"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 -
your intelligence with others. But be
careful not to come across as
Feel Gooder, Carl
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
Companions and then click on your state.
Let me repeat, there is
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.
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
- 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
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:
Bringing companionship and friendship to
challenged folk is a truly and deeply rewarding
hobby. The majority of our volunteers are active
Turning hobbies into help
American-Statesman (subscription) -
... 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? ...
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:
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