Project Linkage is seeking volunteers of all ages who can visit isolated seniors and people with disabilities for at least an hour a week, said Marcy Hughes, the program associate.
“For many older adults, this is the only social interaction they have, and they look forward to the visit all week,” said Hughes, whose program is part of Metropolitan Family Service. “This is an extremely rewarding experience for both the older adult and the volunteer.”
New volunteers who qualify will be trained and matched to a senior based on interests, personalities and schedules, she said. To learn about training and qualifications, call (503) 688-1782 or email gro.y1502998016limaF1502998016teM@r1502998016eetnu1502998016lov1502998016.
Some older adults enjoy a drive to the farmer’s market, the library or out for coffee, Hughes said. Some enjoy playing cards or reading with a visitor, she added.
In addition to the visitor program, Project Linkage arranges for volunteers to offer other in-home support and transportation services to help older adults and people with disabilities remain independent in their own homes. Additional information is at www.metfamily.org.