“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” ~ Kofi Annan
ElderServe is fortunate to have over 400 volunteers a year who provide a variety of services. This includes groups who do yard work for seniors to individuals who teach exercise classes to older adults. We have four programs that are “volunteer driven” meaning that we could not provide the service without volunteers! TeleCare is one of these programs. The main purpose of TeleCare is to address social isolation. Based on a simple concept, a home-bound older adult receives a phone call, five days a week, from a volunteer. It’s a reliable means of contact and personal connection. In 2016, 92 older adults in Louisville received social support thanks to TeleCare volunteers.
Robert says, “I really appreciate the call and it takes away my loneliness.” We also find that the volunteers benefit from the opportunity to support others. Inam Shalati, a TeleCare volunteer for two years, says, “Being a TeleCare caller is sheer joy for me! Because I am home-bound, it is my connection to the community. I feel so fortunate to have friends across Louisville.” What a wonderful feeling to know that both the recipient and the volunteer get such great satisfaction. If you would like to be a volunteer, please contact Megan Carpenter, Volunteer Services Manager, at 502.736.3838 or email@example.com.