RSVP AmeriCorps Seniors’ TeleCare weekly phone-a-friend program has friendly, trained volunteers who are ready and waiting to talk with you! This is a free service that is offered to persons 55 and older or persons with disabilities. This initiative is a positive, low-stress way to connect and form caring friendships that can survive even when we’re not able to meet face-to-face. As part of our local United Way’s AmeriCorps Seniors initiative, this free program also trains volunteers who are 55 and older to engage in upbeat conversations on a set schedule Monday through Friday.
“RSVP AmeriCorps Seniors is the largest national network for people age 55 and older,” says Cathi Hahner, Director, RSVP AmeriCorps 55+. “As we find our way through some very challenging times, these weekly phone conversations are a great way to form meaningful social connections, ease loneliness and reduce social isolation.”
When you sign up for this free program you’ll be matched with a volunteer who’s interested in what interests you. Maybe you want to talk about your garden, Monarchs baseball, the book you’re reading or the shows you’re watching. You and your volunteer decide what you talk about.
“It’s the dependability and flexibility that make this program so fulfilling,” says Hahner. “Our volunteers follow the schedule set by our members and then it’s all about what’s fun and interesting to talk about.” The program is currently accepting both persons who would like to receive calls and volunteers to make the calls.
For more information call Amy Fitzgereald with Livable Neighborhoods at 913-387-1758.