6 ways you can support Birmingham’s seniors right now

Local Birmingham programs are offering a number of ways to help out our beloved elders. Photo via Collat Jewish Family Services Facebook Page.

Whether it’s delivering home essentials, sending some love with a heartfelt “kindness postcard”, or simply making a phone call to check-in, there are countless opportunities to assist our local seniors right now. Below are six Birmingham programs and activities with the mission to brighten the lives of senior citizens + how you can get involved.

1. Kindness Postcards

These postcards are an easy and fun way to let older people know they are on our minds–as well as not alone while practicing social distancing. Share some entertaining stories and include a few doodles to surely put a smile on their faces. Click here to learn more and send postcards of your own creation.

2. Become A Pen Pal

The Ombudsman program features individuals that are advocates for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Long-term Care Ombudsman Pen Pals are paired with one or two residents at care facilities to communicate with these seniors through letters, emails, texts, or phone calls. Get involved and help seniors connect to the community + potentially meet your new best friend here.

3. Volunteer Through Collat Family Jewish Services

CFJS helps our local elders stay connected with the community–and how fun does it look! Photo from Collat Jewish Family Services Facebook page.

CFJS is currently recruiting volunteers to assist in two programs that are delivering groceries to the homes of low-income older adults. For more information, those looking to get involved can email lise@cjfsbham.org.

4. Volunteer with Umbrella

Umbrella is a community platform that connects seniors with individuals who are able to deliver essential items such as groceries and medication as well as assist with any handy-work around their homes. To learn more and get in touch click here.

5. Volunteer with Canterbury United Methodist & attend a parade

Encore at CUMC is a volunteer based, community respite program empowering those living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Volunteers may bring their Encore friends hot meals and administer pop-up visits. They are hosting a parade for Encore families at Canterbury United Methodist Church at 10 AM on Monday, June 8th–stop by and cheer them on!

In addition, Canterbury hosts a program, Lawn Ministry, that assists older people in maintaining manicured lawns. For more information, those looking to volunteer may contact Valerie Boyd, Director of SAGE Ministries, at valerie.boyd@canterburyumc.org.

6. Make a donation

The volunteers of Meals on Wheels have delivered thousands of meal boxes to local homebound seniors in recent months. Photo via Matthew Niblett.

There are many wonderful non-profits and organizations working hard to provide our super seniors with the support they need–here are a few programs including links to donate:

What are some other ways you can support the older people of Birmingham? Tag us on social @BhamNow and let us know!