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LITA (Love Is The Answer)

LITA LOVE IS THE ANSWER

Can you visit with an isolated, lonely older adult once a week? This volunteer opportunity has been adapted due to the Covid 19 pandemic, from visiting together inside your newly matched friend's home, to a virtual (phone or video chat ) or at a physical distance outside your newly matched friend's home. Enjoy human social connection but still keep safe!

LITA is partnering with Vivalon (Whistlestop) to reach out to lonely older adults who are homebound and see no one all week long. During this 6 month pilot, volunteers will make one social visit a week for about 45 minutes to one resident. LITA will match you with the resident and provide training and ongoing support so that you feel comfortable to visit and connect with your new friend.

Let us know if you are interested in helping LITA and Vivalon (Whistlestop) reduce isolation and loneliness in our community!

Requirements:

  • Two non-family references
  • Background check (We will convert this opportunity back to it's original in-person, indoors format after the pandemic)
  • Must be over 20
  • Orientation

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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





People with Disabilities
Seniors

WHEN

Mon Sep 20, 2021 - Wed Dec 15, 2021

WHERE

Multiple locations San Rafael, CA 94903

(38.027,-122.54858)
 

SKILLS

  • Elder care
  • Mental Health
  • Social Work
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • For up to 1 hour per week

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