When I was young and lived in Toledo, Ohio, my mom started a program at our church that serviced the elderly called “Building Linkages among Urban Elderly”. The program connected elderly people with each other to help them with support, companionship, communication of needs etc. At the time, it was phone based. It served a need and was very successful. When I came across this article about Caremongering Groups in Canada, I thought it would be a helpful addition to my blog. Forming social media groups can be applied in many ways. The article discusses pandemic related groups, which would be helpful at this time but also I hope this idea inspires you to connect and help seniors who may be lonely and in need. Let this inspire you in your community to make a difference and start a Caremongering Group for our Seniors.
If you’re looking for ways to serve your community and build stronger local connections, consider launching a caremongering site on Facebook. Caremongering is a grassroots phenomenon that has swept across Canada to respond to community needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Facebook sites give people a way to find and assist neighbors in need. Locals post requests for help – grocery shopping, protective masks, medicine pick-ups, and so forth – and volunteers step in to fulfill those needs. Some Caremongering site examples: Kelowna (https://bit.ly/2RyJyZf) Oakville (https://bit.ly/2Vn91py)
SRES Elyse Apr 30, 2020
This article originally appeared on the National Association of REALTORS® website. As a REALTOR® with the Seniors Real Estate Specialist® Designation, I find their blog full of helpful information and you can see more here.
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