During this Safer-at-Home phase, neighbors can continue to help members who are sheltering at home. It is still essential to help older adults with groceries, prescriptions, and other critical needs. It is also very important to call members at least once per week to ensure that they are okay and that they have a friendly voice to connect with, combatting loneliness and isolation. If you have become uncomfortable being out of your home and in contact with others, we understand, just let us know. However, if you can call members at home to check on them and offer a little support, or if you are still comfortable running critical errands, we need your help.
If you can spare a few hours per week to run errands or make phone calls, please start by filling out an application form and a staff member will contact you.
*Please have patience with us as we onboard hundreds of wonderful neighbors who have answered the call to help our older community members. We are matching volunteers with individual older neighbors to check in with and run errands for during this time. We have already made our first round of matches, but we have more older adults joining every day and have some geographic locations with fewer volunteers. We still need you to volunteer, just please be patient with our process. Thank you!
By volunteering with A Little Help during the COVID-19 pandemic, you understand that there are inherent risks associated with running essential errands and delivering physical goods to older adult members, and you agree to accept those risks and you hereby release, indemnify, and hold harmless A Little Help, its directors and officers, employees, representatives, sponsors, organizers, and agents from any and all claims, causes of action, and liability arising from or in any way connected to your volunteer participation with A Little Help.
Community Volunteers are the Life-Blood of A LITTLE HELP
Our volunteers are all thoroughly screened and commit to participating in core annual trainings and orientations held regularly. Our services are only as good as our volunteers, so we invest in the highest quality professional development for them. As a result of our investment and the positive relationships they build with their senior neighbors our volunteer retention rate is over 80%, with an average tenure of three years. Volunteers are also considered members in our organization, as such, we are blurring the lines between those serving and served.
Volunteers benefit from their involvement in an intergenerational community and the opportunity to give back to strengthen their own neighborhoods.
We also strive to provide opportunities for teens and younger volunteers to be involved in these grassroots efforts. As a nonprofit organization, we can provide students with school community service hours, and we are happy to complete the necessary paperwork to show their participation.