Social Distancing Got You Down? My Friends in Bridgeport Wrote the Book!

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Aging and Disability Services

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 5 people are interested
I Can Do a Lot, But I Cannot Drive
You can help!

If social distancing has you down, you could learn a thing or two from your neighbors who have written the book on social isolation. They have to take the bus or a cab to get groceries, never get out to the coffee shop for a chai tea or macchiato with friends and have trouble accessing online shopping or routine social networking platforms. It may 'novel' for us but it is the norm for them. YOU can help! Be ready to become a volunteer for a neighbor who is blind - you can help get them to the store and assist with reading labels, assist with sorting and reading mails, if you have a flexible daytime schedule an occasional doctor's visit would be Fantastic! You can help with just a few hours per week or month and the schedule is flexible for you and your new friend to plan based on your availability. It's so easy...

Requirements to be a great volunteer include:

  • a desire to help others;
  • a pleasant demeanor;
  • a good reading/speaking voice;
  • average reading skills;
  • organizational or planning abilities;
  • a good driving record;
  • a clear criminal history;
  • two references
  • access to a car with proof of insurance;
  • a minimum of $50/100k liability and $5,000 of property damage coverage.

Volunteers will be matched within three to five miles of home or work.

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About Aging and Disability Services

Location:

184 Windsor Avenue, Volunteer Positions in Most CT Towns, Windsor, CT 06095, US

Mission Statement

Maximizing opportunities for the independence and well-being of people with disabilities and older adults in Connecticut. Core Values INTEGRITY: We interact honestly and fairly with all others, adhering to strong ethics, values and principals. RESPECT: We value and recognize others for their unique skills, talents and contributions, and are considerate in all interactions. PROFESSIONALISM: We are mindful of our daily conduct and strive to have the highest work standards with a courteous attitude. OPEN COMMUNICATION: We encourage the sharing of information and knowledge in an accurate, honest and supportive way.

Description

Aging and Disability Services: Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind

Welcome to the Department of Aging and Disability Services. Our programs, policies and practices are designed to:

  • Deliver integrated aging and disability services responsive to the needs of Connecticut citizens;
  • Provide leadership on aging and disability issues statewide;
  • Provide and coordinate aging and disability programs and services in the areas of employment, education, independent living, accessibility and advocacy;
  • Advocate for the rights of Connecticut residents with disabilities and older adults; and
  • Serve as a resource on aging and disability issues at the state level.

The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind enables its clients to become more self-sufficient and to maximize their participation in the community, at school and in employment settings. It is important to note that most people who are legally blind retain a significant degree of practical vision.
Community
People with Disabilities
Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Main StreetYour TownBridgeport, CT 06608

(41.18587,-73.17921)
 

SKILLS

  • Elder care
  • Multi-Tasking
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Social Work

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Very Flexible, work it out with your new friend but be sure you can commit to what you promise.
  • Orientation session 1.25 hours over the phone

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