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Open Your Heart to a Senior Orientations to be Held for Interested Volunteers

Open Your Heart to a Senior is holding volunteer orientations throughout greater Allegheny County in July and August. Open Your Heart to a Senior is committed to helping senior citizens live safely and independently in their own homes throughout Allegheny County. Volunteers can help by providing transportation to medical appointments and grocery shopping, telephone reassurance calls, friendly home visits, yard work and simple home repairs. The time commitment is flexible and the need is ongoing in every Allegheny County community. Each session will provide general information on volunteer opportunities at AGEWELL, Blind and Vision Rehabilitation, Centers for Healthy Hearts and Souls, Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Lutheran Service Society’s Meals on Wheels program and North Hills Community Outreach’s Faith in Actionprogram. At each orientation, detailed information will be provided for Open Your Heart to a Senior volunteering. Orientation dates are:

  • July 10 at 10:30 a.m. – UPMC Lighthouse Pointe at 500 Chapel Harbor Drive in Fox Chapel
  • July 12 at 5 p.m. – Family Services of Western PA at 6401 Penn Ave., 2nd Floor in East Liberty
  • July 14 – 1 p.m. – Family Services of Western PA at 6401 Penn Ave., 2nd Floor in East Liberty
  • July 25 – 6:30 p.m. – North Hills Community Outreach at 1975 Ferguson Road in Allison Park
  • August 4 – 1 p.m. – Family Services of Western PA at 6401 Penn Ave., 2nd Floor in East Liberty
  • August 9 – 5 p.m. – Family Services of Western PA at 6401 Penn Ave., 2nd Floor in East Liberty
  • August 16 – 9:30 a.m. – AGH Suburban Hospital at 100 S. Jackson Ave. in Bellevue
  • August 21 – 6:30 p.m. – UPMC Lighthouse Pointe at 500 Chapel Harbor Drive in Fox Chapel

Safety for Seniors Days also will held on July 14 and August 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. After an hourlong training session, volunteers will pair up to visit two senior citizens’ homes and evaluate each home for common fall and fire hazards. In 2011, 378 volunteers served more than 1,350 care receivers throughout Allegheny County. Volunteers contributed approximately 12,500 hours on behalf of the region’s vulnerable seniors throughout 2011. For more information on volunteering, visit www.openyourhearttoasenior.org, call 412-307-0071 or toll-free at 866-467-0888 or email at seniors@nhco.org. About Open Your Heart to a Senior Open Your Heart to a Senior is a signature initiative of the United Way of Allegheny County, with Family Services and North Hills Community Outreach as the two leading partners. Together these two organizations have over 600 volunteers providing non-medical care for seniors to keep them living safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Transportation to medical appointments and grocery shopping, telephone reassurance and friendly visiting, yard work and simple home repair are the most frequently requested and provided services.

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