VISIT A SENIOR

Published

06/25/2018

Start Date

06/25/2018

End Date

01/01/2019

Time Commitment

A few hours per week

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)

Address

New York
New York
United States

Description

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is working with the Department for the Aging to connect volunteers with homebound older New Yorkers to have in-home visits on a regular basis. The seniors in our program are located on the East Side of Manhattan from 59th street to 143rd Street, as well as on Roosevelt Island. For volunteers, friendly visiting offers the opportunity to cultivate a lasting friendship, to learn from a senior’s life experiences, and to benefit from the personal satisfaction derived from community service. Friendly visiting leads to the creation of meaningful relationships between older adults and volunteers, promoting intergenerational understanding. For the senior, friendly visiting provides a sense of connection to the outside world, something to look forward to, and a sense of contributing to society through sharing their wisdom, knowledge, talents and stories with you.


Tasks:

  • Visit an older adult you are matched with once a week, in the senior’s home
  • Provide monthly reports/updates to the Friendly Visiting program coordinator


Requirements:

  • Commit to being a Friendly Visitor for a minimum of six months
  • Comfortable establishing a relationship with an older adult
  • Honest, mature, motivated, patient
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Willing and able to contact the program coordinator should problems arise
  • Participate in an in-person interview
  • Undergo and pass a background check and provide references


Skills Preferred:

  • Ability to speak languages other than English desired, but not required


Training:

  • Orientation/training provided by the Friendly Visiting program coordinator


Time Commitment:

  • One hour per week, for a period of six months
  • Flexible hours and days to allow for a mutually convenient time for the volunteer and senior to meet

How To Apply

lgoldman@lenoxhill.org
http://www.lenoxhill.org/friendly-visiting

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please email Lauren Goldman, Deputy Volunteer Director, at lgoldman@lenoxhill.org.


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