There is evidence that links loneliness to mortality and morbidity. According to Heart magazine, loneliness increases the risk of heart disease by 29% and the risk of a stroke by 32%. Functional and cognitive decline are also associated with loneliness. Opportunities for residents to partake in engaging activities, share ideas, and to offer their life experience promote a sense of purpose and help mitigate the dire effects of loneliness.
Our volunteer program is critical in fighting loneliness for both generations as well as enhancing 2Life’s capacity for engaging programs and activities. The Volunteer Program offers both 2Life residents and members of the community the opportunity to build friendships and engage in a meaningful exchange across generations. Our residents also volunteer their personal time staffing our campus front desks and libraries, coordinating book groups and bingo, and offering their time tutoring elementary school students.
The Volunteer Menu is a list of the most current volunteer opportunities available. 2Life's volunteer opportunities are determined by resident needs and interests, staff capacity and the time of year. Opportunities are constantly changing, here are a few examples of the kinds of programs and initiatives volunteers have helped support in the past:
- Digital Device Lending Libraries and on-site Computer Centers – help build residents’ confidence navigating borrowed devices from 2Life's lending library and Computer Centers
- Learn to Zoom – since the beginning of COVID in partnership with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, volunteers have answered residents' questions about Zoom
- The Safe Grocery Shopping Initiative – volunteers have shopped for residents unable to go to the grocery store
- Joyful Connections – volunteers support our social drop-in program for 2Life residents experiencing memory loss as well as their family, friends and companions
- Armchair Travel Series – volunteers have taken residents all over the world from Tanzania to Taiwan, Ireland to India, residents have been all over the world from the comfort and safety of their own home
- Cycling Without Age – volunteers support the "right to the wind in your hair" by taking our Brighton campus residents out on rides around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir on our accommodated electric pedicab
We host one-time and recurring groups of five to thirty volunteers for done-in-a-day projects or activities for residents. Bring your group or team to lend a hand or engage with our residents. Examples of group service projects include painting apartments, building elevated planter beds, and helping with outdoor cleanup. Examples of volunteer-led activities for residents include trivia tournaments, craft or cooking projects, and game-playing. Reach out directly to learn more about group projects.
At this time, most of our volunteer opportunities are in person, however we do have a small handful of remote opportunities available listed in the Volunteer Menu.
Colleges and Universities
We've worked with many local college and university students. We've had college clubs join our parties and provide extra hands and dancing feet, language groups meet with our residents to exchange stories and ideas, public health students give presentations, nutrition classes create recipe books for older adults, and community service groups put together individualized care packages. We are always looking for ways to collaborate with students! Reach out directly to learn more about student groups.
If you have a friendly attitude and an open mind, or are looking for ways to get involved in your community, you’ll be right at home here. Our current corps volunteers contribute to all facets of our work to support 2Life residents. We truly could not do what we do without them!
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