COMPASSIONATE OUTREACH was established to: promote awareness and compassion for the plight of lonely and isolated seniors; give isolated seniors the opportunity to connect socially and emotionally with the outside world; assist senior facilities/organizations in finding volunteers; and to engage community members in meaningful volunteer work. The following volunteer positions only take 1-2 hours per month. Some have flexible hours depending on the volunteer’s availability.
1) THE FLOWER BRIGADE – Volunteers serve on teams that help with flower arranging activities.
Flower Pick Up Volunteers– Pick up flowers from Trader Joe’s and deliver to nursing home.
Flower Prep Volunteers – Cull flowers, cut to length, and put in buckets to be used in arranging activity.
Flower Arrangers – Help residents arrange vases of flowers to keep in their rooms.Flower Delivery Volunteers – Take flowers to home bound individuals.
Gardeners – Assist with planting/tending plants for the residents to enjoy.
2) FRIENDLY VISITORS – Volunteers are matched with residents based on common interest.
Visitation Volunteer – Read to residents, write letters for residents, play games, listen to music, talk, etc.
Entertainment Cart Volunteer– Roll cart room to room, offering books, games, puzzles etc.
Pet Therapy – Visit individual nursing home residents with a trained therapy dog.
Book Distributor -Box/Transport books from Friends of the Library for nursing homes/senior facilities.
3) CREATIVE CONNECTIONS – Volunteers can participate in the following activities.
Knit or Crochet – Make afghans for residents in wheelchairs.
Greeting Cards Volunteer – Recycle donated greeting/holiday cards for residents to use.
Volunteer’s Choice– Volunteers can bring their own arts/crafts or assist with ongoing group activities.
Coordinator: Jean Blank