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ORGANIZATION: Aging and Disability Services

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Lady Knitting

A local nonagenarian who loves to feed and watch birds, plant, and tend her flowers and vegetables needs a friendly visitor to chat and pass the time or go for a walk when the weather is nice. If you have the time, perhaps you could pick up some incidentals at the local store or make the day special with a trip out for coffee or lunch! Watch and enjoy the birds while you bring joy to a neighbor who is legally blind.

Today is the day to make a difference in your life and that of a neighbor. With just an hour or two per week you can be a friendly visitor, a shopping buddy or a reader for this neighbor who is legally blind.

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.

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About Aging and Disability Services

Location:

184 Windsor Avenue (Main Office), Volunteer Positions are in Most CT Towns, Windsor (Main Office), 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.

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
People with Disabilities
Seniors
Animals, People with Disabilities, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Main St.Middlebury, CT 06762

(41.52114,-73.12316)
 

SKILLS

  • Veterinary
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Outdoor Recreation

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Very Flexible! Make your own schedule with your new friend; do what you promise! Others will help.
  • Must be 18. Must attend one teleconference training session @ 1.25 hours -clear driving and criminal histories.

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