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Age-Friendly Volunteering Ideas

Posted on March 27, 2017 | by Kathy Black
Age-Friendly Volunteering Ideas

Age-Friendly Sarasota joined the global network of age-friendly communities in 2015. But what does that mean for community residents? What role can people play in an age-friendly community?

Looking for inspiration? Look no further than what our friends and neighbors revealed they will do personally to create the Age-Friendly Sarasota they envision.

You might be surprised to learn that nearly 1,200 Sarasota County residents, ages 50-98, overwhelmingly expressed simple and easily doable actions that benefitted others in all areas of life. In fact, kindness and volunteering to help others topped the list!

Respect & Social Inclusion

  • I will check on my neighbors and help them in any way that I am able
  • Invite elders to family events and promote elder awareness in my children

Civic Participation & Employment
  • Work for causes that improve the quality of life for everyone
  • Volunteer with organizations that help people find jobs and be successful entrepreneurs

Transportation
  • Offer a ride to someone needing to get to an appointment
  • Advocate for expanded public transportation services

Housing
  • Become more engaged in affordable housing
  • Demonstrate housing options that incorporate universal design

Outdoor Spaces & Public Buildings
  • Support outdoor activities and pick up trash in public areas
  • Lobby for improved sidewalks & walking areas

Communication & Information
  • Welcome visitors and try to be informative
  • Provide free computer research on health, home renovation, and other issues

Social Participation
  • Volunteer to teach an adult program
  • Help others learn about art, photography, technology, and health

Community Supports & Health Services
  • Establish a neighborhood visitation program to run errands, shopping, etc. for homebound neighbors
  • Make meals for neighbors who can no longer cook

We hope these voices from our community have inspired you to consider your role in creating an even better Age-Friendly Sarasota in the year ahead. Please consider how your volunteering can make life better for people at all life stages and abilities. Now that’s age-friendly!

 

Looking for more inspiration? Consider the following:

Senior Corps

Senior Corps connects today’s 55+ with the people and organizations that need them most. The program helps people become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Volunteers receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability. Senior Corps currently links more than 270,000 Americans to service opportunities. Their contributions of skills, knowledge, and experience make a real difference to individuals, nonprofits, and faith-based and other community organizations throughout the United States.

Want to learn more? Visit: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/senior-corps


Timebank NYC

TimeBanksNYC (TBNYC) is a free resource for connecting individuals who recognize that each person has talents to share and that the overall community is strengthened when neighbors help one another. TBNYC is part of NYC Service and Age-Friendly NYC. Exchanging time and talents with fellow New Yorkers is easy and fun! For each hour a TimeBanksNYC member spends providing a service or sharing a skill with another member, he or she earns a "time credit" for the service. This "time credit" can then be redeemed for a service from someone in the TimeBanks network. Services include grocery shopping, transportation, dog walking, house cleaning, foreign language lessons, tailoring, cooking lessons, and more!

Want to learn more? Visit: www.volunteermatch.org/search/org192595.jsp#more_info_tab


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  • Natalie

    Natalie

    • 31 March 2017 at 15:09
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    What a great organization!

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