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Make a new friend with a whole lot of life experience to share

by Allison Hatfield | December 9, 2019

A handwritten letter has circulated on the internet for a couple of years. Its contents, intended for the neighbor of the person who wrote it, are heart-wrenching words that bring a knot to the throat: “Would you consider to become my friend. I’m 90 years old—live alone. All my friends have passed away. I’m so lonesome and scared. Please I pray for someone.”

More than 10% of Dallas County residents are age 65 or older. Many have family and friends they can rely on, but many do not. Think about how hard that would be, and then consider these three ways you can give a little love to seniors in Dallas-Fort Worth.

CC Young Senior Living is just one of many assisted living communities that needs volunteers to host birthday parties, arts and crafts workshops, singalongs, games, Bible studies, and more. You can also share your talents as a performer: play the piano or guitar, put on a dance recital, or show off your magic skills.

Hearts for Homes does home repairs and yardwork for seniors in Denton County. The group especially needs volunteers skilled in carpentry, drywall repair, plumbing, electrical, and roofing — but if you can pull a weed or hold a paintbrush, you are welcome to join.

The Senior Source’s Friendly Visitor program facilitates visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities. People of all ages as well as groups are needed to help with activities, read to residents, and just hang out. If you have a friendly dog or cat, they can even help you get permission to take your pet along. Want to up the ante? Become a court-appointed guardian for an older adult who needs ongoing help.

Volunteering makes a difference — especially if you make it part of your regular routine. But you don’t need an organization to become a friend. Chances are there are older people in your building or on your block who would welcome a bouquet of fresh flowers and a hug, an invitation to afternoon tea and cookies, or the opportunity to tag along on your grocery run.

You can also explore more volunteer opportunities with seniors at the FWD>DFW volunteer portal here.

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