Encouraging your senior loved one to stay active can enhance his or her physical health and emotional wellbeing. Volunteering in the community can further boost your loved one’s wellbeing by giving him or her a sense of purpose. Burlington elder care staff has identified opportunities for seniors to volunteer in the city. Help your loved one find the right opportunity for him or her.
1. Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program
Volunteering with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program can allow your loved one to help a refugee family establish a first home in the United States. Your loved one can choose to work with youth or adults if he or she volunteers there.
2. Bike Recycle Vermont
The Bike Recycle Vermont needs many types of volunteers to help recycle bicycles for the city’s needy citizens. Some volunteers help repair bikes, while others create and share multimedia presentations to spread the word. Your loved one can work with younger people who come in and volunteer in exchange for bicycle parts.
3. Green Mountain Club
The nation’s first long-distance hiking trail runs through Burlington, Vermont. Your loved one can help keep the trail in great shape by volunteering to do maintenance work on it with the Green Mountain Club. Club members also regularly pick up trash along the trail.
4. Lund Family Center
It takes over 300 volunteers each year to keep the Lund Family Center operating. Senior volunteers can help pregnant women who either want to keep their children or put them up for adoption. Your loved one can help stuff envelopes before sending out the monthly newsletter, teach a young mother to knit, or help with landscaping the center’s grounds.
5. Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf
Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf’s mission is to try and make sure no one goes hungry. Your loved one can help out at the food bank by stocking the shelves and also by staffing the Good Food Truck, which delivers meals to Burlington’s hungry residents.
Giving back to the community does not just benefit the recipient, but also the giver. Volunteering can help your loved one stay active, stave off depression, and take his or her attention away from personal matters, which is important for his or her physical and emotional health. For more information on volunteer opportunities and other community activities your loved one can participate in, call Home Care Assistance, a leading name in senior elder care. Our caregivers can encourage your loved one to stay active and participate in volunteering or other community activities. We provide live-in and respite care Burlington seniors can rely on, and our caregivers can provide social and mental stimulation and help with a wide array of daily tasks. Call (802) 231-0415 to speak to one of our experienced Care Managers and customize a home care plan for your loved one.