If you have one day a month: Call Compassion in Action, which matches volunteers with elderly people who are dying and have no companions. You'll be asked to sit at a patient's bedside. For details, visit www.thetwilightbrigade.com.
If you have one day a week: Deliver holiday meals to elderly people living alone. Meals on Wheels of America has more than 800 programs around the country. To find one near you, log on to www.projectmeal.org.
For more ideas, log on to www.volunteermatch.org or call the Points of Light Foundation at 1-800-VOLUNTEER. These services will match you with an organization suited to your interests and time limits.
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