LITA volunteers visit lonely and isolated elderly in long-term care facilities throughout Marin County. Volunteers range in age from 8 to 83 and visit alone, with children, pets, or as part of elementary school classroom visits – or participate in our annual Holiday Gifts for the Elderly program. If you have 30 minutes and a little love, you are a perfect candidate for LITA Marin.
Sixty percent of the elderly living in facilities have very few, if any, visitors. One-to-One Friends is the heart of LITA’s face of friendship for the elderly and disabled, matching volunteers with residents of long-term care facilities for weekly visits. LITA volunteers bring friendship, laughter and something to look forward to for otherwise isolated elderly people.
When people move into a long-term care facility, they must often leave a beloved pet behind. This separation from
their most constant companion is often the most devastating. The Pet Connection involves a volunteer’s pet as part of
their weekly visits.
LITA frequently receives requests from a facility for a volunteer with a pet. Pet Therapy visits give a pet lover much pleasure and may even make a connection with a person who has not been responsive to other types of interactions.
Bridging Generations matches classrooms of elementary school children with residents of care facilities for monthly
visits during the school year. It is a powerful experience for both youth and elders as they develop warm and close
LITA provides the needed coordination, project supplies and transportation, if necessary, in order to make this a meaningful experience for seniors and students alike.
LITA Families matches families with residents of facilities for weekly visits. Some visit several people at smaller
facilities, while others are matched with one individual for long-term friendship and support.
A family visit to a LITA elder can be a source of much joy and learning for all involved!
Each December, LITA collects and wraps new donated gifts for the elderly living in facilities and low-income housing in Marin County. These gifts are given to those elders who would otherwise be forgotten. This project is made possible with the generous help of volunteers who’s hearts go out to the elderly during the holiday season. A simple, elder-appropriate gift can lift the heart of a lonely person at this special time of year.