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. Participants in our program become a highlight of the week for the “grandparents” they visit because oftentimes these seniors are specifically selected as people who will emotionally (and sometimes physically!) benefit from the extra social stimulation. We want to make sure the seniors in our community know how special they are to us!

 

What will Volunteers do?

Volunteers will dedicate 1 to 2 hours each week to their volunteer shift, which will occur in a carpool or individual visit – depending on the site to which they are assigned. Each site will also have a special semester event for the volunteers to all gather with their residents for a planned activity, and our dedicated Program Directors are also always looking for opportunities to let volunteer socialize with each other, both during and outside of their weekly shifts!

 

When?

Volunteers submit their availability and are matched for a one-hour shift, once a week. Days and times vary according to site.Transportation will be provided via carpool. Adopt-a-Grandparent is a semester-long commitment.

 

How can I get involved?

Click on the Register link on the upper left hand side of the webpage and fill out the online form. After submitting the form, a Program Director will contact you with information about the site and time you have been scheduled.

Fall 2017 registration for AAGP begins August 22, 2017. The program fills up quickly, so be sure to apply as soon as possible.

 

Our community PArtners

For more detailed information about an individual site listed below, click here.

  • Our Lady of Peace
  • Riverdale Assisted Living
  • Senior Center, Inc.
  • Golden Living Center
  • The Colonnades
  • Trinity Mission Health and Rehab
  • Westminster Canterbury Health Center
  • Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation Center
  • JABA After Care Center
  • The Lodge at Old Trail
  • Martha Jefferson House
  • Mary Williams Community Center
  • Morningside Assisted Living

“[My adopted grandmother] is 60 years older than I am, and we’ve become friends. I have grandparents in China, I miss them, and I thought how lonely and boring it might be to be older and not living at home. I would want companionship and someone to visit and make me happy.”
— Morgan Chen (Col '15), former volunteer with Adopt-A-Grandparent