P.O. Box 581
Middlebury, VT 05753
is a Helping Hand?"
A Helping Hand Volunteer can be
any friendly, warm-hearted,
patient, understanding individual. Anyone from 6 to 96 can contribute
to a brighter day for our frail elderly guests. Students are always
welcome. No special talents are needed. Just talking, one on one is
is Project Independence?"
Project Independence is part of
Elderly Services, Inc., located at
112 Exchange St. in Middlebury just past Greg's Market on the opposite
side of the street. Project Independence serves elders from all corners
of Addison County.
would I volunteer?"
The Center is open Monday
through Friday 7:30 a.m.- 7 p.m.,
Saturday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. A Helping Hand Volunteer can come in as
frequently or occasionally as the individual wishes. Some volunteer
weekly, others monthly, and others only occasionally.
I enjoy volunteering?"
We believe volunteering should
be fun! Our staff wants to know you
and together decide how you can most enjoy yourself while also
contributing to our elders' good day. We serve meals to our volunteers,
include you in celebrations, invite you to special events, and consider
you part of our caring community.
|Beeman Elementary Students
Volunteer at Project Independence
Every Friday for
two school years, students from Mrs. Arnelle
Paquette's third and fourth grade mixed class at Beeman Elementary
School in New Haven, Vermont volunteered at Project
Independence. The age of the Beeman students is 8 or 9, while the age
of most of the folks they are helping ranges from 70 years old up to
What can an eight or nine year old do to help older people?
Lots! The students help out with activities, which can be anything from
table top bowling to bingo to Sudoku and Pictionary. The students are
very willing to jump in and work on whatever activity is going on.
Everyone in the class has had the opportunity and experience of
volunteering at Project. For Project participants, just the presence of
young people makes them feel good.
When the students were asked what they wanted to say about
going to Project there were many hands raised. Autumn said "Project is
fun because you are meeting new people'. Jamie said that "Project is a
good place for people to get to talk to people." Jakub and Lydia both
said Project was a good place to get taken care of.
The students think it is important to volunteer because the
participants at Project don't always get to see children. They like
helping the staff with activities. On a recent Friday, eight year old
Brooke Perlee and nine year old Paige Myrick were on hand to assist in
keeping score for tabletop shuffleboard. They also got to join in and
enjoyed the game playing with the older players.
Some of the
things that impress the children about
Project are the vans that bring elders to and from Project
Independence. Two of the students have close relatives who drive vans
for the center. The children are also very aware that the food is quite
good and one commented that "Project is a good place to gain weight!"
The students also thought Project was a good place for elders to get
outside and sit on the porch or in the sunroom, because many of them
don't get out much.
When asked what they liked best about coming to Project, one
young man summed it up by saying "everything". They reported that
elders at Project like to talk with them and often ask them their age
and what they are learning in school. The kids like the good feeling
that comes from helping out and seeing other people have fun.
Having students volunteer is a great learning experience for
the kids and the elders. It requires a strong commitment from the
school and from the parents who volunteer to drive them to Project
Independence. The staff and participants at Project are grateful for
Volunteers at Project Independence are of all ages from 6-96, and they
come from all walks of life. We all can use the good feelings that come
from helping others, and at Project Independence, they are always happy
to have more volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about
Addison County's adult day center, located at 112 Exchange Street in
Middlebury, call 388-3983.
"What can I do?"
A partial list of activities
by Helping Hand volunteers includes:
|Visiting one to one
Greeting elderly guests
Helping with vans
Play musical instruments
Bringing a child to visit
|Bringing a pet to visit
Read to people
Bake bread or goodies
Hair brushing/nail care
Help in kitchen
Take people for walks
Serve on a committee
Help with sewing groups
Assist on field trips
Find community talent
Discuss or play sports
Bring in old photos or objects to share
Volunteer with a friend
and double your fun!
Call Eric at 388-3983
Project Independence Adult Day
Elderly Services, Inc.
Let us be your partner in aging positively or
providing eldercare to a loved one!
Call 802-388-3983 and ask for
Joanne or Pat