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Older adults are the fastest growing population in the US! Older adults love to meet new people and sit and chat. By visiting with older residents, you can really learn a lot! Go meet an older adult, and make a difference-for both of you!

For more information about these organizations, you can also contact Student Community Service at 217-581-6048 or volunteer@eiu.edu.

Brookstone Estates

Brookstone is an independent living community for senior citizens. Brookstone provides a lively environment for seniors while still allowing the freedom of independent living! Brookstone has many activities for their residents ranging from bingo/game nights to arts and crafts. Interested in becoming part of the excitement? Give them a call! 300 Lincoln Highway Road, Charleston, IL 62440

Volunteers are needed to assist with bingo, game activities, arts and crafts, and other ongoing activities. NOTE: There is a background check required. Please print out this application and return to either SCS office or Brookstone.

Contact Person: Samantha Moreton
Telephone: (217) 348-6500
Email: bech.bom@meridiansenior.com

Manicures

Douglas Rehab and Care Center is a long term resident facility that aids in the rehabilitation and recovery of residents as well as assisting with basic living skills for residents who may not be able to live alone anymore. Douglas Rehab is looking for motivated students who enjoy good conversation as well as creative nail art. Connect and visit with the residents in a variety of ways. 716 18th Street, Charleston, IL 61920.

Volunteers are needed to visit with and paint finger nails for residents. All supplies will be provided.


Contact Person: Jamie Burell
Telephone: (217) 234-6401
Website: http://www.douglasrehab.com/

Charleston Rehab/Prairie View

Charleston Rehab is an assisted living community located in Charleston. Charleston Rehab is committed to giving the best care for people who have worked and lived a long life. In this setting, residents can take advantage of a full range of services and amenities that will make life easy going and carefree. Connect and visit with the residents in a variety of ways. 716 18th St., Charleston, IL 61920.

Volunteers are needed to visit and do a variety of different fun activities with the residents.

Contact Person: Mara Shirar
Telephone: 217-345-7054
Website: http://www.petersenhealthcare.net/

Rehab Care Palm Terrace

Palm Terrace is an assisted living community located in Mattoon. Palm Terrace provides the highest quality of healthcare and compassion to their residents. Palm Terrace has three main populations that they work with: elderly, mental illness, and dementia. This is a great place to go and meet some amazing people. Connect and visit with the residents in a variety of ways. 1000 Palm Ave., Mattoon, IL 61938.

Volunteers are needed to visit and do a variety of different fun activities with the residents. Background check is required.

Contact Person: Elizabeth Wilhelm
Telephone: 217-234-7403
Website: http://www.petersenhealthcare.net/facilities/details.cfm?typeID=1&facilityID=89

Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home

Odd Fellow is an assisted living community located in Mattoon. Odd Fellow is a large facility which offers skilled nursing as well as independent living quarters. In this setting, residents can take advantage of a full range of services and amenities that will make life easy going and carefree. Connect and visit with the residents in a variety of ways. 201 Lafayette Ave. East, Mattoon, IL 61938.

Volunteers are needed to assist with weekend bingo activities.

Contact Person: Chelsea McIntosh
Telephone: 217-235-5449
Website: http://www.heritageofcare.com/mattoon/

Douglas Rehab and Care Center

Douglas Rehab is an assisted living community located in Mattoon. Douglas Rehab works with individuals with a variety of skilled medical needs such as respiratory illness, traumatic brain injuries, stroke recovery, etc. Douglas Rehab continues to be a leader in nursing and rehabilitation care. Connect and visit with the residents in a variety of ways. 3516 West Powell Lane, Mattoon, IL 61938.

Volunteers are needed to visit and do a variety of different fun activities with the residents.

Contact Person: Jamie Burell
Telephone: 217-234-6401
Website: http://www.douglasrehab.com/

Hilltop Convalescent Center

Hilltop is an assisted living community located in Charleston. Hilltop believes that all individuals are entitled to dignity regardless of disability or disease. Residents in this facility are composed of senior citizens, developmentally disabled individuals, and individuals recovering from injury or surgery. Connect and visit with the residents in a variety of ways. 910 West Polk Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920.

Volunteers are needed to visit residents as well as assist with daily group activities.

Contact Person: HeidiDoherty
Telephone: 217-345-7066
Website: http://www.hilltopnursinghomeonline.com/index.html

Nursing Home Visits-Newman Center

Nursing Home Visits is a volunteer opportunity coordinated through the Student Volunteer Center at Newman Catholic Center. Come take a moment to bring joy to the elderly by visiting them in some of the local nursing homes around the area.

Volunteers are needed to participate in this program to visit with residents. Visits for Spring 2012 will take place at 2:00pm on Wednesdays and 3:00pm on Fridays.

Contact Person: Doris Nordin
Telephone: 217-348-0188
Website: http://www.eiunewman.org/

Peace Meal Senior Nutrition Program

Peace Meal Senior Nutrition Program’s mission is to provide quality meals for healthier lives. We help seniors improve their nutrition, sustain their independence and enhance the quality of their life by providing meals, fellowship and connections to other needed services. Almost every phase of the program can use volunteers, and the program’s success depends largely on the support of participants and others in the community.

Volunteers are a vital part of all aspects of the program from setting tables, to serving food, doing dishes and delivering meals.

Contact Person: Barbra Brown
Telephone: 217-581-3612
Website: http://castle.eiu.edu/pmsneiu/

Heritage Woods

Heritage Woods is an independent living community for active, retired seniors in the Charleston area. The center provides a wonderful option for older adults to maintain their independence. Heritage Woods, located on Polk Avenue, recently opened their doors in November 2011. Their beautiful facility currently houses 31 residents. Heritage Woods provides a fun and engaging atmosphere appropriate for the older adult. 480 West Polk Ave, Charleston, IL.

Volunteers are needed to help run activities including bingo, exercises, movie nights, art classes, etc. Volunteers are also needed for general office support tasks (answering phones, making copies, etc). Heritage Woods is looking for volunteers who are interested in event planning, leadership opportunities, and marketing interests.

Contact Person: Joyce Baker
Telephone: 217-345-4900
Email: resident.services@hw-charleston-slf.com
Website: http://bma-mgmt.com/heritagewoodscharleston/

Eberhardt Senior Community

Eberhardt Senior Community is a not-for-profit retirement community located in Arthur. Eberhardt provides care for seniors with varying levels of health care needs. Eberhardt currently houses 52 residents at The Arthur Home and 23 residents at Eberhardt Village Assisted Living. This is a great way to meet new people with a rich and fun history. 423 Eberhardt Dr. Arthur, IL 61911

Volunteers are needed to participate in a variety of activities including: event planning, fundraising, office support, and special project help (such as cooking, music, and technology classes). Eberhardt is also looking for volunteers with graphic design, website, and marketing experience.

Contact Person: Marianna Taylor
Telephone: 217-369-8442
Email: mtaylor@arthurhome.com
Website: http://www.eberhardtvillage.org/