Connecting in King City during social distancing
During this stressful coronavirus outbreak, a homebound senior citizen may feel confined, lonely or full of anxiety.
The King City Community Foundation is recognizing this and is reaching out for volunteers to connect via telephone with a senior in the King City Community.
The foundation wants to develop a feeling of community in King City.
"We would like to serve as a conduit between those people who are interested in helping and those feeling isolated or lonely," Jaimie Fender, the foundation's founder and president, said. "We want to really help facilitate combatting feelings of isolation and loneliness."
Noting that King City's older population may not always be communicating with the town's younger residents, Fender said a good old-fashioned telephone "chit-chat" could benefit both age groups.
While the 55-plus age group makes up a majority of King City's population, there is a growing blend of both older and younger residents.
"Our mission is to foster a sense of community in King City," Fender said. "Facilitating friendly, neighborly telephonic or virtual conversation is a way to bridge the communities (older and younger) and squelch feelings of loneliness and isolation. We are happy to help facilitate that."
Noting the King City Community Foundation is concerned with the health, safety and welfare of the King City community, Fender said, "The foundation is really about bringing cohesion between the 55-and-older community and the non-55-and-older community and ensuring the community is healthy, happy and thriving."
Fender added, "We see a great opportunity between those who need help and those wanting to help."
The list of volunteers will be sent to homeowners' associations, residential care facilities and directly to individuals at their request. Volunteer information will be kept private and confidential and will not be posted online.
On the volunteer form, the foundation will make clear that any attempted solicitation, abuse, coercion or improper behavior will be reported to the police and the Department of Justice.
"Any attempt at abuse by anyone would be dealt with in the harshest form," Fender said. "We're very protective of our community."
Speaking of a phone call to a senior, Fender said, "We envisage the same type of conversation you would have with a friendly neighbor over your fence or at a coffee shop."
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