Reassurance Volunteer Training
January 20 @ 4:00 am - 7:00 am
Volunteer: help make calls to seniors & maintain their independence.
CONTACT Reassurance, an Oak Ridge-based service of local non-profit Contact Care Line, is seeking caring individuals to volunteer 3 hours a week to make phone calls to elderly Knox and Anderson county residents who live alone.
Volunteers donate three hours, one shift each week, to make social and safety calls to senior citizens. Your call can make their day brighter and prevent he/she from social isolation. Your call also provides checks on their safety and medication reminders. Volunteers make calls from the comfort of their own homes.
20% of Anderson County’s population is age 65 or older, and 43% of this demographic have a disability. Surveys reveal that seniors prefer to remain in their own homes as they age. But safety concerns, coupled with social isolation, threaten the capacity of seniors to live on their own. CONTACT Reassurance addresses these issues, allowing senior residents to keep their independence for as long as possible.
The launch of this new program is thanks to a grant from the CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund of East Tennessee Foundation. United Way of Anderson County also made a three-year commitment to bolster this work. These partners allow substantial expansion of the existing program.
Volunteers are required to attend all six hours of training.
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