Pope Francis spoke to is audience, “We are all a little fragile, the elderly. Some, however, are particularly weak, many are alone, and affected by illness. Some depend on the indispensable care and attention of others. Will we take a step back for this? Will we abandon them to their fate? A society without closeness, in which gratuitousness and selfless affection - even among strangers — are disappearing, is a perverse society. The Church, faithful to the Word of God, cannot tolerate these degenerations. A Christian community in which closeness and gratuitousness are no longer considered indispensable, would lose its soul with this. Where there is no honor to the elderly, there is no future for the young.” -General audience, St. Peter’s Square, March 4, 2015
St. Jeanne Jugan’s mission on serving our elderly and giving them compassionate care is exactly what Pope Francis and other Popes before him want us to do for our elderly. St. Jeanne Jugan said, ““Be kind, especially with the infirm. Love them well... Oh yes! Be kind. It is a great grace God is giving you. In serving the aged, it is he himself whom you are serving.” “When you will be near the poor, give yourself wholeheartedly.” “Making the elderly happy - that is what counts!”
You, too, can serve the elderly and bring joy to their life no matter what task that you volunteer to help with. Experience what the Pope is calling us to do and serve with a compassionate heart here at our Sacred Heart Residence. Be a part of the family spirit, experience the wisdom and beauty of the elderly through the many volunteer opportunities which we need your help with. No matter if you volunteer regularly (weekly, bi weekly, monthly), service days, or special events, you will start to see why volunteering here is so warm and wonderful. You can see the happiness yourself as you share your time and talents with the Residents.
Our volunteers help with so many different tasks and opportunities. We will first sit with you and help match the right opportunity for you at your volunteer orientation.
There are many volunteer opportunities available at the Little Sisters of the Poor:
No matter what you do during your volunteer service with us, you will bring happiness as you make someone’s day by showing that they are important and have a new friend.
We would like to invite groups from churches, schools, or businesses to sponsor an activity such as bingo or plan with Maria Ann your service day. Your business, group, etc. can also help by collecting items needed to help care for the elderly, participate in your company’s volunteer grant program, or/ and help with our Annual Lawn Party fundraiser that is held every third Sunday in October.
If you are interested in the volunteer opportunities at the Little Sisters of the Poor Home, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Maria Ann Callaghan, firstname.lastname@example.org to get information, an application, a tour of our Home, or to begin the registration process.
We cannot wait to share this life experience with you and our elderly!
"Volunteering at LSP is more than just helping one person out, it’s more like a ripple effect. When you help someone, other people see it and are more likely to help others. The Sacred Heart Residence is a unique atmosphere where Residents and staff are always happy to see you because the impact you have on their lives is immediate. But what you don’t realize at first is the impact they have on your life at the same time."
"I volunteer at the Little Sisters of the Poor because I wanted to use my talents to love and serve the elderly. It is such a rewarding and spiritually uplifting experience to serve here at Sacred Heart Residence. I feel that I have received much more than I have given."