Not only has the COVID-19 coronavirus placed older adults and adults living with disabilities at very high risk of serious illness or death, but it has also made them more susceptible to social isolation and loneliness. Many older adults already live with a deep sense of disconnection from their community but the pandemic and related social distancing measures have made their sense of social isolation much worse.
The Social Engagement Program at Mystic Valley Elder Services is designed to help improve the health and well-being of isolated older adults in the community by providing meaningful social connection-whether it be through telephone calls, email, or eventually, regular visits.
We are looking for local volunteers who can get started now from the comfort and safety of your home! More detailed information about the program is below.
Our agency serves a diverse population, and this program will be no exception. It is our mission to recruit a diverse cohort of volunteers, and we encourage bilingual volunteers to ensure that all of our consumers feel heard! In addition to speaking their native language, cultural connections can also help build an even stronger connection. Currently, we are in search of an Italian speaker!
More about the Social Engagement Program at MVES!
There are three different options for program participants. Volunteers may choose one that is best for them, or could be involved in two, or all three!
Volunteers in all parts of this program will receive training and ongoing support. Considering that the goal of this program is to offer meaningful connections, we do ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of 1 year of service. Our expectation is that everyone would begin by being matched with just one person, however, if you are interested, we could potentially match with you up to 5 individuals looking for someone to connect with!
The Social Engagement Program includes the following services:
Telephone Reassurance Volunteers call an isolated individual, offering a social contact and friendly conversation. This program asks for a commitment of approximately 2-4 hours per week.
Email Pen Pal Program Volunteers provide a regular social and supportive email communication. This program requires a commitment of approximately 1-2 hours per week.
Friendly Visitor ProgramVolunteers provide home visits that focus on in-person socialization and companionship. This aspect of the program will only be done when it is safe to do so, and will ask for a commitment of approximately 1-2 hours per week. We are currently working on a design for this program to function safely for those that really need it.
About Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc./ Middlesex County RSVP
300 Commercial St, #19, Malden, MA 02148, US
Mystic Valley Elder Services is a non-profit agency that provides essential home- and community-based care and resources such as assistance with personal care, household chores, meals, and transportation to more than 20,000 older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers living in 11 communities north of Boston. The communities include Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield and Winthrop.] Middlesex County RSVP has the dual mission of engaging persons 55 and older in volunteer service to meet critical community needs and providing a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of volunteers.
RSVP is one of three national Senior Corp programs under the umbrella of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Middlesex County RSVP is authorized to engage volunteers age 55 and older, applying their skills and life experiences to high impact programs that provide literacy tutoring for struggling students, safe independence for elders and adults living with disabilities, and other critical assistance. Middlesex County RSVP communities include: Arlington, Belmont, Burlington, Cambridge, Everett, Lexington, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Winchester, and Woburn. Sponsor Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) also serves the communities of Chelsea, Winthrop, and Revere. MVES is a nonprofit organization that since 1975 has acted as an entry point through which elders, families, caregivers, and health care professionals can access a wide variety of programs, services, and supports. MVES is one of the largest in a network of 26 similar aging services organizations in Massachusetts. MVES promotes safe, independence for elders and adults living with disabilities in eight cities and towns north of Boston.
People with Disabilities
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
January 6, 2021
Case Work / Management
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
The program will ask for a commitment of approximately 1-5 hours per week, for a minimum of 1 year.
-Local to community
-Ability to be a good listener and communicator
-Compassionate, friendly, and understanding nature
-Commitment to confidentiality
-Previous experience with elders is helpful but not required
-Good written/record keeping