Improve Quality of Life for You—and Someone Else
Did you know that volunteering contributes to one’s physical, psychological and cognitive health? By volunteering in the Village’s Friendly Visitor Program, you will not only help yourself, but you also will improve the quality of life of another resident. The goal of the program is to address loneliness and isolation in the community. Visits with residents can range from talking and/or playing games at home with someone who may be homebound to doing activities in the community or go to lunch with someone who is more able-bodied.
For residents interested in volunteering, the program offers training to help develop the compassion and skills necessary to become friendly companions to program participants. Volunteers must be a Village resident, be able to develop rapport and sensitivity toward older adults, demonstrate good active listening skills, complete training and attend monthly meetings, complete a background check and commit to a minimum of 60 hours of volunteer service.
The Friendly Visitor Program is an initiative by the Laguna Woods Social Services Department in partnership with the Council on Aging – Southern California. For more information about the program, call 949-597-4267.
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