In 2017 the staff and several volunteers met a Canton woman who was experiencing every type of hardship you can imagine. Many people worked for more than a year to help her with the challenges she was facing.
One day, while driving and having a simple conversation with her, a staff member asked her what the one thing was that she really needed. The answer was astonishing…all she wanted was a friend. And that was the beginning of PORCH.
Our mission is to connect people in our communities with neighbors offering kindness, compassion and creating friendships.
Why Do We Need PORCH
- Loneliness and social isolation can be as damaging to a person's health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
- Two in five Americans report that the majority of the time their social relationships are not meaningful.
- One in every five Americans say that they feel lonely or socially isolated.
The "PORCH" initiative aims to combat "an epidemic of loneliness" among seniors through weekly phone calls, home visits and community programs.
In every community there are people with lonely lives, but there are also people of good heart who want to help their neighbors in need.
PORCH has been created to bring people together.
Participation is open to everyone 18 and older, and is a wonderful opportunity to serve your community in a rewarding way.
A simple background check and training are requires for all PORCH volunteers. There is no financial obligation attached in becoming a PORCH volunteer and it is a free service to the community.