Yarmouth prides itself on having many generous and hardworking volunteers that contribute so much to our community. To help us develop additional volunteer positions, YCAN has entered into a collaboration with SMAA (Southern Maine Agency on Aging) to bring the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) to Yarmouth. This project is launching a couple of new programs that will add much to what we are already doing to make Yarmouth a more age friendly community.
The Friendly Visitor Program will have a volunteer visit an elderly resident in his or her home on a regular basis, providing companionship and friendship. No medical, personal care or housekeeping tasks involved.
The Phone Pal Program will have a volunteer provide homebound elders with companionship by regularly calling on the phone in an effort to decrease feelings of isolation and loneliness.
The Handy Helper Program will have volunteers assist people with light household maintenance duties, i.e.: replacing light bulbs, raking leaves, cleaning garage, light painting, organizing, gardening. No jobs requiring licensure (i.e. plumber, electrician).
We are looking for volunteers for these three programs! If you would like to learn more or sign up to help members in your community, please contact Maureen Brosnan (Yarmouth Community Resource Specialist) at 207-835-9866 or MBrosnan@yarmouth.me.us
Yarmouth’s Aging in Place is offering a free workshop covering many aspects of aging:
– What memory, physical health, and mental health changes might happen?
– When should I worry?
– What can I do to manage these changes?
The workshop will take place on Saturday, April 6th at the First Parish Church of Yarmouth from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm (doors open at 9 am).
Join your friends and neighbors for this important conversation and learn about available resources! Participation is free and LUNCH will be served.
Please click here to see the flyer for this event.
The school community and YCAN are streamlining the way we meet the needs of individuals in our schools by establishing a Facebook group, Yarmouth Emergency Team (YET).
The closed Facebook group will address the needs of specific anonymous Yarmouth students (for example, a gently-used pair of boots or a calculator) as requested by the school liaison, and will streamline how we meet emergency needs while providing an opportunity for the larger community to become involved in helping neighbors in need.
Please click here for more information, including a link to the Facebook page. And thank you for helping our community!
Please click here to see the flyer for this program. It will take place on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Yarmouth Performing Arts Center at Yarmouth High School.
Coffee will be available starting at 9:30, and the program will begin at 10:00. Lunch will follow in the Yarmouth High School cafeteria at 11:30.
CALLING ALL DOG LOVERS…
YCAN is in search of a driver willing to take a Yarmouth woman to visit the Service Dog Project in Ipswich, MA and bring her home. The rider has significant mobility issues due to Parkinsons, and if she qualifies for a service dog (the reason for the trip), it could change her life.
If you love dogs – especially Great Danes – your time at the Project will be full of joy and enrichment. And you’d be doing something remarkable for a neighbor.
The Service Dog Project Open House takes place every Sunday from 12 – 4:00, so there is flexibility in arranging this ride. This is a large ask, and we understand that. If you find yourself open to this idea, please contact Leslie Hyde at the YCAN phone 207.838.2261 for further details.
Please click here to view the flyer for the next free Senior Luncheon, coming up on Wednesday February 13th at the Sacred Heart Church Hall. The presentation, about a large art theft in Portland, will start at 11:30 am with the luncheon to follow at noon.