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ORGANIZATION: LITA (Love Is The Answer)

LITA LOVE IS THE ANSWER

Can you visit with an isolated, lonely older adult once a week?

In partnership with Vivalon, LITA reaches out to lonely older adults who are essentially homebound and are likely not see or interact with anyone for days and weeks at a time. Volunteers will visit with a Vivalon Client once a week for 20-60 minutes. LITA will match you with the resident client after providing training and ongoing support so that you feel comfortable connecting with your new friend.

This volunteer opportunity has been adapted since the beginning of the Covid pandemic. Visiting by phone or video is still encouraged, but there are some circumstances that allow for visiting with the client resident outdoors.

Let us know if you would like to help reduce isolation and loneliness in your community. #415-472-5482 Volunteer@litamarin.org

Requirements:

  • Two non-family references
  • Background check for in-person visiting inside the clients home
  • Must be over 20 years of age
  • One hour orientation provided by LITA virtually or in-person

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About LITA (Love Is The Answer)

Location:

4340 Redwood Hwy, Suite #F 103, 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 Dementia training & Support Pet Connections Seniors in the Park During the Covid 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

Pre & 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 or driver's license
  • COVID Vaccine & Booster card
Other Events:
  • Brown bag lunch & learns
  • Memory Care Buddies workshops
  • Volunteer celebration events
  • Marin Senior Fair
  • CVNL's Volunteer Fair
Partnerships:
  • Vivalon
  • Visit.org
  • Muttville Senior Dog Rescue






CAUSE AREAS

Health & Medicine
People with Disabilities
Seniors
Health & Medicine, People with Disabilities, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations San Rafael, CA 94903

(38.027,-122.54858)
 

SKILLS

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

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • Up to 1 hour per weekly for a minimum of 6 months

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