NeighborTies: Strengthening Elders in Our Community

The Southeast Seattle Senior Center has launched a new volunteer program called NeighborTies, which will match an elder living in Southeast Seattle with a trained volunteer who will come to their home at least twice a month.

"The goal of this program is for the older adult to feel supported and better connected to their community," says Nikki Bogden, a community builder with Senior Services.

Nikki Bogden

Nikki says NeighborTies is currently recruiting volunteers. Volunteers are able to choose the kinds of assistance they would like to offer an older adult—like friendly visits, light cleaning, or providing rides to and from appointments—and they receive support and guidance from a social worker and the volunteer coordinator.

"NeighborTies is first and foremost a companionship program," says Nikki. "This is an opportunity for Southeast Seattle residents to connect with older community members in a meaningful and fulfilling way. We believe that the connections our volunteers make with the older adults have a positive impact on the whole community."

NeighborTies asks for a minimum commitment of once every two weeks for six months.

For more information about NeighborTies or to get involved, contact Nikki Bogden at nikkibo@seniorservices.org or 206-268-6781 or visit the Southeast Seattle Senior Center (4655 South Holly Street, Seattle). For general information, visit www.southeastseattleseniorcenter.org.

Senior Services is a nonprofit organization that promotes the emotional, social and physical well-being of older adults through a network of community connections and services. Among other programs, Senior Services operates seven senior centers for adults in their fifties on up who want to keep their minds and bodies in shape. Learn more at www.seniorservices.org.

Got a Volunteer Program That Benefits Older Adults?

If you are involved in a volunteer program that benefits older residents of Seattle-King County—either as volunteers or the recipients of volunteer services—we'd like to hear about it. Like NeighborTies in southeast Seattle, your program could end up featured in AgeWise King County, where it may inspire others to launch similar programs. E-mail details and photos to AgeWise King County editor Irene Stewart (irene.stewart@seattle.gov).