Our program titled “Bridging Generations” is a project that was created in September 2015 with the vision of inspiring the world by promoting intergenerational relationships. We want to bring together the elderly and youth for the purpose of learning with and from each other through therapeutic recreation, education, and social activities.
One of the ways we go about bringing together the elderly and youth is conducting our “Bridging Generations” program at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and community centers. The purpose of our program is to improve the health and social wellness of those we serve, while developing skills, establishing values, and providing a sense of empowerment. These interactions help all generations by providing mentorship opportunities; stimulate the mind through educational activities, and improving health by being actively involved.
Friendly visiting is an opportunity to visit a socially isolated senior in their home and bring a smile to their heart. This is a once a week or once every other week experience and the visits can be from 30-60 minutes. We ask for volunteers to commit to a year if possible.
RideConnect is seeking volunteers who are able to provide rides to older adults throughout Westchester. These rides will enable older adults to access medical appointments and shopping so that they can remain active in their communities. Please consider giving the gift of mobility and independence!
Volunteer Driver Qualifications:
Commitment is only one hour per month, or as much or little as you would like!
Enjoy helping older adults
Valid Driver's License
Please note that this is part of a regional program. Volunteers are needed throughout the County.
Skill-Based Volunteer Job Description
LIV: Lasting Impressions Volunteer
The goal of DOROT’s legacy project is to provide a way for seniors touched by our volunteers and services, many of whom have lived full and interesting lives, to share their beliefs and values, life lessons, hopes for the future and special memories to ensure they will not be forgotten. The Lasting Impressions volunteer will help gather and record these legacy stories, in writing or through other media (video tape, audio tape, collage, etc.) as each older adult and volunteer discuss and agree upon.
Interest in engaging with seniors around their legacy stories
Excellent listening, communication and writing skills
Ease in discussing end-of-life issues
Experience with older adults preferred
Facility with audio/video equipment welcome
Background in social services, human resources or related fields a plus
Basic computer skills helpful
Work with DOROT clients to facilitate legacy work, which may include:
making outreach calls to talk with seniors interested in participating in workshops or working one-on-one
interviewing seniors at DOROT or in their homes
working with seniors to help complete final legacy ‘product’
Approximately 2-4 hours weekly, although this may vary.
SUPERVISION, ORIENTATION & TRAINING:
In addition to DOROT volunteer orientation, specific training for the legacy project and life cycle issues will be provided. The LIV specialist will also receive ongoing support and guidance as needed by the manager of Lasting Impressions.
You can make a world of a difference to an older neighbor who needs a ride to medical appointments in Westchester.
If you have:
A desire to help someone in the community
A valid driver's license and auto insurance
Are over 21 years old, and
Own a dependable vehicle.
Set your own hours
Provide as few or as many trips as you would like...one ride a week, a month, or a year will make a difference!
By becoming a volunteer driver, you will provide older adults in your community with a service that allows them to live independent, healthy, and satisfying lives.
WestFair Rides is a collaborative not-for-profit organization managing rider choices in Westchester County for older adults and adults with vision disabilities. For more information and to fill out a volunteer application click here.
Many of us look forward to celebrating Holidays with the ones we love, but for others, it can be very lonesome. Holidays of any kind can lead to extra heartache for those who may have lost somebody close to them. You can partner with Meals on Wheels to make cards for seniors to help brighten their day. Caring Cards & Crafts is a great project for students, teachers, youth groups and families. The cards & crafts are simple, handmade cutouts, but the thought and meaning behind each one is so much greater. The cards are filled with love, good wishes and even poetry.
Help brighten a smile for a senior, literally.
Create Miles of Smiles bags.
How it works:
Fill a bag with all the products a senior needs for a healthy smile. Inside the Quart size Ziploc bag be sure to include: -Soft tooth brush -Toothpaste -Floss -Mouth wash -A Miles of Smiles Flyer (We provide this)
Miles of Smiles Instructions
Gramatan Village is seeking volunteers to drive members to and from appointments in lower Westchester area, including Bronxville, Scarsdale, Tuckahoe, Eastchester, White Plains, and Mount Vernon. Gramatan Village is a non-profit organization that supports adults ages 55 and up who want to age in the home and neighborhood that they love. We support empowerd aging-in-community with a network of volunteers, experts, professional referrals, and peer connections that enable members to stay independent, vital, and engaged as they grow older.
Gramatan Village is seeking volunteers to meet with members on an individual basis, attend social and cultural events, and spend time socializing with members. Gramatan Village is a non-profit organization that supports adults ages 55 and up who want to age in the home and neighborhood that they love. We support empowered aging-in-community with a network of volunteers, experts, professional referrals, and peer connections that enable members to stay independent, vital, and engaged as they grow older.
Gramatan Village is seeking Volunteer Ambassadors to attend events and meet with members in Southern Westchester, including Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Eastchester, Scarsdale, White Plains, and Mount Vernon. This volunteer opportunity involves socializing with others and discussing Gramatan Village with others. Gramatan Village is a non-profit organization that supports adults ages 55 and up who want to age in the home and neighborhod that they love. We support empowered againg-in-community with a network of volunteers, experts, professional referrals, and peer connections that enable members to stay independent, vital, and engaged as they grow older.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO ASSIST RESIDENTS TO EAT Need volunteers 18+ to assist with feeding of residents during mealtimes. Great value to both volunteer and resident in regards to social interactions and relationship building. Training and supervision available.
Community Team Leader Volunteer – (3 needed) - Reporting to the Director of Volunteers, assists in overseeing volunteers in one quadrant of Westchester County. A take-charge person to assist in team building, expansion and growth of West Fair Rides. Sets up meetings/meet-ups, inspires team building.
Ambassador Volunteers – Promote WestFair Rides at caregiver, health and volunteer fairs. Manage inventory of items needed for distribution, e.g. flyers and other handouts. This leadership position is ideal for those with an interest in helping the older population and vision impaired furthering the mission of WestFair Rides within their local community. Ambassadors help to promote dedicated and committed volunteers. Effective communicator; attentive to details. Help schedule venues, attend Health Fairs and help schedule places to represent WestFair Rides for recruiting.
WestFair Rides Advisory Council Members – Meeting quarterly, Advisory Councils in Northeast Westchester, the Sound Shore, and the greater Peekskill area identify transportation needs and concerns among older and disabled adults, as well as strategies for filling gaps.