What Seniors Can Do
Life experience is worth a lot.
As a senior, the value of your knowledge is immeasurable. You may be a parent or perhaps a grandparent. Or maybe you’ve been a mentor, teacher or friend to those younger than you. Your support can help others flourish—academically, in the workplace, and in your community.
Parenting is often difficult and asking for help can be hard. Showing support for a parent you know can be as straightforward as offering a sympathetic ear and a helping hand. Asking, “how can I help?” and “what do you need?” can go a long way.
You can be the one that a child who is being abused will talk to. If you are concerned about a child, learn how to recognize signs of abuse and how to respond at One with Courage, a campaign developed by Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas.
Get to know your neighbors and offer to help when you can.
If you need help, there are resources for you, too.
There are many organizations in our community that need many different types of support (as well as volunteers of all ages). Here are a few examples:
If none of these options seem like a fit for you, learn about other opportunities on Volunteer Spokane.
Sometimes we’re faced with situations that we don’t know how to address, and it can be hard to know how to support an individual experiencing abuse, neglect or domestic violence. Learn about this at Lutheran Community Services or the YWCA. You can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.7233 to get more information. The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) also has a National Sexual Assault Hotline that you can call 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 800.656.HOPE (4673).