Social distancing does not have to mean social isolation. Because elder care community residents are unable to receive visitors during the pandemic, they need messages of hope and support. Remote student volunteers can step up to the Cards of Light Luminary Challenge by creating 25 cards to send to elder care community residents and staff across the country. Students of all ages (elementary, middle, high school and college) are welcome!
Seniors in high school and college students, ages 18 and above, can be virtual volunteers that call and check in on seniors. Students will be provided with all the resources needed; a web based tool to make the calls, a script and a series of questions to ask the seniors. These questions will help identify what other needs seniors may have during this crisis. Calls take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. We’re asking that volunteer callers spend 90-120 minutes on our call system at a time–we promise that you’ll have some very rewarding conversations! You’ll bring a smile and some comfort to the seniors you call.
This is a perfect opportunity for students of all ages to creatively spark joy and spread goodwill to seniors citizens as remote volunteers. Students can send letters, create cards (digital or paper), words of encouragement signs, or artwork. Students are also welcomed to submit a brief 5-30 second video that contains words of encouragement and/or talent to spread joy. All recordings will be compiled into a YouTube video and disbursed throughout Eskaton. Demonstrate #QuarantineKindness.
Elementary, middle, high school and college students can all help brighten the day of elders by writing letters. In the digital age, words on paper are a novelty that we overlook. Letters are something to cherish: to set on a desk, to stick to a fridge, to bind in a scrapbook. You can write by yourself, with friends, or even at school. It only takes a few minutes to make a difference and positively impact the lives of someone’s grandparent, mom, dad, or aunt.
Students 18 and above can offer phone calls and future visits to support lonely elders. Volunteers offer one-on-one socialization, enrichment ideas, and reassurance to elders and adults with disabilities in Full Life’s network expressing loneliness. This is a great project for students who need flexibility and want to make a difference in someone else’s life. Many senior citizens are suffering from loneliness because Covid-19 has prevented normal in-person visits. A few minutes of your time is invaluable.
Elementary, middle, high school and college students can all help brighten the day of elders by making and decorating cards of encouragement. This is a great project for anyone. Best of all you can volunteer remotely. Senior citizen are isolated from visitors because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It only takes a few minutes and a little imagination to brighten someone’s day.
Are you a student with a sewing machine (even needle and tread!) and basic sewing skills? Support the hundreds of Full Life home care aides. You can create vital in-home support to vulnerable adults throughout King County. This is a virtual project and can be done from from anywhere. Anyone is welcome to contribute, and spread the word!
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VolunteerCrowd is supporting students, parents, guidance counselors, and college consultants through the Covid-19 pandemic. We work with nonprofits throughout the US to find virtual volunteer opportunities for students. Read our inaugural post: Student Volunteering in the Age of Cornavirus. Learn which nonprofits are supporting 55M students who are trying to learn remotely by reading Teen and College Virtual Volunteers Needed. Check back with us on the VolunteerCrowd blog or contact us if you have a specific question.