Can you talk to others? How about listening? The Sheridan Senior Center and Tongue River Valley Community Center are partnering to bring a new volunteer opportunity, Tongue River Companions, to you.

There are many elderly people who are alone in their home that need social contact. One of our neighbors, a 90-year-old lady with poor eyesight, would love someone to read the paper to her and keep her up on the current events of the town.

Sixteen percent of seniors living alone can face isolation that prevents them from receiving benefits and services that would add health to their independent lives. The effects of this isolation can include depression, high blood pressure, loss of mobility, and vulnerability to elder abuse.

Tongue River Companions will visit clients in their homes for one or two hours a week providing appropriate social interaction. The clients will benefit by reversing these physical and emotional consequences. Volunteers will be able to see the difference in each client’s lives throughout each visit and track progress through family surveys. Volunteers can choose flexible work schedules and may work in pairs to increase safety and provide more stimulation for clients. Training will be provided in how to work with older adults. Ongoing training and supervision are available through the centers. This is a great opportunity to put your communication skills to use helping others and make new friends.

Interested in volunteering at the Tongue River Valley Community Center? Fill out the form below and tell us about the kinds of activities or programs you would like to help with.

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