Needed: Big hearts and time to help Trumbull seniors


Judge James A. Fredericka is looking for people with big hearts and time to volunteer in the Guardian Angels of Ohio program.

When he became Trumbull County Probate Court judge in February 2015, Judge Fredericka embraced the program started in 2002 by retired Judge Thomas A. Swift and overseen by the probate court. Guardian Angels volunteers sign up to visit wards of the court who live mainly in skilled nursing home and assisted-living facilities. Volunteers extend a hand of friendship, offering contact and conversation to someone who is alone or lonely.

When the judge talks about Guardian Angels, his enthusiasm is apparent. “This is a most wonderful program ... so fulfilling and rewarding in addition to being a great service to our seniors,” he said. “Guardian Angels volunteers fulfill a need in Trumbull County.”

The judge asked the question, “Have you ever felt alone?” and answered it with: “We’ve all felt that way at one time ... and many people have that feeling every day.”

When Judge Fredericka took office, there were about 30 volunteers. “I speak to organizations in Trumbull County about what we do ... I’ve been to block watches, civic and community groups,” he said. “I’m challenging them to respond to the need and help the most-vulnerable and the elderly. They’re responding to the need.”

The promotion campaign is paying off; Guardian Angels number 72. His goal is to get to 100 and beyond.

Read more about the program and how you can get involved in Thursday's Vindicator or on

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