Core Volunteer - Project Compassion volunteers visit one-to-one with nursing home residents, provide friendship, listen to them, encourage them to reminisce and maintain interest in people, activities and events in the nursing home and in the greater community. They can also assist residents with bingo, shopping, crafts, field trips and other group activities.
Other Opportunities Include:
Music Volunteer - These volunteers go to the nursing home to play and share music. They can play instruments, sing, or help with our Lowrey Magic Wellness Activity (No musical knowledge required. Training provided by Project Compassion.) School groups and youth organizations can be scheduled.
Pet Volunteer - Volunteers bring their mild mannered pets to visit with nursing home residents. Most residents have to leave their beloved pets behind when they move into a nursing home and this interaction is very much appreciated. Project Compassion will screen the pets and current shot records are required.
GrandFriends - Volunteers who are under the age of 18, accompanied by an adult, who want to visit with residents, join in activities, sing, dance, perform skits, make cards, and help with holiday events. Church youth groups, school groups, scouting programs, youth clubs and service organizations are encouraged to volunteer.
Write To A Resident - For volunteers who may or may not visit inside the nursing home, Project Compassion provides cards and information to volunteers who would like to write letters or send cards. This is a great classroom activity for students and corporate department projects. Residents love to receive mail!
Episodic Volunteer - Students, civic organizations, and corporate partner employees who need to complete a certain amount of service hours and would like to visit residents in the nursing home and/or help with activities.
Office Volunteer - Helps with data entry, makes copies, answers phones, coordinates special projects, and general office work at the Project Compassion office.
Event Volunteer - Volunteers who help the Project Compassion staff with special events either inside the nursing homes, or at the Project Compassion office during campaigns such as Hearts of Gold Open House during Christmas time, and Easter plush bunny collection/delivery in the Spring. Volunteers may also help with luncheons, receptions, and other meetings that occur throughout the year.
Hearts of Gold Volunteer - Helps inventory, pack, and deliver Hearts of Gold gifts to residents of nursing homes during Christmas time.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Project Compassion, Inc.
1205 South Albert Pike, The Center at Trinity Jr. High, Fort Smith, AR 72903, US
Bringing joy, companionship, and quality of life to residents of nursing homes.
A Fort Smith-based nonprofit, Project Compassion is dedicated to the dream come true of its founder, the late Gloria White, who worked tirelessly to see that no nursing home resident would live or die alone or be without a friend to care about and to count on for occasional visits. Project Compassion began in 1972 as a volunteer one-to-one visitation program. Today, this focus is still the heartbeat of the organization. Project Compassion volunteers visit with residents, listen to them, encourage them to reminisce and maintain interest in people, activities and events in the nursing home and in the greater community. Volunteers of all ages provide friendship, music and pet therapy. They also assist residents with bingo, shopping, crafts, field trips and other group activities. We have a variety of fun activities and volunteer opportunities for school students and youth organizations to give back to their communities as they make friends with our residents. These are our GrandFriends ages 5-17. The Hearts of Gold campaign helps to provide gifts of warm clothing and comfort to those with no family at Christmas and in other times of need. At Easter, plush bunnies and other small gifts are delivered to residents by volunteers. We help residents live a vibrant, purposeful life and friendship is one of the most important aspects of living well. We are a United Way Community Partner.
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Saint Scholastica Retreat Center1205 South Albert PikeFort Smith, AR72903