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"Treat a man as he appears to be and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe      1749-1832, Poet and Novelist

Some Service  Tips  Too

1. Wanna feel good about yourself - share your intelligence with others. But be careful not to come across as 'bragadocious".
Feel Gooder, Carl S.

2.  I recently joined the Senior Companion program, & would like to say a few things about it. As a volunteer, I get a yearly physical, background check, meal and mileage allotments and a small hourly stipend. The 'client', who must be housebound gets a person to visit every week for a few hours (4) and help with shopping, doctor visits or just socializing, depending on the clients needs. There is NO COST to the client. The program is nationwide and you can find the nearest office by logging on to www.seniorcorps.org,  then click on Senior Companions and then click on your state. Let me repeat, there is NO COST to the client, and no means testing (other than being housebound. Anyone who has need of a companion once a week is welcome to ask for one. I am seeing two clients presently, both have had strokes and have some difficulty getting around. One is married and my visit gives his wife a break from dealing with him 24/7. I just found this site and will be checking back from time to time. If you have questions I will try to address them,or just go to their web site.       Thank you. Lee O.

3. The National Senior Service Corps helps people age 55 and older find service opportunities related to their interests and close to home. The Senior Corps includes three programs:

  • Foster Grandparents provide support to children with special needs;
  • Senior Companions offer assistance to help elderly individuals live independently;
  • Retired and Senior Volunteers tend to a variety of local services that range from leading local museum tours to teaching adult education computer classes.

Together, these programs involve over one half million seniors serving in tens of thousands of sites across the country.

4. Combine a hobby with a valuable service to other Seniors     Velma’s Pets As Therapy. Active retirees with friendly pets, wanted to train as ‘pets as therapy’ visitors. We train people and their pets to visit challenged adults and children in residential care, hospitals, nursing homes and challenged individuals living at home; to raise their spirits and brighten up their day. Please see our web site at: www.velmaspetsastherapy.com.au  Bringing companionship and friendship to challenged folk is a truly and deeply rewarding hobby. The majority of our volunteers are active retirees.

5. Turning hobbies into help
Austin American-Statesman (subscription) - Austin,TX,USA
... There are plenty of ways to help nonprofits: donate goods, cash or volunteer hours. But you can also turn your hobbies into charity. Like to paint? ...

6. Senior citizens are needed as volunteers by an organization that helps young people around the world. Youth For Understanding (YFU) USA is seeking seniors to help in communities across the country to prepare young people for their responsibilities and challenges in a changing, interdependent global community.  Learn more: http://www.yfu-usa.org/

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