Monday, March 25, 2019

April 2014

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples”    Mother Theresa

Every ripple has a point of origin and for many children and older adults in need, that origin is their Foster Grandparent or Senior Companion volunteer. The Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Volunteers give the gift of time and commitment to do many small things with great love which cause a ripple effect in our communities.

  • The Senior Companion who assists an older adult by taking them to a doctor’s appointment or sitting to visit and play cards not only eases their loneliness but also easies the burden of their family in caring for their loved one. This is a ripple effect.
  • The Foster Grandparent who works diligently with a student to help them practice their reading skills – the result is improvement in the child’s reading proficiency which improves their overall educational achievements. This is a ripple effect.
  • The Senior Companion who helps a new resident transition into their new life at a nursing home. The support they give benefits the resident, the staff and it comforts the family knowing that their loved one has a friend that will be there for them when they cannot. This is a ripple effect.
  • The Foster Grandparent who has the time to listen to the worries and concerns of the children they work with. They are often the first to learn of critical home situations and they can follow up with their teachers so the proper action can take place to protect a child from harm and neglect. This is a ripple effect.

Everyone has the power to touch the lives of everyone they come into contact with in a positive way and those people in turn can pass on that positive effect to others. The momentum of your influence will grow as your ripples move onward and outward. Our Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions posses the ability to take their ripple effects and watch them become tidal waves of love and kindness. They feed the hunger of loneliness and fear.

 

Mary Ann Mooradian, Coordinator - Foster Grandparent/Senior Companion Programs