Baton Rouge, La. – Not everyone who lives in a retirement community gets visitors, and the Southern University Ag Center has teamed up with the St. Helena Parish Nursing Home & Kentwood Manor to help bridge that gap. "Adopt-a-GP,” which is a short acronym for Grand Parent, is a community service project used to pair a teenager in the community, with one elderly person. Teens will visit and spend time with them during the holiday season playing games, dancing, creating crafts, and hanging holiday décor.
"I’m very excited about the partnership," said Nicolette Gordon, SU Ag Center’s, Assistant Area Agent. “Grand-parents are the fabric of wisdom, and this type of volunteer opportunity can definitely be more rewarding primarily because of its mutual benefits.”
Students participating in the Jag Leader, and O.M.G. Club organizations in Tangipahoa & St. Helena Parishes will attend a brief training on November 11th & 12th during their regular club meetings time to discuss, “Working with the Elderly.”
For more information on how you can partner to enhance our Adopt-a-GP! Community Service Project, contact Nicolette Gordon in the Tangipahoa Parish Extension Office 985.748.9381, or St. Helena Parish Extension Office 225.222.4136.
(Article written by Nicolette Gordon, Assistant Area Agent at the SU Ag Center.)