Be a Virtual-Visitor or an Online Game-Pal for the Lonely

Be a Virtual-Visitor or an Online Game-Pal for the Lonely

Helpertunity has been busy advocating for more Care Facilities and Supportive Housing Shelters to become WiFi enabled, so that their clients can connect with distant friends and family.  However, it has been heartbreaking to see that some residents and clients do not have loved ones or friends, even at a distance, who are able to connect with them online.  Volunteers are needed to be "Virtual-Visitors" and "Online Game-Pals" for these disconnected or foster-care elderly and disabled persons.  Volunteer candidates should enjoy playing simple online social games, e-mailing, text-chatting, and video-chatting with elders.   Following an online or  telephone interview, volunteers will be put in contact with a participating facility's Activity Director or Recreation Technology Specialist, who will coordinate scheduling of their clients' online time, and provide assistance as needed.  For the safety of our affiliate facility clients, volunteers who will be visiting privately and using live-online technologies with unrelated elderly, disabled, or homeless persons, may be asked to submit to a background screening before beginning their volunteer service.