Are you interested in lending a helping hand at Project Independence, Elderly Services’ adult day care center? 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 very therapeutic.

Where is Project Independence?

Project Independence is part of Elderly Services Inc., located at 112 Exchange St. in Middlebury, on the east side of the street just past R.K. Miles Building Supply. Project Independence serves elders from all corners of Addison County.

When would I volunteer?

The Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m., and Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. As a Helping Hand volunteer, you can visit as frequently or as occasionally as you want. Some volunteer weekly, others monthly, and others only occasionally.

Would I enjoy volunteering?

We believe volunteering should be fun! Our staff will get to know you and together we can decide how you can both enjoy yourself and contribute to our elders’ days. We serve meals to our volunteers, include you in celebrations, invite you to special events, and consider you part of our caring community.

What can I do?

A partial list of activities performed by Helping Hand volunteers:

Visiting one to one; greeting elderly guests; helping with vans; playing games; writing letters; playing musical instruments; showing slides; bringing a child to visit; bringing a pet to visit; serving meals; reading to people; baking bread or goodies; brushing hair or taking care of nails; helping in the kitchen; taking people for walks; serving on a committee; leading discussions; helping with sewing groups; assisting on field trips; helping fundraise; finding community talent; discussing or playing sports; bringing in old photos or souvenirs to share.

Volunteer with a friend and double your fun!

If you think being a Helping Hand volunteer is for you, please call Dana Perzanoski at 802.388.3983.