China residents want more volunteering opportunities

Submitted by Helen Roy, China for a Lifetime Committee member

China’s China for a Lifetime Committee recently surveyed town residents to learn what they may need and services they want as they age in town. One surprising thing many residents mentioned was the lack of volunteering opportunities in town.

There is an organization based in Augusta that matches up volunteers with elders in the Kennebec Valley that allows for socialization for both. This program is called SEARCH (Seek Elderly Alone, Renew, Courage and Hope). Volunteers can do things that home care workers cannot; things like playing a game of cards, going out for lunch, or simply having a cup of coffee and good conversation around the kitchen table. Also, there are some seniors that need help with grocery shopping or running errands.

SEARCH is always looking for volunteers. There is a waiting list of elders who have signed up, but there are not enough volunteers to meet the need.

Volunteering for SEARCH is a great way to help your community. You’re helping someone who has a lifetime of experiences and knowledge to share and simply needs a little time with another human being.

Consider volunteering for SEARCH. For more information, contact Lynn Kidd at 207-530-0137 or send her an email at


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