Caring Cards for Isolated Older Adults – JF&CS of Greater Boston


    • Listing Type: Volunteer Opportunities
    • Category: Aging with Dignity
    • Volunteer Type: Individual, Other
    • Minimum Age: 12
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    Write a warm or cheerful message on the inside of a handmade Card. Sign your first name. Provide corresponding envelopes, but don’t put the cards in or seal them. Put a small note inside big envelope with your name, address and email. Send cards to Ava Harder, JF&CS, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451

    Sending a handmade card is a very important way to connect with anyone and particularly with home-bound older adults. In the past, this generation primarily communicated through handwritten notes and letters, so your personally-written note will be particularly meaningful.

    Create your own hand-made cards.

    1. Write a warm or cheerful message on the inside of the card. Sign your first name (if the card-maker is a child, they can write their age in parenthesis). If you are writing on behalf of a school or organization, you can write that too.
    2. When you send us your cards, it is important that you tell us your name, address and email address.
    3. Under your name or on the back, please write, “Made for you by XX, a JF&CS volunteer.”
    4. Please leave the cards out of their individual envelopes. We need to read every card and it will make the process so much quicker.
    5. Please don’t refer to a season/date/holiday. If you don’t refer to the flowers coming up in spring it gives me the flexibility to send your card at any time. We’ll be doing this project for a while.
    6. If you are able, please do not write in script. Many of our cards are going to people for whom English is a second language and are not able to read script.

    NOTE: If you are proficient in Russian, we would love to receive cards written in Russian as we have many Russian-speaking clients.

    Mail your cards in a large envelope or box to:

    Ava Harder

    Manager, Volunteer Services


    1430 Main Street

    Waltham, MA 02451

    For in-person drop off, check out our website!

    Please remember – Leave the cards out of and next to their matching envelopes.

    Here are some wording suggestions for the inside of the cards:

    • Things are hard in the world now, but you’re making it. I keep you in my heart and thoughts.
    • A bunch of smiles and a little note to tell you that I am thinking of you.
    • I hope you are surrounded with peace and good health.
    • I wanted you to know that you are in my heart, hoping that your day is full of peaceful moments.
    • Wishing you smiles and lots of sweet thoughts.
    • Wishing you warm thoughts as we stay safe and healthy in our homes.
    • Sending you caring thoughts and warm wishes your way.
    • Thinking of you and saying hi from a safe distance. I hope you are hanging in there!

    Or please, feel free to write your own cheerful or warm message!

    Our clients are experiencing this isolation in a very different way than many others, and receiving cards is such a wonderful lifeline for them! Please let me know if you have any questions about the card-making project.

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