CareTeam Program

Multifaith Works AIDS CareTeams

Multifaith Works AIDS CareTeams offer people of all faiths a common volunteer experience by providing practical support and friendship to people living with HIV/AIDS. Both volunteers and CarePartners  (clients) report tremendous benefits through their involvement on CareTeams.

The Need

Although many people living with HIV/AIDS have benefited from new medical treatments, others continue to live with debilitating side effects from potent medications, along with isolation and fear. As part of our compassionate response to HIV/AIDS, Multifaith Works recruits and trains volunteers for AIDS CareTeams.

What is an AIDS CareTeam?

  • Each CareTeam is made up of 7 to 14 volunteers. A CareTeam may come from one or two congregations, a college, or other group. A team may be interfaith; some teams include individuals with no religious affiliation.
  • CareTeam volunteers range in age from 16 to 85. Teams include professionals, students, retirees and others with diverse life experiences. Current volunteers represent 22 different faith perspectives.
  • Working with a team, each volunteer can make a difference even though her/his individual time commitment may be limited.

What AIDS CareTeams Do

  • Each CareTeam is matched with an individual or household living with HIV/AIDS, referred to as the “CarePartner(s).”
  • CareTeam members form relationships with their CarePartner and do the things friends do. All activities depend on the needs of the CarePartner.
  • Activities may include practical and/or emotional support such as: visits, transportation, social outings, phone calls, birthday parties, childcare, light housework, cards and notes, potlucks or other meal support. 

Mutual Support for CareTeams

  • CareTeam members first attend a one-day volunteer training, then meet as a team for coaching on team formation and service guidelines.
  • Each CareTeam meets monthly for planning and mutual support. 
  • Each CareTeam has leaders who meet monthly with leaders from other CareTeams for support and information.
  • CareTeam members often report that serving people with AIDS and working with other team members brings them personal satisfaction, blessings and rewards.

CareTeams Do Not Preach

By their nonjudgmental, compassionate presence, CareTeams represent a loving God to persons who often feel that they are somehow being “punished by God.” Through their caring attitudes, team members encourage empowerment, acceptance and hope.

Current AIDS CareTeams

There are currently 44 Multifaith Works AIDS CareTeams serving 84 CarePartners, including men, women, and teenagers:

All Pilgrims Christian Interfaith #2
All Pilgrims/ Seattle First Baptist
Amigos de Luis
Ariel House (MS)
Beacon House
Bellevue First Congregational UCC
Broadview Community UCC
Central District
Christ/St. Stephen’s Episcopal/St. Anthony’s Catholic
Eastside Ecumenical
First AME (African Methodist Episcopal)
Gwen Beighle House Interfaith
Holy Family Catholic Kirkland
Holy Spirit Catholic Kent
Interfaith North
Lake Burien Presbyterian
Medical Arts
Mount Zion Baptist
Phinney Ridge Interfaith
Primetimers / Seattle First Baptist
Renton Methodist / Presbyterian
Seattle University #1
Seattle University #4
St. Benedict’s Catholic
St. James Catholic Cathedral
St. John the Baptist Interfaith
St. Luke’s Episcopal Renton
St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic
St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral
St. Therese Catholic Interfaith
St. Therese Catholic #2
Temple Beth Am Interfaith
University Congregational UCC
University of Washington / Seattle Pacific University
University Presbyterian Church
University Temple United Methodist
Wallingford United Methodist
West Seattle Interfaith
Woodland Park Presbyterian
Be sure to check out other Multifaith Works Volunteer Opportunities and the next scheduled AIDS Volunteer Training.
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