A Huge Lift: Volunteers Helps Seniors with Winter Shoveling
Senior Community Services helps seniors stay in their homes and often help comes by way of home maintenance projects.
One service involves matching volunteers willing to shovel snow with seniors. It matched Jeff Larsen with a senior who shovels snow in Plymouth.
“I love the fact that seniors can stay in their houses longer and I have no problem helping out. I hope if I get to that position, someone will help me out,” said Larsen. “I love the fact that seniors can stay in their houses longer and I have no problem helping out. I hope if I get to that position, somebody can help me out.”
He’s developed a friendship with Susan Stoll, who has lived in her house for more than 30 years and hopes to stay there.
“I didn’t have anybody for two years and it’s been hard,” said Stoll.
Clearing driveways and sidewalks is appreciated, but Senior Community Services’ Jon Burkow says sometimes volunteers can offer more than just manual labor.
“It’s getting to know that older adult in your community. Maybe they don’t have family or close friends or maybe they don’t drive anymore, so they get isolated. The older adults appreciate that personal interaction,” said Burkow.
If you are interested in volunteering and learning more about Senior Community Services, click here.
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