Neighbors Helping Neighbors
As part of a caring community, one-on-one assistance provides vital support and connection to neighbors in need. Often, they no longer have family and friends in the area to rely on.
Friendly Visitors build long-term relationships, provide social interaction, and sometimes physical assistance may be a component.
Helping Hands volunteers usually complete short-term tasks like cleaning, moving a household or building a bookshelf.
Activities and time commitments of volunteers vary.
These projects often aren't glamorous, but make a huge difference. For example, poor health may cause someone to fall behind on essential housekeeping. Residents who do not pass their annual housing inspections can be evicted! While we don’t provide regular housekeeping services, one-time cleaning assistance can ensure stable housing.
Tasks are identified and agreed upon in advance. Depending on the need, a Neighbor-to-Neighbor volunteer might:
- Visit on a regular basis
- Help with housekeeping, like sweeping, mopping or laundry
- Help with grocery shopping, either by taking someone shopping or shopping for him or her
- Help with meal preparation
- Help with pet care
- Help with household repairs
- Help with packing or organizing paperwork
- Run errands
- Read aloud to visually impaired people
- Share activities such as playing chess or working on hobbies
- Encourage involvement with the larger community by providing information and facilitating attendance at activities
- Help someone connect to community social service resources
- Accompany someone to a doctor's office or other destination