WFIA provides assistance with everyday tasks of life to seniors 60 and older, and chronically ill and disabled adults living in Williamsburg, James City County and the Bruton District of York County (Greater Williamsburg Area). Services include, but are not limited to: transportation, respite care, visiting, well-check calls, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, and yard work.

2Volunteers provide transportation to doctor or dental appointments, grocery shopping, beauty salon or barber shop, library, post office, church, and errands. In many areas of Greater Williamsburg, public transportation is not consistently available. Even where it is available, it often is too difficult for elders to withstand or maneuver. Without transportation, older adults lose their independence and are denied access to basic living services such as getting to medical appointments, buying groceries, or accessing social services.
1Caregiver Support volunteers offer quality companionship so that the primary caregiver can enjoy a few hours off to attend to their needs.  Caregivers often dedicate all of their energy to meeting the needs of a loved one while postponing their own needs which can jeopardize their own physical health and emotional well-being.

Please note that caregiver support volunteers do not provide any hands-on personal care, which includes medicating, toileting, or bathing.

3Loneliness is sadly something a lot of seniors’ experience. When family doesn’t live nearby and their social network is gone, the days can be long and lonely. We strive to bring hope to those that may feel alone through our friendly visitor and reassurance phone call programs.  WFIA matches a volunteer and care receiver who have similar interests, and the pair visits with one another, either in person, or by phone on a weekly basis. People who might never have met otherwise are able to find common bonds and enrich each other’s’ lives.
Well-Check-CallsThe program is intended for seniors who may live alone, have little or no contact with others on a daily basis, or may have a medical condition that makes them vulnerable. Calls are made Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon. If the call recipient does not answer the phone, volunteers are trained to take necessary steps, which may include contacting a list of emergency contacts or dispatching emergency personnel.
4Food insecurity is a concern for many seniors and disabled adults. Imagine not being able to drive to the grocery store or being unable to walk through the aisles because of mobility problems? Our volunteers will drive care receivers to the grocery store and assist with shopping if needed, or the volunteer will pick up their grocery list and money and shop for the care receiver. Volunteers will also assist care receivers with bringing groceries in, and putting them away if needed.

As people age, general housekeeping chores can become very difficult to complete, especially for those with debilitating health conditions and physical disabilites. Volunteers provide assistance with light housekeeping duties, such as vacuuming, dusting, washing dishes, or changing linens for care receivers who are unable to complete these tasks on their own due to debilitating health conditions or physical disability.
Volunteers provide seasonal help with yard work, such as raking leaves, trimming shrubbery, and planting flowers. These services do not require the skills of a professional.
Many seniors are not aware of available resources in our community. Others are hesitant to use them due to cost, pride, and/or fear of losing independence. All new care receivers are required to sit down with one of our trained volunteer resource visitors, who will assess each care receiver’s individual needs and identify and navigate the services available to help them to age in place.

Additionally, we also partner with other community-based organizations that have existing, ongoing relationships with their own senior constituents. Faith In Action trains volunteers from those organizations to become volunteer Resource Visitors. These Resource Visitors will help seniors and care givers who are members of their organizations identify resources in the community that they may benefit from.

5Interaction with dogs can have many positive mental and physical health benefits, including giving and receiving affection and attention, reducing loneliness and isolation and increasing social interaction. As people age, however, their ability to keep and care for an animal in their home can decrease. Visiting Canines brings to older adults and those suffering with dementia the joy and companionship only a dog can bring.