The Town of Lisbon is truly a wonderful place to live. But for many of our senior citizens the winter season can be long and lonely, with little direct contact with others.So, we can’t think of a better time than now to place new emphasis on an old program.
Starting on January 2nd the Citizens Outreach for Elders Program will begin to make daily telephone calls to area senior citizens who would like to have regular contact with someone.This program will be based out of the Lisbon Police Department and will work like this:
Each day a community volunteer will come into the Lisbon Police Department and make phone calls to any elder who would like to be on our participant list.
The volunteer will have brief conversations, checking on the wellness of the program participant, and then move on to calling on other local citizens that are signed up for the program.
If the participant does not answer, the volunteer will try again a short time later. If contact cannot be made then we will reach out to one of the participant’s listed contacts (neighbor, friend, family member). If all else fails we will send a police officer by to make a quick check on the program participant’s welfare.
Depending on the number of persons who take part in the program, the volunteer could spend anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour of their day talking to our community elders before the list is complete.
This is a simple (free) program that can positively affect the lives of many persons in our community. With that being said, we are looking for volunteers to offer just a few minutes of their time on a weekly basis to come in and make these phone calls.If we are able to attract at least 7 volunteers, then each person would only be asked to come in to the police station one day per week, and donate less than an hour of their time.** It should be noted that we are also looking for community members who may wish to be contacted as well. **
How do I help?:The police department is seeking not only those wishing to make a difference in our community, but also anyone who may know of an elder friend or loved one who would appreciate a daily call.Any interested volunteer or participant can either check the Town of Lisbon’s website, or the Lisbon Police Department’s website, to find our “Volunteer Application” or “Participant Information” form, which can be filled out and returned to the Lisbon Police Department at 300 Lisbon Street.You can also stop in at the Lisbon Dispatch window, or call in, and ask for Chief Hagan and we will be sure to get a form out to anyone who is interested.