Babies Who Volunteer In The News
Babies Who Volunteer Partners with the Ottawa Community Foundation and the CHEO Foundation in support of Baby Days!
Today, many of the seniors in our community are isolated, lonely and in need of companionship and joy.
It began with a short visit to a long-term care home when Jessica Turner was on maternity leave with her then six-month-old daughter.
You’re never too young to volunteer. At least, that’s what I discovered when my three month old Ellie and I participated for our first time in the “Babies Who Volunteer” program.
In Picture Feature Article
Babies Who Volunteer
By Kelly Boudreau
When I was informed about the Babies Who Volunteer group, I knew it would be an amazing program to photograph. Jessica Turner started the group when a friend’s mother was in a long term care home so she decided to bring her beautiful baby girl, Amelia, in for a visit. She knew when she saw the chemistry between the two there was potential for a remarkable program.
Babies Who Volunteer is for moms and/or dads and their babies who would like to offer an hour of their time to make a senior’s day. The program travels to various long term care homes, thus, there is plenty of opportunity for all to sign up for a date, place, and time that best suits. There is now close to 750 members and the program is still growing!
The smiles and laughs I witnessed were incredible. The babies brought so much happiness to the seniors, many who may not have grandchildren or the opportunity to visit with their grandchildren. Moms and Dads, check out Babies Who Volunteer – I guarantee your heart will be full!
You have an incredible program, Jessica. Thanks for letting me photograph it!