Neighbors helping senior neighbors with Lend-A-Hand
Lend-A-Hand Senior Assistance, Inc. was started in January of 2006 to help senior neighbors stay independent in their homes for as long as possible. Working under the umbrella of Pima Council on Aging, the outreach was the dream of representatives of seven neighborhoods from Ward III, the Mountain Avenue Church of Christ, and the Campbell Avenue Business Partnership. It has since expanded to 13 neighborhoods. The Board of Directors is made up of a representative from each neighborhood, church, and organization. Lend-A-Hand coordinates trained volunteers to provide services free of charge to seniors who need transportation, yard work, light maintenance, household help, friendly phone calls, and friendly visits. The 13 neighborhoods served by Lend-A-Hand include: Samos, Mountain/1st, Hedrick Acres, Limberlost, Campus Farm, Winterhaven, La Madera, Jefferson Park, Mountain View, Prince Tucson, Richland Heights East, Richland Heights West, and Campbell/Grant.
In 2008, January through April, seniors were transported 1,048.8 miles and received over 302 hours of services! Here are some stories from the program:
Mary makes a friendly phone call each week to her senior friend who just needs to know that someone will look in on him regularly. They may spend 20 minutes or an hour on the phone, and sometimes visit in person.
In April, 2006, the women from the Amparo community plus some of their staff members personally delivered Easter baskets to 10 elderly neighbors. Their baskets had candy, bunnies, real potted flowers and a homemade Easter card—all their own creation! Some of the senior recipients had never received such a surprise gift and called to express their tearful thanks!
Rudy is a retired railroad conductor who has a huge heart and a love of life, music, and people. He still drives, but needs Lend-A-Hand to help with letter writing, Christmas cards, and conversation and company. He always leaves volunteers saying “down the line…”—railroad talk for “see you later”.
Sue has had serious, life-threatening health issues. She was temporarily relegated to a wheelchair, but loves to create lovely, bejeweled wire sculptures. Lend-A-Hand matched her with a Scrabble player who regularly drops in to visit.
For more information on receiving or providing services, contact Michele Brubaker, Volunteer Coordinator, at 248-6882.
Volunteers from the Amparo Community
share a meal with seniors.
Volunteers help with yardwork at the
Youth Rally Clean-up.
Education and Resources
Housing and Community Development Department
The Department of Housing and Community Development is the City of Tucson Department responsible for administering housing, community development and social services programs.
PRO Neighborhoods is a strong advocate for problem solving and revitalization. We offer both small grants and technical assistance. We assist groups working together to mobilize and build upon existing talents and resources within the community. In addition to helping with the grant application process, PRO Neighborhoods maintains a resource library, organizes workshops, and is available to assist groups with project development.
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona
For more than 80 years, United Way has held a reputation as our community's fundraiser, but United Way doesn't just raise money. Today’s United Way is a focused, results-driven system working year-round to change community conditions and create lasting solutions.
Programs serving seniors in other neighborhoods:
- Blenman Elm Neighbors Care Alliance (BENCA)
- Catalina Helping Hands at Catalina Community Services
- Civano Aging in Community
- Corbett HELP (Helping Elders Live Peacefully)
- Corona Cares
- Eastside Neighbors Volunteer Program (ENVP)
- Friendly Neighbors of El Encanto
- House of Neighborly Service (HNS)
- Interfaith Community Services (ICS)
- Junction Connection (Robles Junction)
- Mobile Meals of Tucson
- Old Fort Lowell Live-At-Home
- Sam Hughes Cares for Seniors
- Sonora Sunshine Group
- Sunflower Neighbors
- Sunrise Neighborhood Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Tucson Estates Neighbors Helping Neighbors (TENHN)
- 29th Street C.A.N. (Community Assistance Network)
- Valley Assistance Services
- Westside HOPE (Helping Our Precious Elders)
Call PCOA at 520.790.0504 to start or find a neighbors' care program in your community.