Volunteer Venture

by Anna Sexton, Medicaid Case Manager
Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc.

January 2014 – From the time of its inception in 1982, Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers (CADC) has been a place for seniors, typically 60 years and older, to socialize, remain active, and maintain068 and/or improve their quality of life.  CADC offers a comprehensive program designed to fit the needs of each individual client, which includes a variety of daily activities aimed at helping seniors stimulate their minds, utilize their talents, and continue to be productive members of their communities.

At the core of CADC’s mission is to enhance the overall late-life experience of the seniors who participate in the program.  For years, CADC seniors have engaged in community recreation.  CADC is now proud to announce the beginning of a new venture, which will expand seniors’ community involvement and offer them an opportunity to give back to the communities that they love so dearly.

Our new volunteer program, Community Crusaders, is based upon the notion that seniors are an integral part of every community.  In an  effort to help our seniors maintain their independence and quality of life, this new program will further enable seniors to spend their later years living with dignity and pride.  The program will be open to all enrolled seniors and completely voluntary.  It will include monthly on-site projects such as crafts made to donate to senior centers, schools, day cares, or military personnel.  The program will also consist of at least one event in which a group of seniors will venture into the community to volunteer their time and skills at a local organization, school, day care, or other community based site.

Seniors will volunteer during regularly scheduled program hours and be able to individually choose what projects and community volunteer events they wish to participate on a month-to-month basis. All seniors will have the opportunity to join in the program and monthly projects and events will vary based upon client requests and/or suggestions.  Staff at CADC will provide assistance as needed with community projects.

Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers is a not-for-profit, United Way program providing socialization to adults who are 60 years and older in a safe and stimulating day program setting.  CADC provides seniors with individual program plans, on-site and continuous case management, nutritious meals, and intergenerational interactions.  CADC welcomes all seniors, and strives to offer a variety of funding options for  individuals with financial needs, Veterans, and individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness.

Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers has four sites throughout Chautauqua County, which are located in Westfield, Jamestown, and Dunkirk.  The recently reopened Jamestown site, the Present Center, is a program specifically designed to serve seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease.  For information, call Karen Lucks, Associate Director, at (716) 665-4899.

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