Happy August! We're so happy to start off our 5th month by announcing that we have held over 1000 virtual visits between our youth volunteers and seniors across the country. This week, we introduced our new volunteers, Fay-Ling, Ethan, Tondum and Nick! We're always excited to expand the LHA family. Many of you have been wondering what'll happen to LHA once school starts. Our goal is to continue to grow and expand LHA for as long as we can. We will adapt to new circumstances, continue to work with new facilities and welcome new volunteers. Please consider following us on social media (twitter, instagram, facebook, linkedin) and donating via our gofundme, blick wishlist or amazon wishlist! And, don't forget to check our our merch at zazzle.com/lhamerch! Don't forget to sign up for our monthly newsletter at the bottom of the home page. In our July newsletter, we updated subscribers on where we've donated, who we've helped and things that you can do to help out. Shout out to Carissa, our volunteer of the month for logging the hours of meetings during July! Carissa loves exploring the visual arts, including painting, drawing, embroidering, knitting, and basically anything she can create with her hands! She also plays volleyball, and has a huge heart for dogs. She is passionate about making others feel heard and loved.
Hi there! It's almost the end of July- what?? LHA is still continuing to grow and expand in many different ways. For one, we have started offering quick intro lessons to some different languages, including ASL, Spanish, French, Latin, Mandarin, German, Italian, Tagalog and Tamil! And, we welcomed Gigi, Nena, Heather and Desiree to our team! We are starting to send out newsletters at the end of each month via email! If you'd like to start receiving those, please enter your email on the section at the bottom of our home page. As always, don't forget to follow us on our social media pages and please spread the word about us if you can!
Hey there! We are so excited to have introduced our new volunteers, Rose, Joshua, Alena, Amy, Ivy, Maria, Staja, Susanna and Julian to our team! They have already been set up for several one-on-one and group activities this week. We have started working with some seniors outside of care facilities as well! If you know a senior isolated at home who could benefit from our program, please reach out to us via email. And, we are introducing a new activity- virtual cooking lessons! We would love to learn some new recipes and teach others about our favorite recipes! Additionally, we have continued to donate technology and art supplies to various care facilities, and are always appreciative of more donations. Have a great week and don't forget to follow us on social media if you haven't already!
Hi everyone!! This week was our THREE MONTH MARK!! Can you believe it? It feels like the first week of April was just last week. We were so happy to have welcomed Michelle, Sophia and Sareena to our LHA family! They are excited to host their meetings with residents. This week, we have started branching out to even more facilities, so stay tuned to the bottom of the home page of our website to check out more of the facilities we work with! Additionally, we started selling merchandise!! Visit zazzle.com/lhamerch to check out our collection! A portion of the sales go to us, so we can donate more supplies to different care facilities. And, we finally have our LinkedIn page up and running! If you have LinkedIn, please check out our page and consider following us! Have a great week!
It's July now! Crazy right? It seems like it was just yesterday when we started Lifting Hearts with the Arts. This week, we continued to host our one-on-one and group activities. Shout out to the residents at Brookdale Urbana for answering every single question correctly in our jeopardy game!! They are seriously geniuses. Additionally, we have partnered with an organization called Wordy What!! Created by LHA's treasurer, Riya, Wordy What aims to spread a love of words and language to children and adults of all ages. Riya has just published a puzzle book called Detective Wordy with 50 unique word puzzle games unique to Chicago! The link to purchase Detective Wordy books is on the Donate page of our website. We are working with Wordy What to donate several copies of Detective Wordy to the facilities we work with. Check out our newly updated Press Page on our website! We update it regularly. Please remember to spread the word about our organization and to follow us on our social media (instagram, twitter and facebook)!!
Can you believe it's almost the end of June?! Time flies when you're volunteering for LHA. This week, we are happy to have introduced Toks, Seema, Liana and Kristen to our team! They are excited to meet residents who have just signed up. Additionally, this past week marked the first time we were able to meet some residents in person! We have met with them for over 2 months virtually and it was an incredible experience to meet them in person. As social distancing restrictions wane, we can't wait to meet more of the residents in person!! We were able to donate an iPad as well as several art supplies! Stay tuned to our social media pages to see some more photos.
Good afternoon! Week 9 encompassed several smiles, lots of laughter and cheerful conversations. Riya, our website editor is continuing to update several areas of the website. Check out our Press and About Us pages to see the new designs! The new counter on the home page of our website displays how many living facilities we work with, as well as how many sessions we have held. We just updated it today, so be sure to take a look! Shoutout to our volunteers Ivy and Caroline for being recognized by some Activities directors for hosting amazing sessions with residents! We were recently featured in CBS Chicago, Authority Magazine and Chicago Tonight on WTTW! Links to the articles and segment are on our press page. Please help spread the word about our organization to other students who may be interested in signing up to be a volunteer!
Hello everyone! This week was our 2 month mark! We began working with some new senior living facilities and look forward to meeting the residents! We have continued building friendships with our current residents, some of which we’ve been meeting regularly for almost 6 weeks! Our volunteers hosted 6 virtual bingo sessions this week and several other game sessions! One of our volunteers, Mia, started hosting virtual painting lessons as well. We just donated art supplies and devices to three different facilities and are preparing to send even more packages in the coming weeks. Congressman Quigley from Illinois's 5th congressional district joined our team meeting this past Friday! His words of advice were very helpful and we are thankful to have met such a wonderful leader. Please remember to help spread the word about our organization and stay tuned to our social media pages for more posts! You can follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Hi everyone! Week 7 has flown by! We continued to meet with all the residents in our one-on-one meetings, and hosted 4 mini concerts! Our volunteers sang, played the piano, the flute and the drums. We also hosted 3 trivia game sessions and 2 bingo sessions! Our newest volunteers are Rachael, Natalie and Carissa, and they look forward to meeting our new residents. We have received six donations of electronic devices and art supplies! Thank you to all of our wonderful donors, and stay tuned to our social media pages for photos and posts about these donations! Have a great week and stay safe!
Hello everyone! Week 6 marked a large growth spurt for LHA! A total of 65 residents have been paired with us for one-on-one online sessions, and around 73 other residents participated in our virtual group activities! Shoutout to the residents of Springfield Supportive Living for guessing every song correctly in our Name that Tune game! Additionally, we have welcomed Tova, Ivy, Grace, Caroline, Hanna, Joan, Lydia, Sophie and Hannah to our volunteer team. They look forward to meeting new residents in the coming weeks! We have been featured on Chicago Public Schools' blog, and in the Chicago Parent. Lastly, thank you to everyone who has supported our cause through donations and spreading the word! We appreciate all of your kindness and generosity. Stay safe everyone!