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5 Benefits of Volunteering with Senior Citizens

5 Benefits of Volunteering with Senior Citizens

Volunteering is a powerful force for good in the community. Whether you work with children, animals or cleaning up the surrounding neighborhood, giving your time freely in service shows compassion and builds an altruistic life for yourself and those around you.

When it comes to volunteering, there are all sorts of ways to get going. One area in particular is working with senior citizens. Volunteering with elderly neighbors is an excellent way to get involved, support your community and find fulfillment. Check out these five benefits of volunteering with senior citizens.

1. Build a relationship.
A common problem many elderly people face is loneliness. Some may live far from their families, may have lost a spouse or may not get very many visitors. What results, then, are very few human interactions outside of basic health care. For you, volunteering with senior citizens may simply mean sitting in conversation, playing a board game or practicing a new craft together.

By volunteering your time in such simple ways, you help combat the loneliness they may be experiencing and build a positive relationship for them to look forward to. Not only can they enjoy the relationship, but you, too, could make a new friend in your life.

2. Learn something new.
Not only can you create a new relationship, but more than likely you’ll have the opportunity to learn something new. Learn a new craft, skill or hobby. Or, learn about historic events by someone who may have had firsthand exposure. When we sit in deep conversations with those who have had drastically different experiences than us, we have the chance to learn drastically different things and grow in our newfound knowledge.

3. Teach new skills.
As your senior friend teaches you new ideas, you in turn can teach them. A common misconception about older adults is they have lost the desire to learn new skills, or are too “stuck in their roots” to try anything different. For many, this could not be more false.

By volunteering with senior citizens, you have the chance to teach them something, a new concept, way of thinking or—here’s the big one—about technology. If you love technology, teaching these new skills to older individuals can not only be a fun way to foster a relationship, but it can also make them feel more engaged and connected with the changing world.

4. Support a family.
Some aging adults might not have many visitors. This could be for a variety of reasons, but some could simply be because their family is too far away or has other pressing concerns. You can help through volunteering. Not only will you be serving the individual him or herself, but you will also be helping the entire family through your commitment. Show you care about one person and the cycle will ring on throughout their family, friends and even the community.

5. Add to your resume.
Finally, volunteering with senior citizens is an amazing attribute to add to your work resume. Potential employers will see you as kind, compassionate and committed to serving others, along with having valuable experience in a work-related environment. Try it out for yourself and see how it benefits your personal and professional life.

Volunteering opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, but working with senior citizens can be especially beneficial. See how you can get involved in serving the elderly members of your community and focus on living a more altruistic lifestyle.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

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