How It Works
We are taking a three-pronged approach to combating loneliness during the talk-a-thon campaign.
1. Talking to Seniors
We all need to get out onto the front-lines of this problem. Reach out to seniors who you think could benefit from a phone call or video chat. If you don’t know any seniors, then reach out to organizations in your community who might want to help, such as religious groups, local senior centers, senior day care centers, or nursing homes. Talk to the seniors, tell them about your life, and ask them about theirs. Need some ideas about what to talk about? Check out our Instagram page for things to talk about. After you’ve spoken to the senior, come to our website, where you can track your time. Each day, we’ll be raffling off donated gift cards to those who have registered to participate and spoken to a senior that day.
All registered participants will eligible for the gift card drawing each day that they complete all of the following:
- Speak with a senior citizen
- Log the time on our website
- Create a Facebook post or Instagram story (2 entries if you post on both platforms) and tag Conversations to Remember. Tell your story about participating in our Talk-a-thon, who you spoke with, and encouraging others to donate and join our movement. Some suggested text you can include:
- I am participating in an intergenerational communication campaign with Conversations To Remember to help combat feelings of isolation and loneliness among senior citizens. I just spoke with (insert first name and any other information that you wish about the senior you spoke with). Please join me in this effort, and donate to this great charity so that they can help even more senior citizens across the USA.
2. Raising Funds
Conversations to Remember combats senior loneliness 365 days a year by arranging for virtual video visits between senior citizens and students in high school and college. Each week, our student volunteers build on their relationships with their seniors, helping the seniors to feel cared about, like they’re a part of a community, and bringing them happiness. Your generous donations will allow us to continue delivering joy by helping us provide the technology required for these visits, plus expanding our outreach to more and more communities.
3. Raising Awareness
Spread the word about what you’re doing and what we’re doing. Reach out to your friends on social media, and let them know that you’ve spoken to a senior today. Tell them that you’re raising funds for Conversations to Remember, and ask them to join your team and raise funds too. Not sure what to say? We’ll be releasing templates for posts that you can use.