The resolution as passed by voting delegates at the 2014 NMASC State Conference was to make a change in the NMASC service format. One topic of service—that will make a difference in every community throughout our state—will be the direction for a three-year span.
In February 2014 the statewide focus of Community Service, the elderly, was approved as the NMASC Community Service focus through state conference 2017. School councils are encouraged to research and come up with their own project(s) that focus on the elderly.
In addition to individual school student council service projects, at NMASC statewide events— Summer Workshop, Fall District Conferences, State Conference—student delegates will participate in a service project focusing on the elderly.
Suggestions for working with the Elderly in your community:
- If you plan to coordinate a project at an elder center on a holiday, check their hours first. Centers hours often include closure on days that are school holidays.
- Contact community centers, churches, designated senior centers – build a rapport.
- Communities with senior centers usually offer classes. In our technological society, teens could volunteer to assist seniors with computer use (some centers have a mini-computer lab), or how to better use the features on their cell phone. (Cell phones are multigenerational!)
- Senior centers or churches may offer movement classes – Zumba Gold, line dancing - crafts projects that the center plans and provides the supplies. Teens could be there to participate and assist.
- Check events calendars at churches, senior centers. Students could volunteer to assist the organizers with planned events – such holiday themed events—decorating, food prep, activities or monthly birthday celebrations; set-up, serving, interaction with the seniors, clean-up; play board games or shoot pool.
- At a convalescent or nursing home read to seniors.
- At a car club or senior retirement apartment center – volunteer to wash cars, or clean car windshields/windows all around.
- For grandparents, neighbors, elders in their own homes – volunteer to rake leaves, general yard work, take the trash barrel out and back on trash day . . . or simply pick up the morning newspaper and place it close to the door – especially in the winter.
- Musically talented youth could present a concert – singing, or instrumental. roviding small percussion instruments that elders could play would involve them.
- Have a food drive and donate senior friendly food to Senior Centers, Multigenerational Centers, Sports & Fitness Centers, food pantries, churches. (Senior hunger is a serious problem…over 3 million seniors over the age of 65 are faced with the decision to pay for food or pay for medicine.)
- Have a fundraiser! Donate proceeds to an organization that supports seniors – Alzheimer’s Association, Meals On Wheels . . . research – there are many.
- The NM Senior Olympics. How can your council help? For more information, contact NM Senior Olympics 1-888-623-6676 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Large events can use many volunteers.
- There are many ways to assist, help, support our Elder generation. Many elders are vivacious and lively – just in older skin! Some require more attention and assistance. There are a variety of ways to assist!
Other Ways You Can Make A Difference
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