Community Stories

Impact two seniors, one now and one in the future

September 16, 2022

How can you bring a smile to a lonely senior AND bless someone else with a critical need in the future?

You can give $4 a month to the 4.1.1. Initiative during our special campaign

For a limited time, Selective Senior Gifts will donate a special C.A.R.E. Package on behalf of anyone who joins the initiative. 

Your gift makes two separate impacts. First, a Heart2Heart volunteer will deliver a basket of goodies to a senior who needs to remember how special he or she is. 

Second, your gift empowers Heart2Heart to meet future needs in the community, one senior at a time.

Since the launch of the 4.1.1. Initiative in March 2021, we’ve purchased dozens of needed items. Each item, big or small, made a huge difference in the life of a senior.

4.1.1. funds powered a scooter for a senior who couldn’t afford a new battery — keeping her mobile. 

They helped us buy a Life Alert badge and an annual subscription for a man after a health scare — giving him peace of mind.

Heart2Heart bought a new pair of shoes for one man living in a care center behind a language barrier — helping him feel seen.

When we give socks, sanitary items, food or groceries, it’s not just about meeting a need. It’s about reminding a senior that they are part of a community that cares. 

We invite YOU to be a part of that community! 

Maybe you can’t give a lot of your time as a Heart2Heart volunteer. Maybe you don’t have a lot of money to spare each month. 

Your simple gift of $4 a month makes a difference! With every new member of the initiative, the number of people who proactively care for seniors in South Florida grows.

With your gift, you create a community for seniors who otherwise feel alone.

We need at least 25 more people to join the movement. Well, only 24 — after you join!  

Give now, and make an impact, both now and in the future.

Join the Team!

Becoming a Heart2Heart volunteer means that you are dedicated to serving the aging community. It means you want to connect in a meaningful way to a specific individual or to several people. It means you are committed to a consistent amount of time per month – whether that’s several hours a week or just a few hours per month.

Heart2Heart volunteers must be background checked and trained. Our training can be completed from your home on your computer or device, through the online Volunteer Portal. We run fingerprints in our office in Fort Lauderdale, and you can schedule an appointment with us after you finish the training.

The first step is to create an account on our Volunteer Portal. To get started, click here!

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The First Birthday Celebration in Years

The First Birthday Celebration in Years

For nursing student Katrell Johnson, picking up cupcakes and balloons for a resident at Sun Village Homes for her 86th birthday felt like a natural gesture.

For Julia, the ensuing festivities became the first birthday she had celebrated in years.

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Volunteer and her Quilting Group Sew Quilts for Seniors

Volunteer and her Quilting Group Sew Quilts for Seniors

Helping seniors feel love with quilts

Judie Nance and her quilting group have donated more than 150 quilts to seniors in care centers around South Florida. They’ve made smaller quilts that fit on top of wheelchairs and quilts with zippers, buttons, and little animals for seniors in memory care.

“Oh, we’ve had tears and so much gratitude,” Judie said. “It makes you feel good that you could brighten someone’s day, give them something to smile about and to live another day.”

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Wheelchair Wash Connects Hearts and Boosts Confidence

Wheelchair Wash Connects Hearts and Boosts Confidence

Sometimes, the key to happiness is shiny wheels and simple conversation.

Members of Parkridge Church teamed up with Heart2Heart to host a wheelchair and walker wash at Park Summit Senior Living in Coral Springs.

They set up something like a car wash in a sliver of sunshine. They tied ribbons on the newly cleaned wheelchairs, and the seniors bragged about the free service for the rest of the day.

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Student Volunteers and Seniors Connect at Sun Village Homes

Student Volunteers and Seniors Connect at Sun Village Homes

Nursing student Maria Namendy shares he experiences volunteering at Sun Village Homes in Hialeah.

She’s learned the power of giving seniors a voice — just by listening to their stories.

She’s just one example of how West Coast University students are making a difference.

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