VISIONS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU!
VISIONS Intergenerational Program recruits and trains students, 15 years of age and over, to assist seniors who are blind. Working in pairs, the youth travel to the homes of seniors to visit, read, shop, do errands and/or escort them within the neighborhood. These friendly visits help to decrease the loneliness and isolation often experienced by homebound elders. Students will also volunteer at the senior center at 135 West 23rd Street by providing meals to seniors. Students will also be participating in a variety of intergenerational activities, classes and training seminars.
Days and Hours:
SUMMER: Services are provided between the hours of 10am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Applicants must be able to attend orientation/training.
SCHOOL YEAR: Services are provided depending on the students' schedules.
Specific Duties: Shop for or with clients, escort, reading, assist with computers, and "friendly visits." Plus, provide assistance with intergenerational programs, classes, meal service, and participate in trainings at our community center, VISIONS' at Selis Manor on West 23rd Street in NYC.
Program Incentives: Students receive a letter of recommendation, community service hours, metrocards if needed, a gift card of his/her choice, and certificate upon completion of program.
Requirements/Process: Must be 15 and over. Must be punctual, reliable, mature, and have good reading and verbal communication skills. Must be able and willing to travel throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Must submit via fax or email (.doc format) a completed application for consideration.
You can download an application here: VISIONS Intergenerational Volunteer Application
For further information and/or an application contact:
VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
135 West 23rd Street
(646) 486-4444 Ext.233
This program is made possible by NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA)