Local nonprofit safely connects volunteers to isolated seniors
The VNA of Northwest Indiana is helping seniors stay connected throughout the coronavirus crisis with help from community volunteers.
The Friend 2 Friend program encourages kids to write postcards to seniors who might otherwise feel isolated during the stay-at-home order, and the Phone Companionship Program connects seniors with friendly volunteers for conversations over the phone.
“It’s more important than ever for us to help seniors be safe and feel connected,” said Bob Franko, CEO of VNA of NWI. “If you have some paper, colored pencils, and a bored kid at home, you could really help brighten someone’s day.”
Families are invited to send their postcards to VNA of NWI’s headquarters at 501 Marquette Street in Valparaiso, and staff will have them safely delivered to seniors.
More information about the Friend 2 Friend postcard program can be found on VNA of NWI’s Facebook page . Seniors interested in receiving companionship phone calls throughout the stay-at-home order can contact Melanie Marshall by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These programs are part of the VNA of NWI’s overall strategy to keep seniors connected throughout the current crisis. As a nonprofit advocate for aging members of the Northwest Indiana community, the VNA of NWI provides compassionate hospice and palliative care and delivers Meals on Wheels to more than 170 people in need.
“Simple acts of friendship from our volunteers can make a big impact,” said Franko. “It’s heartening to see our community find creative ways to support our seniors.”
Donations in support of VNA of NWI’s nonprofit services can be made at vnanwi.org/donate .