Studies show that having a pet can significantly improve a person's mental and physical health. Many seniors have pets, but need a little help caring for them. HELP A SENIOR KEEP THEIR PET!!
I currently have a senior in Queens Village and she needs help taking care of and cleaning up her 11 cats! Could you help, even once a week for six months?
Volunteers are needed to visit with the senior, and help them care for their pet. The volunteers might walk a dog, clean a litter box, pick up pet food or litter, take a pet to the vet and/or foster a pet if the senior becomes hospitalized. We are looking for volunteers to do some or all of these things.
Friendly visiting is an easy, fun, rewarding way to become involved in your community. We only ask for one hour per week (or more if YOU chose)! Many seniors want to play cards or games and go for walks. This is a great way to make a difference in someone's life and their pets life!
The Friendly Visitor Program is run by Sunnyside Community Services and covers areas of Western Queens including Astoria, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Corona, Forest Hills, Flushing, Maspeth, Middle Village, Long Island City, Ridgewood, Sunnyside, Woodside, Rego Park and more.
Friendly Visitors are volunteers who visit home bound elderly for about an hour each week in their homes. Volunteers reduce feelings of isolation, and help improve seniors' mental and physical health. Seniors are able to stay in their homes and communities longer. Volunteers can dramatically improve the quality of a seniors' life.
The Friendly Visitor Program is funded by grants from CityMeals-on-Wheels and Amie's Place Foundation and serves homebound seniors who receive meal deliveries. Clients receiving visitors are often unable to go outside on their own and depend on visitors for social interaction.
Friendly Visitors receive training, support and feedback from the Friendly Visiting Coordinator. We will match you with someone who shares your interests and schedule and is located (ideally) within 30 minutes of your home or office.