Have you heard the buzz words “time philanthropy”? This is the latest lingo for the word “volunteerism”. But let me ask, what does “group volunteerism” mean and how can you or a group you are a member of really make a difference locally in the lives of our seniors?
Let me explain, through example, how one group can make a huge difference in helping local seniors remain independent and in their own homes through just one “group volunteer” partnership commitment.
Over the past 3 years the Notre Dame Alumni Club of SWFL has teamed up with our agency and “adopted” various projects. Each year this community minded club has undertaken projects such as visiting clients at our Adult Day Services. Last year they painted and refurbished one of our Friendship Cafés/ Community Centers and this year their volunteer commitment helped launch an exciting new program within the Nutrition Department in Lee County, “Friendship Food Bags”.
Through volunteerism and vision, this alumni group helped launch a small but significant new food program named for our area seniors. This program is in direct response to the growing hunger & food insecurity our local senior population continues to struggle against. Senior Friendship Centers will continue to coordinate this on-going project and will be seeking both volunteer local businesses who can offer to hold food drives each month and collect “senior friendly” food items. We will also be seeking volunteer groups (like our friends at the Notre Dame Alumni Club of SWFL) to assist with the delivery of these “Friendship Food Bags”. This is just one way that local volunteers working with Senior Friendship Centers can help resolve the senior hunger issues in the area.
So you see, time philanthropy is basically one person, one group and one agency combining efforts and time to make a huge impact to positively change the lives of our local seniors. If you or your group would be interested in local individual or group volunteer opportunities to meet the needs of our local seniors, please contact Kristina at 275-1881.