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Senior Companion Program
Make A Difference Delaware County
Make A Difference Delaware County (formerly national Make A Difference Day) is the single largest day of volunteering in Delaware County. Each fall, hundreds of volunteers of all ages come together to do good, together. Volunteers help with outdoor chores at homes of older adults and assist nonprofit organizations with a variety of tasks including painting, cleaning and more. This event has received two national awards in 2015 and 2018, recognizing our excellence in volunteerism, and is held on the second Saturday in November.
Sages and Seekers
Sages & Seekers is an 8-week intergenerational program that strives to develop empathy and diminish ageism through in-person conversations. Older adult volunteers, or Sages, are matched one-on-one with high school or college-aged students, known as Seekers. Older adults benefit from this relationship by sharing their wisdom, memories, reexamining their life events, providing mentorship and a nonbiased listening ear while increasing their connection to the community. Youth learn valuable life skills including empathy, interviewing, listening, writing, and public speaking. At the end of the program, the Sage is presented with a tribute written by their Seeker. The Sages & Seekers curriculum was purchased through a grant from the Delaware County Commissioners and has been funded by SourcePoint since 2020.
Happy Hours are hosted at low-income 55+ apartment communities as a way to introduce and encourage volunteerism and connect those who may have physical or transportation barriers. Happy Hours aim to increase physical activity as well as reduce feelings of loneliness, sadness, and/or isolation. Connections provides a volunteer project, music, refreshments, and door prizes for the residents.