the Volunteer Manager at conrad(at)ccar(dot)us.

Since 1998 the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) has organized the recovery community (people in recovery, family members, friends and allies) to put a face on recovery and to provide recovery support services to help sustain recovery. By promoting recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction through advocacy, education and service, CCAR strives to end discrimination surrounding addiction and recovery, open new doors and remove barriers to recovery, maintain and sustain recovery regardless of the pathway, all the while ensuring that all people in recovery, and people seeking recovery, are treated with dignity and respect. CCAR envisions a world where the power, hope and healing of recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction is thoroughly understood and embraced. For more information, visit http://www.ccar.us.

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