Volunteers Are Needed to Help Older Adults in Our Community!
Your talents, time and experience can assist an older or disabled younger adult who lives in Lower Merion or Narberth.
Who Can Help?
- Working Adults
- Retired Persons
Whatever your professional background or age, you can help someone who needs the assistance of caring neighbors to remain in their home. The experienced ElderNet staff provides orientation and direction.
How Can I Help?
Transportation: Give rides and escort frail or disabled persons to medical appointments, shopping and other necessary trips.
Telephone Reassurance: Call a homebound person daily or as needed to make sure the person is all right. Be part of an action support system for emergencies.
Shopping: Shop regularly with or for an older person.
Financial Management Assistance: Help balance checkbooks, organize a bill paying system for monthly expenses, read or explain mail and help fill out benefit forms.
Friendly Visitors: Make regular visits to an older homebound adult. The visitor eases loneliness and isolation of an older person, performs small tasks, and serves as a liaison between the community and the individual.
Odd Jobs: Wash windows, hang pictures, help with laundry, put in screens or storm windows, change light bulbs, pack or organize closets or household goods, perform simple repairs or housecleaning.
Garden Help: On a one time or regular basis, mow a lawn, rake leaves, trim bushes, plant flowers, shovel snow, provide fall and spring yard clean-up or clean-out storage areas.
Skilled work: Use your skills for minor repairs, small carpentry jobs, painting, programming telephones and appliances. Other skills you have to share are also needed.
Holiday Food Baskets: You or your organization can be matched with one or more area families to help stretch their holiday budgets. Buy and deliver a selection of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas dinner items or gifts.
Travel and Expenses
ElderNet can reimburse volunteers for mileage, gas and parking expenses. Public transportation fare may also be reimbursed.
Students who attend Main Line area Schools and Colleges are welcomed and valued Volunteers at ElderNet. They give at least an hour a week of their time by arrangement.
Job Descriptions for College Students and High School Students
Friendly Visitors: Friendly visitors call on older homebound adults and disabled younger adults who are still living in their own homes in Lower Merion Township and Narberth. They usually spend an hour or so each week doing whatever their friend wishes - sometimes reading, sometimes looking over old photographs or news clippings, reminiscing, sometimes chatting about college life or family while sharing a cup of tea. We try to pair students with clients who are easily reached and whose needs and interest are compatible with their own (current events, travel, work or leisure interests, for example.)
Friendly Shoppers: Friendly Shoppers are students who have cars and are willing to do errands for the homebound elderly or disabled adults. They do grocery shopping, pick up medicines, and go to the bank or post office. They do not take people in their cars. (Exception - a minor student living at home, with parents� approval, may transport a client.)
Odd Jobs Helpers: Volunteers are needed for occasional requests such as raking and bagging leaves, helping a client to clean out a closet or pack to prepare for moving, washing windows, snow shoveling, painting, housecleaning or doing laundry. Many of these are one-time assignments, others are ongoing.
Interested in Volunteering?
Please use the information on this printable form, and send it to ElderNet (see address below) or contact Beth Fast, Volunteer Director at 610-525-0706 or by e-mail at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org