Volunteer Sign-Up for OAA Monthly Senior Gatherings
The Okinawa Association of America (OAA) in Gardena is happy to announce a new monthly program for seniors (age 65 and over) set to begin in March. Generously sponsored by Keiro, the OAA’s first Seniors “Surii-Jurii” Gatherings will be scheduled for every third (English speakers) and fourth (Japanese speakers) Saturday of the month.

Social isolation and loneliness are commonly experienced by older adults including retirees, widowed spouses, empty nesters, and immigrants. The goal of these bilingual luncheons is to provide a safe and consistent gathering place, opportunities to socialize with friends and meet new people, ways to keep the mind active and engaged through presentations and social activities, and a sense of community.

We are in need of dedicated volunteers who can help us provide a safe and vibrant space for the senior participants. Service hours are available for students.

• Preparing the room: sweeping, checking restrooms; setting up tables and chairs (10 a.m.)
• Setting up tables and chairs (10 a.m.)
• Putting up directional signage, picking up bento lunches (10:30 a.m.)
• Welcoming and assisting guests, setting up and labeling food on the lunch table (11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
• Operating audio/visual (during the event)
• Interacting with and assisting guests (during the event)
• Taking pictures (during the event)
• Facilitating the distribution and collection of surveys (during the event)
• Cleaning up tables and chairs, sweeping, restrooms, taking out trash (2 - 3 p.m.)

Yutashiku unigee sabira. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.
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Volunteers have the option to purchase the same bento lunch box that is to be served to the seniors (price varies month to month). Orders are required 1 week prior to the event. A light lunch (e.g., sandwiches) will be provided for volunteers who do not order a bento lunch box. *
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