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Dolphin Companions/ECS, formerly Dolphins of Delaware Valley

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Dolphin Companions are looking for wonderful volunteers. I have two women (one lives in Oxford and one in the Torresdale/Holmesburg area near 95) who need a visitor. If you live near one of these ladies and can spend just one-two hours a week (time and day of your choosing and it can be different each week) to brighten the life of a senior confined to a very small world, please reach out to me. They are interested in having a friendly visitor for companionship. They have all lived fascinating lives and would love the chance to talk about it. Unfortunately, our culture casts these folks aside at their age and treats them as useless no matter what they did in their more active years. Please find just one/two hours a week to show these seniors that their life is not forgotten. You must be 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult, have your own transportation, and will be required to pass a Criminal Background Check. This opportunity is not for "community service" or a one time or summer activity, but rather creating a friendship with an elder citizen.

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About Dolphin Companions/ECS, formerly Dolphins of Delaware Valley

Location:

225 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, US

Mission Statement

To alleviate loneliness and boredom in the elderly confined to a nursing home or other retirement community and to stimulate mental alertness through conversation and friendship To visit on a one-to-one basis with someone who has few, if any, outside visitors To make a commitment to visit once a week for about an hour in a local facility. Interviewing residents and Dolphins volunteers for compatibility. Training for and monitoring the relationship To continually grow by increasing the number of Dolphins, residents and facilities we serve

Description

We match volunteers (Dolphins) one-to-one with the forgotten elderly in nursing homes or retirement communities in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery Counties and the western edge of Philadelphia. We basically, create a friendhsip. Our Dolphins range in age from 9 to 87, are male and female and come from all walks of life. We match them with someone in a facility near the Volunteer's home or workplace and ask that they visit one hour a week. The day and time is chosen by the Volunteer and the Resident Friend and can be flexible every week. Our Volunteers can read or write letters for them, take a walk with them or just reminisce. We have specific need in Bryn Mawr area.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Serve Montgomery, Berks, Delaware, Bucks Co.Offices: 225 S. 3rd St. Philadelphia and suburbsPhiladelphia, PA 19106

SKILLS

  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • one-two hours once a week
  • your own transportation

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