If You Would Like To Volunteer

Volunteering with LITA involves us getting to know you and then matching your interests with older adult residents.  Select the program you are interested in:

One-To-One Friends

One-to-One Friends is the heart of LITA's face of friendship for older adults.  We screen and match volunteers with residents of long-term care facilities for weekly visits. Over 60% of the elderly living in facilities receive very few visitors.  LITA volunteers bring friendship, laughter, and something to look forward to for otherwise isolated elderly people. 

Pet Connection

When people move into a long-term care facility, they often leave a beloved pet behind.  This is a devastating separation from their companion.  With The Pet Connection, volunteers bring their pets as part of their weekly visits.  Pet therapy visits help pet lovers make connections with people who have not been responsive to other types of interactions.  LITA accepts well behaved pets with basic obedience and commands mastered.  The Canine Good Citizen Test is the guideline to behaviors needed to be a successful Pet Connection friend.                                    

Contact Tanya Mendoza (415) 472-5482 or volunteer@litamarin.org  to schedule an interview with you and your pet. Please be sure to bring current immunizations.  Feel free to download the forms in the link below and fill in the information prior to the meeting. Reviewing the "Canine Good Citizen Test" will help you with behaviors needed for a successful Pet Connection.

Pet Connection Forms

LITA Families

LITA Families match families with residents of facilities for weekly visits.  Some visit several people at smaller facilities while others are matched with one individual for long-term friendship and support.  Be it a mother and child, a young couple or in some cases, the whole family, including their pet, it reminds us all that we must extend beyond the bounds of our biological families and include the elderly as part of our extended families.

Bridging Generations

Bridging Generations is a program where second through sixth grade classes are matched with facilities for monthly visits during the school year.  The students and elders participate together in activities such as arts and crafts, life histories, and other projects related to the school's curriculum.  During the year, youth and elders develop friendships, providing a very gratifying experience for all involved.  For more information, email intergenerations@litamarin.org.