West Seattle volunteering: 1-on-1 chance to make a difference

Some requests for volunteer help that we receive and publish may sound a little vague, and if that’s what’s kept you from lending a hand, here’s something different, and very specific, from the WSB inbox:

ElderFriends, a volunteer-based program of local non-profit Full Life Care, matches elders with friendly volunteer visitors who help relieve isolation and loneliness. We foster mutually rewarding friendships between our elders and volunteers. Pairs are matched based on geography, similar interests, and shared life experiences. We currently have 7 elders in and around West Seattle who are waiting to be matched with a volunteer. This is a great way to build a lasting friendship, while making a significant difference in the life of an elder in your community.

We ask that volunteers commit to visit an elder friend at least twice a month for one year. It is important that volunteers are comfortable listening attentively, initiating conversation, and being sensitive to the needs of isolated older adults. Volunteers must be over the age of 18, must pass a background check, and must attend a one-time training session.

If you’re interested in volunteering, or have questions about the ElderFriends program, you can contact Ginger Seybold, Director of Volunteer Programs, at 206.224.3790 or gingers@fulllifecare.org. You can also fill out a volunteer application online at www.elderfriends.org and someone will contact you.

4 Replies to "West Seattle volunteering: 1-on-1 chance to make a difference"

  • DBP April 20, 2012 (8:43 am)

    Wow. What a great story. I hope ElderFriends gets some community response based on this.

  • Sukie April 20, 2012 (9:08 am)

    Thanks so much for posting this article. I was thinking about volunteering with this organization or another organization that works with seniors and this was the motivation I needed to actually complete the application.

    • WSB April 20, 2012 (9:17 am)

      ::standing on chair cheering for you and all who volunteer (for this AND so much more):: Glad to hear it! – TR

  • Suzanne April 20, 2012 (11:38 am)

    So glad you posted this because it also prompted me to apply. It’s the perfect kind of volunteer position for me, and in West Seattle!

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