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.
Working with Seniors has really been an eye-opening experience. They have so much insight and wisdom to pass on to us. I've made friends with so many seniors and I'm so glad I was able to visit and put smiles on their faces!
I've volunteered with Senior Smiles since April of this year and I love it. Senior Smiles has changed my perspective on life in so many ways. I've learned to appreciate more and cherish more. The seniors that I have met volunteering for this organization are spectacular. They are each different and so special and it's amazing how one visit can make your entire day. My favorite part about volunteering has been the smiles on the seniors. It is those moments when you know that they sincerely want you there with them that makes you go back for more! :)
Volunteering at Senior Smiles has been a great experience for me. The residents are very kind, and I have learned a lot from them. Plus it's always a great feeling to know that you've made somebody's day that much better.
One of the best experiences of my life has been my recent involvement in this organization. The support is great, the residents are wonderful, and it feels great to genuinely brighten up someone's day on a regular basis. Love Senior Smiles!
I recommend volunteering with Senior Smiles. It is a great organization. The organization is about taking the time to make friends with a senior. Through this experience, I had the opportunity to meet great seniors who have interesting stories to tell and life lessons to teach.
Senior Smiles has been such a great experience. I've been volunteering for almost one year now and I feel that I've made a difference in the lives of those I've interacted with. At the same time, the experience has changed my own views as well, teaching me to appreciate all the little blessings I have.
by Annelise S. from Huntington Beach, CA(February 27, 2009)
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 for Senior Smiles for almost three years. Each week I visit a wonderful woman is full of life and so much fun to spend time with. It is a part of my week that I look forward to. I enjoyed the initial orientation training session and learned a great deal about working with seniors. The staff at the facility I volunteer at are very welcoming and very appreciative. I highly recommend Senior Smiles.
I began my volunteering experience with this group 3 years ago and it has literally changed my life. I thought it would be fun to visit a Senior since I was retired and missed my Mom that had passed away years before. I knew it would be nice for the Senior but had no idea what a wonderful experience it would bring to my life. There are so many lonely Seniors that need our friendship and Senior Smiles is making a difference all over So. Cal. I now visit 2 ladies and have made some life long friends from this organization.
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.
My grandma passed away 3 years ago and I have been looking for somewhere to volunteer and Senior Smiles is the place. I have to admit I was very nervous to get back to going to a nursing home after my grandma passed and thought I would be flooded with memories of her and great sadness. However, the training helped me and my volunteer coordiator who introduced me was so supportive that I felt very cxomfortable. I have been seeing Ethel, my new senior for the last 6 months. I miss my grandma and Ethel will never replace her but Ethel has helped me deal with my sadness and loss and the same time I have helped her deal with her sadness and loneliness. We have become good friends. Thanks Senior Smiles!!!
This is a great grass-roots organization. I have been visiting an elderly man they matched me up with for over a year now. I go almost every week for about 45 minutes -sometimes longer. I am the only visitor that sees him on a regular basis - family lives out of state. The training was helpful and the organization is purely run by voluneeers. If you are looking to connect and give back to the older generation, this is a good place to start.
by jennifer e. from aliso viejo, ca(June 25, 2008)
I scheduled two different orientation classes. Both were canceled. One was because of the fires in So. Cal and the other was a mistake - the instructor was mixed up. They only schedule once a month if that in my area so it makes it difficult to get trained. I hope to volunteer here but after reading the other post - not so sure. It seems like a good organization so I will keep trying.
I was interested last year to volunteer with Sydney Cooper Senior Smiles and they contacted me to attend an orientation at a local nursing facility. I was very pleased that I was getting started. I filled out an application and paid 15 dollars for the tshirt. They said they would contact me within a week or two or so I thought. After about a month I still had no contact from them. I emailed multiple times but no response as to when and where I could begin volunteering. I basically paid 15 dollars for a tshirt that I have no use for. It has now been a few months without a single word from them. but I have found other volunteer opportunities which I am pleased and happy with. I would definitely not recommend this service.