United Way to Host Second Virtual “Give 5” Class

The United Way of the Ozarks announced Tuesday they will be hosting a second virtual round of their “Give 5” program.

The program, which is aimed at showing retirees volunteer opportunities throughout the community and to combat social isolation, moved to a virtual format last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There is a need for social connection now more than ever as the pandemic has forced us to avoid gathering in person and connecting in the ways we normally connect,” Greg Burris, United Way of the Ozarks CEO, said in a statement. “The struggle to balance literal survival with all the things that make surviving worthwhile has never been so clear, with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many to sacrifice social connections – and therefore quality of life. For the 28 percent of Americans who live alone, this has meant little to no human contact for months.”

The virtual Give 5 program is a four-day program that lasts for about 2.5 hours per session. Interested community members who do not have computer access will be able to find accommodations through the program.

The Give 5 program is presented by UnitedHealthcare and locally funded by the Greene County Senior Citizens’ Services Fund along with local sponsors. The program has shown such positive results in Springfield, that Columbia, Missouri; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Knoxville, Tennessee will launch their own versions of the program this fall.

Applications for overall Class 14, which will meet on February 10, 11, 17, and 18, from 8:30 to 11 a.m., contact 417-863-7700 or visit sgfgive5.org.