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Virtually volunteer with kids/elderly

posted Mar 28, 2020, 3:59 PM by Julia Joseph   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 3:40 PM by Gouri Sadananda ]
Have a talent or passion you could share to brighten someone's day? Love to tutor or work with children?
Wondering how you can make a difference while social distancing?

iConnect Program:

iConnect is run by the Cleveland non-profit organization, Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association, that has virtually connected elderly folks age 55+ to a variety of experiences/opportunities.

In these challenging times, this program has been expanded to reach older adults who are especially alone and vulnerable in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or individual apartments/homes. You are in a powerful position to combat depression and loneliness that much of the elderly population is currently struggling with.

The program is extremely flexible and they are happy to accommodate any "content" you would like to share. See the current schedule for more ideas. You can host one of these, or come up with your own!

Examples include:
  • Share your passion/talent: i.e. play piano/sing/provide music, read a story, conduct an art or craft activity, show off your pet, knit together, cook together, talk about sports!
  • Exercises: "Walk N’ Talk" (Lead a session where you and participants walk in place either sitting down or standing up), perform simple chair exercises, teach yoga
  • Virtual travel: Lead a tour via internet of a museum or a live tour where you are inside or outside at a site, take your attendees with you as you go for a walk.
  • Host sessions that are offered by other organizations that provide the content: You and participants can view and discuss the content. Example: Cleveland MetroParks Virtual Classroom.
  • Host a Trivia Game: prepare questions that individuals age 55+ may relate to or on academic, culture, sports or any other subject (probably not math!)

Mon - Fri  |  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Select times on weekends
Sessions are offered for 30 mins - 1 hour


Mary Kaufmann, iConnect Manager
216-298-4440, ext. 23

P4SS Program:

The non-profit has also partnered with Partners For School Success (P4SS) to offer a program that works with youth who especially need help now that they no longer have a structured school environment. See examples below:

For youth in Grades K to 2, 3 to 5 or 6 to 8:
  • Science: Demonstrate scientific principles using simple materials.
  • Literacy or math: Tutoring on subjects with K-5th graders. **Especially high need to help students read!
  • Music: Teach music, play music, singing with students.
  • Exercise: Lead a session with students while sitting down in your chair.
  • Games: Play an interactive game via the internet with the students or lead trivia.
  • Virtual travel: Lead a tour via internet of a museum or science center or a live tour where you are inside or outside at a site.
Mon - Fri  |  2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sharlene Rose-Olorunyomi, Site Director

Judy Varn, Education Programs Manager

Allison Wallace, Executive director of GCNA

Julia Joseph, MS3, Student Contact

Julia Joseph,
Mar 28, 2020, 4:28 PM