Just two years ago, Brittny McGraw began her search to find a meaningful, flexible volunteer opportunity. That’s when she saw a flier for United Way’s Open Your Heart to a Senior (OYHS) initiative.
“I thought it would be something I’d be interesting in doing,” she said. “After going through the orientation, I realized there really aren’t very many barriers to this.”
When she started, Brittny helped seniors residing in the North Hills run errands, such as getting to and from the doctor’s office or picking up prescriptions. Soon after, she found a request from a local older woman on OYHS’s online scheduler for a weekly grocery shopper.
That’s how Brittny met Ms. Anna, and the two have been inseparable ever since, creating a strong friendship and a bond. Brittny picks up Ms. Anna once a week, and the two head out to the grocery store, where Ms. Anna gets all of her favorite magazines, and Brittny helps Ms. Anna stay on budget.
“I follow behind her and remove items from her cart that she doesn’t need,” Brittny said with a laugh. “I have learned so much from Ms. Anna, and we are always laughing and having a good time together.”
On weeks Ms. Anna doesn’t need groceries, Brittny still enjoys stopping by to spend a little time with Ms. Anna and make sure she has her weekly magazines and puzzles.
Brittny encourages other community members to get involved. “If you have the time and you’re able to, for two to three hours a week, you can make a big difference for someone,” Brittny said.