Does your gentle pet love people? Visit Residents in their communities!
ORGANIZATION: LITA (Love Is The Answer)
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Do you have a relaxed, well-behaved and easy going pet who enjoys people? Many residents living in long term care and retirement communities miss the comfort of one or more pets in their lives, and some have especially requested LITA bring them a pet (dogs, cats and...?) to pet, cuddle with, sit on their lap, talk to and enjoy. Can you help us? When part of our Pet Connection Program, LITA will set you up in one or more older adult living communities to help reduce isolation and loneliness by sharing the love of your pet. Requirements are: Basic dog obedience, current vaccinations, volunteer orientation, references, CDL and a commitment of regular visits for a minimum of eight months is required. Visits day and times are negotiable. Email Volunteer@litamarin.org or call (415) 472-5482 for questions and to set up.
About LITA (Love Is The Answer)
4340 Redwood Hwy, Suite #F 103, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903, US
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.
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
- Official ID or driver's license
- COVID Vaccine & Booster card
- Brown bag lunch & learns
- Memory Care Buddies workshops
- Volunteer celebration events
- Marin Senior Fair
- CVNL's Volunteer Fair
- Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
San Rafael, CA 94903
July 12, 2022