Faith in Action: Elder Outreach - A Neighbor's Independence Depends On You

Volunteer

 

Do you enjoy talking with and listening to the stories of older adults?
Would you like your kids to have a grandparent figure in their lives?
Are you looking for a service opportunity?
Do you like to make new friends?
Do you have a heart for the elderly?


If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, than you would love being a Faith in Action volunteer!
Faith in Action is always in need of new volunteers. Our volunteers serve elder adults who are lonely, isolated, or homebound due to a disability or chronic illness.  As a Faith in Action volunteer, you become a part of the support system for an older adult and their family.  You will have the opportunity to share in their joys and be a comfort in their sorrows, becoming a meaningful element of their lives.  Our volunteers help the community by providing a vital service to those in need.  They also reap the benefits of gaining an understanding of another person’s heritage and culture.


Volunteers must complete an application and submit to a routine background check.  All potential volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation and training session before being matched with an older adult. You must be 18 years of age to volunteer.  Children may accompany a trained adult volunteer on assignment. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please check our calendar for dates of upcoming volunteer orientations and call the office at (859) 252-1365 if you are planning to attend. If you are unable to attend an orientation, we would be happy to meet with you at another time.  You are also under no obligation to volunteer after attending the orientation. You may download and fill out our volunteer application located under “Forms.”


If you have any other questions, a Faith in Action staff member will be happy to talk with you.  You may always contact us at (859) 252-1365 or by email at: faithaction@windstream.net.

 

Days of Service


Faith in Action: Elder Outreach also organizes special one-time service projects.  Sometimes our care recipients have large projects for their home, garage, or yard that one volunteer cannot handle on their own.  We recruit groups from local businesses, faith groups and social groups to volunteer half a day to assist a care recipient with one of these larger projects.  Past projects have included raking leaves, yard maintenance and landscaping, clearing out gutters, painting inside rooms, painting a home’s exterior, organizing basements and garages and more. 

We’d like to thank groups who have assisted us in 2009:

  • Altrusa Women’s Group
  • Lexmark Employees
  • Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church
  • Montessori Middle School
  • Porter Memorial Sunday School Class
  • UK Federal Credit Union Employees
  • UK Medical Students

Do you have a group that is looking for a one-time service project opportunity?  Let us know!


Hear what some of our volunteers have to say about volunteering:


“Every other Friday I take Bessie to get her hair done and then we go to lunch. We have become such good friends. Our time is mutually enjoyable. Our time together is so sweet.”

-Jane, Faith in Action Volunteer


“We don’t live close to our extended family. I want my children to have ‘grandparents’ in their lives and see the value of older adults. My children have learned respect for older adults and have grown to love their ‘adopted grandparents.”

-Abby, Faith in Action Volunteer