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LITA (Love Is The Answer)

LITA LOVE IS THE ANSWER

Read to the visually impaired, walk with someone, sit in the sunshine, attend facilities events together, play a game with another, do some trivia or word games. Help LITA take the lonely out of aging by visiting with one or more older adults in your community. Based on your interests, hobbies, location and schedule, LITA works to match you with a resident friend in a retirement or long-term care facility. A minimum six month commitment of weekly or biweekly visits at 30-60 minutes is required to be a LITA friend. Join us to help put smiles on faces by being a friend!

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About LITA (Love Is The Answer)

Location:

4340 Redwood Hwy, Suite #F 101, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903, US

Mission Statement

Founded in 1975, nonprofit organization LITA (Love is the Answer) is a Marin county that strives to improve the quality of life for older adults living in long-term care facilities by providing volunteer friends for regular visits and a variety of volunteer programs specifically designed to create meaningful connections. With the steady increase of Marin County's older adult population, LITA's programs to help cultivate mutually enriching social connections through: One-to-One friends Bridging Generations Bridging Thru Music Bridging Thru the Arts Family Connections Caring Connections Pet Connections Memory Care Buddy training and support During the Covid 19 pandemic, LITA coordinates: Card & Letter writing to residents isolated within their facilities Supports Phone & Video Chats between volunteers and their friends who reside in care communities Loans out e-tablets in to in-need facilities to help residents maintain social connections with family and friends Donates resourced items to faciliities for resident engagement such as magazines, radios, quilts, scarves, games, puzzles, arts/crafts supplies. Pre and Post Pandemic: LITA works with and places volunteers primarily in retirement and long-term care licensed communities. Through volunteer recruitment, screening and interviewing, volunteers are assessed for volunteer visiting readiness. Pets are evaluated and assessed for the Pet Connection program based on professional pet agency guidelines. References are a requirement and contacted for volunteering with LITA. Volunteer orientations are scheduled per Director and Volunteer availability. LITA's Director of volunteers provides ongoing and as-needed guidance, support, information to all volunteers. This includes brown bag lunch & learns, Memory Care Buddies workshops and annual volunteer celebration events. Some of the county events LITA participates in are the annual Marin County Senior Fair, and CVNL's Volunteer Fair.

Description

LITA connects lonely & isolation through:

  • One-to-One Friends
  • Bridging Generations
  • Bridging Thru Music & the Arts
  • Family Connections
  • Caring Connections
  • Pet Connections
  • Memory Care Buddies
  • Seniors in the Park

Due to Covid, LITA coordinates:

  • Card & Letter writing
  • Supports Phone & Video Chats
  • Loans out e-tablets in to in-need facilities to help residents maintain social connections with family and friends
  • Donates resourced items to facility's for resident engagement such as magazines, radios, quilts, scarves, games, puzzles, arts/crafts supplies.

Pre and Post Pandemic: LITA works with and places volunteers in retirement and long-term care licensed communities. Through volunteer recruitment, screening and interviewing, volunteers are assessed for volunteer visiting readiness. Pets are evaluated and assessed for the Pet Connection program based on professional pet agency guidelines.

Requirements to Volunteer:
  • Background Check
  • References
  • Orientation
  • Official ID &Vaccine card
Other Events:
  • Brown bag lunch & learns
  • Memory Care Buddies workshops
  • Volunteer celebration events
  • Marin Senior Fair
  • CVNL's Volunteer Fair





Community
People with Disabilities
Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

4340 Redwood Hwy, Suite F 101San Rafael, CA 94903

(37.99531,-122.52908)
 

SKILLS

  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Social Work

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Orientation or Training
  • 30-60 minutes, weekly or biweekly

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