We Need You!

[August 2020 | By Eva Veitch, Region 10 Community Living Services Program Director]

Attention handy people of all ages! We need your time and talents to assist older adults in your community. I get calls several times a week from older adults who are really struggling to keep up with their yards, keep weeds under control, shovel snow in the winter, paint the house, get the air conditioner in and out and so on. Like us; these people just want to be able to remain in their home. Yes, it would be easier to downsize or go to an assisted living but in this high real estate market; that is just not an option for most people.

This morning I received a call from Sally who lives in one of the nicer subdivisions in town, she was in tears because the HOA sent her a letter stating she has one month to get the weeds under control, or she will be fined! She tries to keep up with it but at 73 with multiple health issues she just can’t manage it. She has called several landscape companies, and no one will even give her a bid. I hear this kind of distress all the time and it breaks my heart. I know there are able bodied people out there who would be happy to help, we just need to organize them.

Please gather your friends and neighbors and join the Region 10 Senior Volunteer Handy Helpers Program. Our most urgent need right now is weed warriors, later this fall, it will be raking leaves followed by shoveling snow! We also need people who can help with basic home maintenance like changing smoke detector batteries and furnace filters. And some bigger things like installing grab bars and building wheelchair ramps. A little bit of your spare time could truly make a difference in someone’s life and help ensure that they get to stay in their home.

This is a great family activity, a great neighborhood or church activity or individual. If materials are needed Region 10 Community Living Services maty be able to assist. If you are interested in helping, PLEASE give us a call, your time can make a huge impact on the lives of our elderly. Call Joe Walker at 970-765-3147