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July 27, 2015 at 11:04am
Volunteers in the Neighbor-to-Neighbor program help to fulfill seniors’ need for socializing. Their visits allow the elderly to not just age in place, but age in community with people who care about them.
“What you can become is their best contact with the outside world,” said Longtime volunteer Hal Clark. “They can become very housebound, especially if they live alone. A friendly visitor can go a long way to breeching that isolation and loneliness. I think that’s one of the reasons it can be very rewarding.”
Showalter said she is always looking for volunteers for the program.
“We look for people who are selfless, compassionate, good active listeners and who can set boundaries,” said Carleigh Showalter, JABA’s volunteer coordinator. “Our lives are busy. We don’t always have the time, but do you have the desire to make time to help a neighbor?”