PALSPioneers and Lawrentians is a volunteer-based organization that gives students an opportunity to socialize and interact with elderly individuals. Students go to a retirement home called Pioneer Village. It houses around 16 elderly individuals. Many of the residents do not have close friends or relatives. There is free transportation through Lawrence’s bus program and it is also within walking distance. We will have a meeting at the beginning of the year. We will also have a getting-to-know-you session at Pioneer Village where you can meet your future “Pal.” Throughout the year there are group activities and parties. All are welcome to come! There is no obligation and the level of participation varies. Many people come for the larger activities and many just visit one person. It’s a fun and refreshing break away from campus life.