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Serving Seniors – July 2020

Serving Seniors, July 2020

National Contracting Center wants to encourage our agents to support the senior population in your communities. Each month we will feature a nonprofit volunteer opportunity in a different city to include on our Serving Seniors page. Please take a look around and find something that speaks to you!

Please note: In light of the COVID19 pandemic, caution should be taken when choosing a volunteer opportunity:

  • Know what is expected of you.
  • Wear a mask when volunteering.
  • Be aware of the organization’s COVID 19 policies involving volunteering.
  • Consider a Virtual volunteer opportunity.
  • Refrain from volunteering outside of your home if you or someone you live with is ill.

This Month’s Feature

Community Tech Network
Virtual, Nationwide
Home Connect is aimed to support older adults eager to get online connected with loved ones, friends, and service providers. We are working with the San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services, and our senior center and housing partners to identify people in need. Our staff will get the senior set-up with Internet, ship them a pre-configured Android tablet and provide 5 hours of remote training. Afterward, our staff will hand-off the senior learner to a volunteer Digital Coach who will continue to provide remote training following the guidance of our Learning Pathways.

Volunteer Commitment & Qualifications

Establishing a strong, professional relationship with their Digital Coach is important to adult learners. Digital Coach Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and understand the importance of preserving the confidentiality of senior identity and information. We request a minimum 3-month commitment with at least one 1-hour shift per week.

Skills Needed

Compassion and patience are the two most important skills needed when working with those who have limited technology experience. We work with seniors, low-income adults, and marginalized populations that place a high value on trust and relationships. Since many have limited social networks, class lessons can sometimes be more social than technical, so personal skills are important and valued! Basic understanding of PC/Windows computers and/or iOS devices is needed, and a willingness to use the Internet to find answers for things you don’t know!

Visit https://www.communitytechnetwork.org/programs/ to learn more.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

The Salvation Army
Nationwide

The Salvation Army is dedicated to serving Seniors and the Elderly

More than three million people of all ages have volunteered their time, talents, and resources to assist The Salvation Army. Our volunteers are critical partners in helping us fulfill our promise to America of “Doing the Most Good.”

To get involved, please contact your local Salvation Army to see what opportunities are available. Services for the aging.

Knoxville Office on Aging
Knoxville, TN
For more information about volunteering to help with Mobile Meals & Senior Nutrition Program or one of their many other Senior Programs, email MobileMealsVols@knoxseniors.org or call 865-524-2786.
American Red Cross
Nationwide

Become a Red Cross Volunteer

When disaster strikes, Digital Volunteers assist the Social Engagement team by:

  • Monitoring online conversations for disaster-affected people who may need Red Cross help.
  • Sharing important disaster updates and resources through their personal social media accounts.
  • Offering a compassionate voice to people who have been impacted.

https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer.html

Honor Flight DCA Reagan National Airport

Washington, DC

Volunteer to Greet Honor Flight Veterans at DCA and the World War II Memorial!

Join Honor Flight DCA in welcoming 100+ Honor Flights to DC each year. They coordinate greetings at DCA airport & also at the WWII Memorial downtown.

For more information, email dca.honorflight@gmail.com or visit their website.

Meals on Wheels
Nationwide
 

Volunteer to drop off a warm meal to a homebound senior.

USE YOUR LUNCH BREAK TO MAKE SOMEONE’S DAY

The most common volunteer job is delivering meals and friendly greetings to homebound seniors. This typically involves picking up meals at a central location and delivering them along a pre-determined route directly to the homes of seniors in your area. Once you’re done, you return the delivery packaging items and get back on your way.

https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/americaletsdolunch

Share Your Volunteer Work

We encourage you to share the volunteer work you are doing in your community. Email us a pic of you and your agents in action! Please include the following so we can share it on our social media.

  • Your name/agency name.
  • City & state where you volunteered.
  • Name of the organization and what you accomplished.

Email pics & description to:  maeve.smith@nccagent.com

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