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LITA of Contra Costa

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Pet parade at Lonetree organized by Love Is The Answer

LITA of CC directs all interested in Pet Visits to ARF’s PET HUGPACK program, providing volunteer opportunities in both Contra Costa and Alameda counties. If you to be a Pet Visitor and to comfort senior and disabled persons living in nursing care, at a large number ARF venues, please learn more about Pet Hug Pack(r) here

LITA Friendly Visitors are individuals and familes as well as volunteers for LITA’s Music Awakening iPod Compassion Project. Our Pet visitors are now referred to ARF. Please learn about Pet Hug Pack(r) here

At this t ime LITA serves facilites in El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Martinez, Richmond, Concord and Pleasant Hill.

LITA’s primary mission is finding friendly visitors for full time hospital residents. When a volunteer is under 18, parent or guardian must add their names and contact info to the email (or online) application. Few skilled nursing facilities have solo volunteers under age 18. Completing your LITA Application is Step 1. LITA can then arrange for you to meet the skilled nursing facility Activity Director, normally during week days before 5pm, for you to get an orientation and to set up the schedule you may have in mind *

LITA works with the nursing staff and facility Activity Director to help LITA volunteers have a satisfying volunteer experience. Any concerns / issues about the residents or hospital are reported to LITA first as we are diligent in requesting Ombudisman visits to check out any type of complaints. Pet Visitors will have an ARF contact. Please learn about Pet Hug Pack(r) here

Supporting Special Events and Services once a week or even twice a month is still a GREAT cause. LITA can help you "try it out" first, to decide if this volunteer work is for you. Painting ladies nails or bringing a pet is a good way to get to know one or several patients. You can connect with ARF after one trial visit with your pet before doing ARFs excellent preparation program when you decide to become a regular Pet visitor.

For one time visits : LITA would love to help you bring a safe "exotic" animal to visit a nursing home. We have had parrots and baby chickens, a rabbit and turtles. Call us to discuss an animal youd like to share.

Other special event visits: LITA encourages both pro and amateur lively arts such as music, dance, comedy and magic performances as well as simple crafts and art projects. We also organize Pet Parades in September. It is vital that you and the facility Activity Director agree on a specific activity day and plan for your one time visit. Most of event or one time visits need to be set up at least one month in advance.

  • * For "on going," weekly one on one, up close friendly in room visits: most skilled nursing facilities/convalescent hospitals require a current TB test in order to come in regularly, or on a weekly basis as a volunteer. Each facility will have their unique set of volunteer paperwork for you to complete. An orientation may be a single meeting with the AD or it may include a senior abuse prevention video and volunteer training along with a facility tour.

We look forward to working with you to bring the warm friendly contact elderly hospital residents need! Thank you contacting LITA of Contra Costa. Office ( 925) 212 4573 Email info@litaof

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About LITA of Contra Costa


PO BOX 121, 135 Prospect Avenue, PORT COSTA, CA 94569, US

Mission Statement

"Love Is The Answer" LITA of Contra Costa (since 1980) involves community members of all ages, educating and supporting youth, students families and aspiring artsts to be Volunteers to fulfill our Mission to imporve qualiaty of life for senior & disabled persons living full time in nursing care as well as memory care and assisted living facilities in Contra Costa County.


LITA of CC maintaints an average of 50 volunteers monthly who serve in over 30 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, primarily in Contra Costa County. LITA is non-sectarian. There is no charge for LITA volunteer services.

MUSIC AWAKENINGS: LITA has long supported the miracle of Music to enhance healing & joy. Volunteers program IPods especially for an individual patient (who may have speech, sight or social disabilities) with 4 or more hours of music from their prime of life. Songs on the play list stimulate golden memories, reducing stress, insomnia , agitation depression and alleviating sundowning. Spontaneously singing along with beloved lyrics, patients has created new pathways torestore speech.

LITA of Contra Costa consistently encourages Intergeneration Appreciation, with events and holiday or project visits for groups from preschool through High School and College. Family visits are also encouraged and supported within this Love Is The Answer volunteer program.

Arts Volunteers at all ages & levels of perfecting audio/visual, music, dance, acting, poetry and other performing & fine arts, share these gifts with seniors in continuing care. Our most popular LITA program is Pet Visitors bringing gentle dogs, cats, turtles birds.. Year round LITA manages dozens of Pet Parade Events.


We'll work with your schedule.


10 Events Contra Costa CountyNursing HospitalsAssisted Living ResidencesEl Cerrito, CA 94530



  • People Skills
  • Mental Health
  • Relationship Building
  • Patient Care


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • An hour each week or bi-monthly
  • Facility Volunteer application and vet records

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