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Bingo is more than fun and games for these seniors

Posted at 8:58 AM, Feb 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 08:58:13-05

CLEVELAND — Random Acts of Kindness Week is over, but it's a way of living to carry with us all year.

The folks at Eliza Bryant Village are an example of how volunteering can be a life-saver.

There are so many ways to help make the elderly residents feel cared for.

News 5 caught up with the community engagement officers in Cleveland's third district making a visit.

"A lot of the seniors are forgotten, or their family lives far away. So, that's why we're here," said officer Ryan Lewis. "We come here weekly. Just to check in on them."

Outreach is part of the job for community engagement officers.

"It's what I love to do, helping people," they said.

"They keep things from being dull," said one of the residents as they all played Bingo together.

It is more than fun and games for the residents.

"These kinds of visits are everything to the residents," said Bradley Willmore, Eliza Bryant's administrator."Research has shown when they have that type of companionship it improves their overall quality of life."

"We look forward to it," smiled a resident. I

t is a reminder that feeling appreciated never gets old.

For more information on finding volunteering opportunities that match your schedule and passion, contact the nonprofit, Greater Cleveland Volunteers.