Volunteering With Your Child Can Make a Difference

Published: Tuesday, August 09, 2016

As part of Lutheran SeniorLife’s Abundant Life® mission, we recognize the need for residents to have purposeful engagements with younger generations, especially children.

Intergenerational activities are encouraged at Passavant Community and throughout the Lutheran SeniorLife system. These interactions between the older and younger generations have many benefits for our residents:

  • Enhanced socialization
  • Stimulated learning
  • Increased emotional support
  • Improved health

Studies show that the children benefit as well through improved academic performance, enhanced social skills, decreased negative behavior and increased stability.

In addition, these interactions are a great way to teach children the benefits of serving others.

Parents are welcome in serving in the day with their preschooler or during the early evening or weekends with their school aged child.

Here are a few ways you and your child can serve together:

One-on-One Visits – visit, play games, read poetry, do puzzles with nursing or personal care residents, or escort them to destinations in the main building or outside during nice weather.

Fitness Walker – gather personal care residents for a stroll indoors or outside.

Manicures – pamper our ladies with polish and lotion. This is a great opportunity for a school-aged child.

Bingo Assistants – set up games, assist residents as needed, pass out prizes for our personal care bingo games.

Wii Bowling – provide guidance with the game for personal care residents.

Friday Movie Night – pick a movie from our collection (or bring one of yours), serve a snack and enjoy the evening with personal care residents.

General Activities – set up and lead activities such as board games, cards, reading, trivia and much more.

Specific volunteer service opportunities may differ depending on site location. Children under 13 may volunteer with their parent.  Children 13 and older may volunteer independently.

Click here to learn more about intergenerational and other volunteer opportunities at Passavant Community and throughout Lutheran SeniorLife. 

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