Adopt-a-Grandparent

 

The mission of Adopt-a-Grandparent is to create meaningful, one-on-one relationships with seniors in the Charlottesville community that will improve the quality of life of participants, both seniors and volunteers. We want to make sure the seniors in our community know how special they are to us!

 

Program Sites:



 

Charlottesville Health and Rehab



What Will the Volunteers Do?

Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation Center is unique, as it is an assisted living facility in a clinical setting. Volunteers will visit the facility on a weekly basis via carpools with fellow 'Hoos. Volunteers will be matched with their grandparents based on interests, and they can interact with their grandparents either in their rooms or in facility-wide activities. Those looking to get more involved in the clinical aspect of the center can interact with his or her assigned grandparent's nurse or physical therapists and help his or her grandparent in physical rehabilitation (e.g. light walking.)

When?

Every day of the week, 9:00am-6:00pm; or as available by carpool.

Where?

505 W. Rio Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

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The Colonnades



What Will the Volunteers Do?

At the Colonnades, volunteers are assigned to a grandparent whom they visit for an hour each week. Grandparents at the Colonnades vary in regards to their level of mobility and awareness, but each of them absolutely loves being visited. The Colonnades has different levels of assisted living for residents. Some live in independent living in their own homes or apartments on the Colonnades property, and those who need more care live in their own rooms in the main building. The Colonnades staff does a great job of planning activities for residents: baking sessions, bingo, cards, crafting, aerobic classes, yoga classes, music playing, etc. When we visit, we generally go to our grandparents' room to chat, and if they are mobile enough and want to, we can participate with them in the activities located in the common areas. Many residents hang out in the common areas, so it's fun to just visit with a group of them as well!

When?

Days and times vary with carpools.

Where?

2600 Barracks Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

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Golden Living



What Will the Volunteers Do?

Golden Living is an amazing place to volunteer! Located just off of Barracks Road, it is only a short bus, car, or even bike ride away. The site has a traditional nursing home setting, and the staff is very friendly and approachable. Our Community Partner has had many years of experience working with AAGP volunteers and is always open to trying new group activities. Furthermore, the activities room is always stocked with art supplies, games, and puzzles so there should be no shortage of fun things to do with your grandparent!

When?

Days and times vary with carpools and based on volunteers' schedules.

Where?

1242 Cedars Court
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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JABA In-Home



What Will the Volunteers Do?

The Jefferson Area Board of Aging (JABA) In-Home program helps home-bound seniors get the help they need to remain in their homes when they are unable to do things for themselves. As a volunteer, you'll be placed with a home-bound senior citizen in the Charlottesville community. You'll visit your adopted grandparent in his or her homes on a weekly basis and provide company for these seniors, who frequently don't get outside contact on a regular basis. 

When?

It will be up to volunteers and their grandparent to decide when weekly visits will be. Visits usually last an hour, but timing is based on the volunteer/grandparent's availability. 

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The Lodge at Old Trail



What do volunteers do?

The Lodge is the newest addition to the Adopt-A-Grandparent team. Located in Crozet, volunteers will work closely with the Lodge’s staff to meet with grandparents both one-on-one and in group settings for a variety of scheduled activities. Some volunteers may work specifically in the memory unit with dementia patients who greatly benefit from the weekly conversations.

When?

Days and times vary with carpools.

Where?

330 Claremont Lane
Crozet, VA 22932

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Martha Jefferson House



What will the volunteers do?

Volunteers typically spend about an hour a week talking, crafting, playing games, or drinking tea with their adopted grandparent. On nice days, volunteers may take their adopted grandparent out on the patio or for a walk on the Corner! Weekly visits will bring smiles to both volunteers and adopted grandparents!

When?

Volunteering happens everyday of the week. Since Martha Jefferson House is within walking distance for volunteers, it is up to volunteers to decide on a time that works best for both them and their grandparent!

Where?

1600 Gordon Avenue
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

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Mary Williams Community Center



What Will the Volunteers Do?

Volunteers at Mary Williams visit with the community members and participate in activities including board games, tai chi, meditation, music, devotions, arts and crafts, walks, and events with children at the local elementary school. Mary Williams offers volunteers the opportunity to get to know many grandparents in an informal setting through a variety of activities and does not match up grandparents and volunteers.

When?

Volunteering happens Monday through Thursday at Mary Williams from 9:30am-2:00pm.

Where?

Inside Jefferson School City Center
233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Morningside



What Will The Volunteers Do?

Volunteers at Morningside spend about 1 hour a week with their grandparent, connecting individually and participating in larger group events. Volunteers take part in such activities as sing-alongs, birthday parties, and movies as well as share memories and reminisce with their grandparent.

When?

Volunteering at Morningside is very flexible as carpools are scheduled to accommodate the schedules of volunteers each semester. Volunteering occurs on regular days and times during the week.

Where?

491 Crestwood Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Our Lady of Peace



What Will the Volunteers Do?

Volunteers at Our Lady of Peace typically spend one hour per week talking, playing games, attending in-house activities or spending time just getting to know each other.  On nice days volunteers can take their grandparents out to the patio or for a walk outside. We have several special events each year that volunteers are invited to attend with their grandparent.  We have a volunteer in the up-coming year who is planning to present a culture program about China, including cooking and learning to speak some Chinese.  We challenge our volunteers to bring something new to our program.

Luxuriously and comfortably decorated, Our Lady of Peace serves many Charlottesville locals. It includes amenities like its own gym, cinema, and convenient store. There are also numerous scheduled actives, which are optional for residents. The staff at Our Lady of Peace is friendly and caring. Volunteers are highly encouraged to become a part of their community by participating in jazz concerts and many festive events.

When?

Days and times vary with carpools.

Where?

751 Hillsdale Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22901

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Riverdale Assisted Living



What Will the Volunteers Do?

At Riverdale Assisted Living, volunteers foster meaningful relationships with residents through a range of fun and casual activities, including playing cards, listening to music, or chatting. The site is divided into two floors of bedrooms, with a common area on each floor, allowing volunteers and residents alike to enjoy both one-on-one and group interactions.

When?

Visits take place once a week, during the school week, and generally last one hour. Exact visiting times are determined as carpools are set up according to volunteers' semester schedules.

Where?

1329 Riverdale Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22902

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Trinity Mission and Rehab



What Will Volunteers Do?

Volunteers are matched with a grandparent at Trinity based on interests and are free to do a variety of activities (talking, crafts, etc.) during their visit (at least once a week for an hour). The site also has a calendar of activities for the month, such as bingo, which volunteers are welcome to participate in.

When?

Volunteering occurs on regular days and times throughout the week as carpools are set up to accommodate volunteers' schedules each semester.

Where?

1150 Northwest Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22901

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Westminster Canterbury Blue Ridge



What Will Volunteers Do?

Volunteers visit their "grandparents" once a week for an hour, eating with them, doing puzzles, chatting and catching up on their week, as well as many other fun activities. The grandparents, here, are often in their 80s or older, and some have memory disorders, but they cherish the moments that they spend visiting with their "adopted grandchild."

When?

Days and times vary with carpools.

Where?

250 Pantops Mountain Road
Charlottesville, VA 22911

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