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Social Connection

With the "Stay at Home" order, it's easy to feel isolated, lonely, and scared. But, as a volunteer, you can help fight social isolation by making (or receiving!) regular social calls. It's easy to volunteer to be a caller or call recipient and/or sign up a friend or relative who needs a friendly call.

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Neighbor to Neighbor: Community Care Packages

Quick Overview: Put together care packages for our community members in need. Mission or Broader Program Description: Meals on Wheels West is a big believer in Community Care and there is no better way to do this than adding special packages to our warm meals when we see that a client is in need. Whether it be to welcome a client, to celebrate a birthday, an upcoming holiday, or someone is in need of a pick-me-up, our bags are made with the love from our amazing volunteers. Meals on Wheels West invites you to add your special touch to help those who are in need. Please use small bags or boxes when making these packages. All items must be brand new and come in the original commercial packaging. Travel sizes work best. Think of things that are fun and are tailored for a certain event: Birthday Bag, Welcome Bag, Holiday Bag, Hygiene Bag, Feel Better Bag. SUGGESTED: 8-10 items per bag • TOILET PAPER • HAND SANITIZER • CLEANING WIPES • Shampoo & Conditioner • Small brush • Swabs • Pot holders • Sharpened pencils • Postage Stamps • Small first aid kit • Pill boxes • Photo frames • Deodorant • Comb • Socks • Jar openers • Notepads • Stationary • Soap • Floss soap • Nail file & clippers • Night lights • Tissues (small) • Toothbrush & toothpaste • Cotton balls • Dish towels • Pens • Envelopes • Greeting Cards • Body wash • Lotions • Magnifying glasses • Playing cards • Cross words/word finds Please Avoid: Razors, Candles, Matches, Lighters, Cough Drops, Lipstick & Cosmetics, Food Items, Nail Polish, Rubbing Alcohol, Flammable Liquids, Over the counter Cold Remedies, Aspirin, Tylenol, or Ibuprofen Impact: By participating in the Meals on Wheels neighbor to neighbor program, volunteers will be providing resources that are difficult for our senior community to find. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: As a volunteer, you will provide and/or organize resources for seniors. *Students can earn community service hours by making 5 Charity bags while earning 2 hours of service.* Requirements: Participants will need to pass a background check.

Phone Reassurance for the Socially Isolated

Quick Overview: Call Meals on Wheels recipients to check on their health and wellness Mission or Broader Program Description: Meals on Wheels West provides community based services that nourish and enrich the lives of our homebound neighbors of all ages by providing nutritious meals, an emergency preparedness program and referrals to other services that promote independent living and wellbeing. Volunteers will be asked to reach out to isolated and homebound individuals for friendly conversation and social connectedness. Impact: By participating in the Meals on Wheels phone reassurance program, volunteers will be fighting against the social isolation that comes from social distancing. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: As a volunteer, you will call individuals who are homebound. A script will be provided. Requirements: Participants will need to pass a background check.

Be a TeleSocial Volunteer

Quick Overview: A social phone call twice a week to help isolated members of our community. Impact: In response to the COVID19 crisis, L.A. Works has launched a TeleSocial Program to help keep social distancing from becoming social isolation for vulnerable homebound individuals who are at highest risk for both the coronavirus and the resulting loneliness from self-quarantine. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: You will be paired with at least one call recipient who you will place a friendly call every three days to check in, listen, and just chat. It will be up to you and your recipient to determine how long your conversations will be. The calls will be strictly social - meaning they will be about common interests, hobbies, and the ongoing crisis - with any problems that may arise, you will be directed to refer to an L.A. Works staff member. Each volunteer caller will receive training from L.A. Works staff before calls are to begin. Requirements: Volunteers must pass a training before being matched. Volunteers must agree not to share advice of any kind during the call. Volunteers must agree to make these social calls twice a week.

Tele-Social Program (Culver Palms Meals on Wheels, Culver City)

Quick Overview: Call Meals on Wheels recipients to check on their health and wellness Mission or Broader Program Description: Meals on Wheels West provides community-based services that nourish and enrich the lives of our homebound neighbors of all ages by providing nutritious meals, an emergency preparedness program and referrals to other services that promote independent living and wellbeing. Volunteers will be asked to reach out to isolated and homebound individuals for friendly conversation and social connectedness. Impact: By participating in the Meals on Wheels phone reassurance program, volunteers will be fighting against the social isolation that comes from social distancing. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: As a volunteer, you will call individuals who are homebound. A script will be provided.

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