Then why not volunteer soon at your nearest nursing home? Simply give the facility a call, ask to speak with the Activities Director, and then explain that you’re interested in helping him or her out in any way you can.
Here are some idea-starters. See anything you’d enjoy?
- Visit residents regularly to develop relationships conducive to sharing the Gospel.
- Conduct regular Christian services for the residents – a Hymn Sing or formal church service.
- Support Activities by pushing residents to and from scheduled events, delivering mail, putting up or taking down decorations, alphabetizing the library – whatever’s needed.
- Serve as a wheelchair pusher on field trips to, for instance, the zoo.
- Lend a hand in the garden throughout the growing season, helping out with planting, fertilizing, dividing, and weeding.
- Conduct a regular Bible discussion for two residents or twenty.
- Help with or develop a hands-on craft program featuring your favorite craft.
- Get your dog trained in Canine Good Citizenship and visit residents who so miss being around dogs.
- Teach residents the basics of email, one on one.
- Do manicures.
- Offer to shop for toiletries or nightgowns or whatever else is difficult for a facility-bound resident to buy.
- Make and bring “just like fresh, only better” silk flower arrangements to selected residents.
- Raise funds for Activities through your own social or church network – for instance, to sponsor indigent residents’ participation in a field trip or restaurant outing.
- Offer to help with a task that requires a lot of staff time, but no special training – e.g., word games or Bingo.
- Make it your business to identify individual resident’s interests, and then address those interests with books, videos, articles – whatever strikes your fancy.
I can almost guarantee you an experience that will reward you as richly as it rewards the resident you call upon.