Being homebound can be an isolating experience to say the least, and we are hoping to alleviate senior loneliness and challenges presented by being homebound. The Senior Support Action Group aims to bring both physical and mental wellness to each homebound senior we serve.
The Senior Companion Program (SCP) recruits individuals 55 and better to volunteer as friends and companions to older adults living independently at home and at community centers. Their support enables older adults to live independently at home for longer periods of time.
Senior Citizens Opportunity for Personal Endeavor (SCOPE) assists older persons (50+) in maintaining their independence and being part of the community. We provide senior adults with daily recreational activities, educational events, lunch, socialization, and fitness programs.
The Medication Access Program (MAP) provides assistance to qualifying persons of any age who are experiencing financial hardship and difficulty with paying for their medications. Our committed staff and volunteers will help clients identify their eligibility and which medications may be obtained for free or at a low cost.
The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) recruits individuals 55 and better to volunteer as tutors, mentors, and role models to young people with exceptional and special needs (i.e. learning disabilities, language barriers, or those who are abused or neglected) at schools and community centers. They also help students with socio-emotional development to improve self-confidence, combat bullying, develop social skills, and improve overall mental well-being.
AmeriCorps Seniors Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) seeks to connect folks 55 and better to volunteer service opportunities by highlighting their lifetime of experiences. Using their time and talents, our volunteers give back to our community and make a positive difference in the lives of others.
AmeriCorps VISTA – Volunteers In Service To America – is a national service program that works to eliminate poverty. Members commit to one year of service at a non-profit or government agency to support community efforts to overcome poverty and develop initiatives that enable people to become self-sufficient and secure.
The Portage County Senior Center offers social and recreational activities, as well as daily lunches, to all Portage County senior citizens ages 50 and better. Weekly activities include bingo, exercise class, card games, dominoes, art class, and tai chi.
Mobile Meals works to provide regular nutritional meals to low-income, elderly, and disabled individuals in Summit, Cuyahoga, and Portage County. Mobile Meals offers home-delivered meals that are either hot or frozen, depending on the individuals’ needs. The meals come from dietician-created monthly menus that meet daily nutrition requirements.
The Skeels-Mathews Community Center serves all ages, with a special focus on youth and seniors. The center offers a variety of community programs, including weekly congregate meals, daily home-cooked lunches for seniors, activities for seniors, adult nutrition and computer classes, and holiday dinners and special events.