Chula Vista
United States of America

Founded in 2002, SoCAN is a collaborative volunteer group whose mission is to continually improve the quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities. As the pandemic spread, forcing older adults to isolate at home, SoCAN drafted a pilot program to pair student volunteers with seniors who had limited or no access to friends and family. To overcome the restrictions imposed by stay at home orders, and facilitate safe interaction, iPads would be issued to participants so they can communicate with volunteers, friends, and family when in person visitations are not allowed. Volunteers and participants engage in structured, themed activities that match the participants’ interest, including fitness, nutrition, mental health, and dementia friendly activities. Upon successful completion of the six month program, participants keep the iPad. This program is funded by Community Congregational Development Fund (CCDC).