Assistance for Independent Living volunteers help support homebound Seniors in the east valley remain independent in their own homes. We do this by providing rides for doctor and other medical appointments. We provide rides and other light assistance... Read more
Assistance for Independent Living volunteers help support homebound Seniors in the east valley remain independent in their own homes. We do this by providing rides for doctor and other medical appointments. We provide rides and other light assistance for grocery shopping and nutrition. We also work against isolation by providing friendly visits and phone calls.
It's a partnership between our volunteers and homebound neighbors over 55 that not only helps these neighbors live independently as long as possible, but strengthens our communities along the way.
After going through an orientation and background check, volunteers are offered opportunities to provide transportation and/or socialization services for our homebound neighbors over 55. Volunteers accept only those opportunities that interest them, and they are available for. All we ask for is a minimum of two hours a month for 12 months. Some do exactly that, and it has a powerful impact on our neighbors and communities. Some do more as they are interested and able.
I love the flexibility and variety of volunteer opportunities- it allows me to fit it into my hectic schedule. The opportunities are sent out via email and I can sign up as I am able. If I can't do it, I just delete the email, no pressure or trouble.
The seniors are well-prepared by the AIL staff when I arrive for grocery shopping or transportation to a doctor's appointment, and they are always grateful for the help.
Volunteering with seniors has made me feel good, connected, and young (they call me kiddo without a hint of sarcasm!) I'd never worked with seniors before and I'm really enjoying it. I'd recommend it to anyone.
I am currently a Volunteer for AIL through NAU's Senior Companion Volunteer Program and, just to see the smiles on the faces of my seniors is worth it all! I love each one of them so much, for me, they are my family. Being a Volunteer has been very rewarding! It has been almost 2 years since I started volunteering & as long as I have breath & energy in me, I can truly see myself doing this the rest of my life!
As a volunteer since 2009, I've met clients who have much to offer in the way of life experiences; they just need someone to hear them. AIL hears them and addresses their needs while allowing them to maintain their dignity. It's been a wonderful experience.