Volunteer Match is a wonderful on-line clearinghouse for volunteer needs. It lists a wealth of different ways you can pitch in to help others close to home. Currently, for example, it has posted a need for "Friendly Visitors" in the area. Check the site periodically for ways to help your fellow San Leandrans by clicking here.
From Volunteer Match -
"For thousands of older adults around Alameda County, it can be a struggle just to leave the house, let alone shop or spend time with friends and family. They often suffer from isolation and depression or even a fear of going out by themselves.
But there is hope. The Friendly Visitors Program sponsored by Bay Area Community Services (BACS) recruits and trains volunteers to visit those in need, providing conversation, companionship and a real connection to the outside world. For just an hour or two per week, our volunteers are improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
If you’d like to help change the life of a homebound older adult in your community, become a volunteer with the Friendly Visitor Program. Not only will you make a connection with someone in need, but you’ll make a friend as well.
For more information, just respond to this posting or contact Scott at (510) 318-6113."
You can read more about Bay Area Community Services here.