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Recreation Buddies Needed for Neighbors with Blindness

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Aging and Disability Services

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 8 people are interested
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Three local residents who are legally blind are interested in getting out into the community, having coffee, attending outdoor concerts or library programs, shopping or other events around town. They cannot drive due to legal blindness which leaves them socially isolated. If you have an hour or two per week for either of them (2 gents one lady) it would be greatly appreciated. Don't worry, you don't have to do it all, they have access to para transit and funds of their own, they just need a companion or social buddy and your connection will be one-to-one.

Requirements to be a great volunteer include:

  • a desire to help others;

  • a pleasant demeanor;

  • a good reading/speaking voice;

  • average reading skills;

  • organizational or planning abilities;

  • a good driving record;

  • a clear criminal history;

  • two references

  • access to a car with proof of insurance;

  • a minimum of $50/100k liability and $5,000 of property damage coverage.

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About Aging and Disability Services

Location:

184 Windsor Avenue, Volunteer Positions in Most CT Towns, Windsor, CT 06095, US

Mission Statement

Maximizing opportunities for the independence and well-being of people with disabilities and older adults in Connecticut. Core Values INTEGRITY: We interact honestly and fairly with all others, adhering to strong ethics, values and principals. RESPECT: We value and recognize others for their unique skills, talents and contributions, and are considerate in all interactions. PROFESSIONALISM: We are mindful of our daily conduct and strive to have the highest work standards with a courteous attitude. OPEN COMMUNICATION: We encourage the sharing of information and knowledge in an accurate, honest and supportive way.

Description

Aging and Disability Services: Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind

Welcome to the Department of Aging and Disability Services. Our programs, policies and practices are designed to:

  • Deliver integrated aging and disability services responsive to the needs of Connecticut citizens;
  • Provide leadership on aging and disability issues statewide;
  • Provide and coordinate aging and disability programs and services in the areas of employment, education, independent living, accessibility and advocacy;
  • Advocate for the rights of Connecticut residents with disabilities and older adults; and
  • Serve as a resource on aging and disability issues at the state level.

The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind enables its clients to become more self-sufficient and to maximize their participation in the community, at school and in employment settings. It is important to note that most people who are legally blind retain a significant degree of practical vision.
Community
People with Disabilities
Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Main StreetPortland, CT 06480

(41.57288,-72.64065)
 

SKILLS

  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Special Needs
  • Elder care
  • Life Coaching
  • People Skills
  • Mental Health

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Flexible! Make Your Own Schedule
  • Good Listening, Patient, Understanding, Helpful

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