Do you want to make a difference in your community?
The Senior Companion Program allows volunteers to work with fellow seniors in an effort to assist them to maintain their independent living situation. This program’s main focus is on those members of our communities who have developmental disabilities and special needs. It is incredible what friendship with ones’ peers can do to foster independence and self-sufficiency.
For senior citizens who are interested in working with children, the Foster Grandparent Program provides an invaluable service to schools and families across New Mexico. Senior volunteers work to help children develop the skills, confidence and strength to succeed in life. These volunteers, under the guidance of teachers and administrators, pass on the skills they have learned as they mentor children of all ages.
Civic engagement engages individuals in service learning opportunities to make a difference in the civic life of one’s community. We assist in developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. This also means promoting the quality of life in a community.
Volunteering is only one form of civic engagement and plays a valuable role in shaping how individuals learn to interact with their community and develop the skills, values, and sense of empowerment necessary to become active citizens.