Hearts and Hands - Faith in Action is a volunteer not-for-profit organization providing free escorted transportation and basic home chore help for the elderly and/or disabled individuals living in rural and suburban communities in Erie and Niagara Counties. Service recipients are often people who stopped driving due to age-related medical conditions or financial reasons. Care recipients may also need some assistance at home with light housekeeping, yardwork, or a few hours of respite to renew and refresh their caregivers.
Perhaps the single most pressing need of many care recipients is one of friendly human interaction. According to AARP, socially isolated people have higher risks for cardiovascular disease, infections, hypertension, and premature cognitive decline. Having social connections reduces the risk of early death by 50 percent. Social isolation is as bad for one's health as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. Our elderly neighbors are often lonely and isolated. Hearts and Hands' volunteers may be the only people our care receivers see during a week and their presence and conversation is, in and of itself, a bright spot in their life.
Hearts and Hands is a best efforts program. Services are provided by volunteers who give of their time as they have it available. Services are provided at no cost to the care receiver.
Volunteers can provide the following services:
- Door through door, escorted, transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and other errands
- Coffee and Conversation
- Caregiver Canines
- Respite Services and Friendly Visits
- In home supports including help with laundry, meal preparation, bill paying and more
- Assistance with yard work
- Shopping with and for a care receiver
- Minor Household Repairs
- Phone Pals
- Sunshine Services