Senior Action Network September Meeting...
Ending: 22nd Sep, 2020
Time: 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Join us for our September meeting as we dive into the "Do You Know a Senior In Need?" Initiative, brought to you by the Brian Windrope from Senior Services for South Sound.
Brian Windrope is the Executive Director at Senior Services for South Sound and will speak about their ongoing program called Do you know a senior in need?. When the pandemic closed the doors of the senior centers around Thurston and Mason counties, there were large numbers of seniors who could no longer get a fresh meal, take an exercise class, or stay socially active. Combined with the fear of contracting the COVID-19 virus, seniors were left at home, often alone, and without normal opportunities for self-care.
Back in April of 2020, Brian was listening to NPR and heard about a program in England where they recruited volunteers to help seniors sheltering at home. They had over a million volunteers sign up! Seeing the need here in South Sound, Senior Services began a program to engage the public in identifying seniors who may need help. The program is advertised online, through social media, and on yard signs around the rural and urban parts of our area. When people call, they find that we can help them with grocery shopping, prescription pick up, and many other services. Volunteers are the lifeblood of this program, as in England. Brian will speak about the logistics and stories of aid to come out of the program.
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