Sydney Cooper Senior SmilesSydney Cooper Senior Smiles
At Sydney Cooper Senior Smiles, we strive to enrich and enhance the lives of residents at senior communities throughout Southern California. Through regular volunteering, we aim to bridge the gap between generations by facilitating and nurturing frie... Read more
At Sydney Cooper Senior Smiles, we strive to enrich and enhance the lives of residents at senior communities throughout Southern California. Through regular volunteering, we aim to bridge the gap between generations by facilitating and nurturing friendships among people of all ages. We are not only dedicated to enriching the lives of our seniors by offering companionship, but those of our volunteers through their experience.
Sydney Cooper Senior Smiles™ is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that trains, recruits, and educates volunteers of all ages on the needs of the elderly, and then pairs the volunteer with a senior who would benefit from companionship. Seniors are located in nursing homes, board and care, assisted living, and senior living communities throughout Southern California. Please see our website http://seniorsmiles.org/ for more information.
by Annelise S. from Huntington Beach, CA
I have not been volunteering with Senior Smiles for as long as the other people who have written posts but so far I love it. I find it a very fullfilling way to spend a couple of hours a week. This is really an organization with heart!
I was looking for a place that I could volunteer on an ongoing and consisitent basis. I found that with Sydney Cooper Senior Smiles. It was so easy to get started. I went to the orientation and I was then contacted by a representative who met me on my first day volunteering, and I really felt fulfilled talking and getting to know the senior whom I was assigned. I am very excited to continue volunteering with this organization!!
I have been with Senior Smiles for 2 and a half years. Its a great way to bring some joy to the people who in most cases have no one to care for them.
Its very easy to join and takes very little of my time and effort. Senior Smiles has enabled this for me.
I have been volunteering with Senior Smiles since 2005 and its been a truly gratifying experience. The sole purpose of the organization is to bring some smiles and show love and support to the elderly, many of whom have little other family. and there isnt the beauracracy sometimes seen in organizations.
I met some great friends and amazing people in my time with Senior Smiles.
I've been volunteering with this organization for 3 years now and cannot say enough about how important it is to have a program like this within our community. I have developed such a strong bond with my senior, Jessie, she is like a member of my family. I love being a part of the various events at the facilities, such as beauty days and arts and crafts, in addition to the one on one visits. Senior Smiles is one of a kind in the non-profit sector, everyone is a volunteer, there are no paid employees, which is pretty impressive considering they service seniors in both Los Angeles and Orange County. I've been fortunate to take part in composing the newsletter, training preschoolers to work with seniors, and coordinating events. I love that they offer many different ways to get involved, I really enjoy participating in the various opportunities that exist within the organization. It really allows their volunteers a certain flexibility not often seen in other groups.