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!
Two non-family references
Background check (We will convert this opportunity back to it's original in-person, indoors format after the pandemic)
4340 Redwood Highway, Suite F101, San Rafael, CA 94903, US
To improve the quality of life of older adults living in Marin county long-term care and retirement facilities by providing volunteer friends. LITA promotes friendships that help reduce isolation and loneliness while increasing public awareness of the social needs of residents of older adults in our community.
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:
Bridging Thru Music
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.
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.