Seniors Blaze a Trail This Month and You Can Too

senior volunteer blazes a trailOlder adults in our community are leading the way with their acts of  kindness and building lasting partnerships that encourage giving back.

Our senior volunteers are strengthening Santa Cruz County by providing their time, energy and skills to help our community thrive.  Last year senior volunteers working through our Retired Senior Volunteer Program contributed an impressive 97,380 hours.  We invite you to join us in celebrating the substantial contributions of local seniors this month in honor of Older Americans Month (OAM).

This year’s theme, “Blaze a Trail,” illustrates the ways older adults are engaging in their communities and blazing a trail of inspiration that effects the lives of people of all ages.

To highlight the actions of seniors we’ve started a photo collection and we hope that our local seniors will continue to contribute their photo. We invite all seniors to snap a picture sharing how they are blazing a trail for their community.

Check out our album and download a sign.

We are also excited for a day of action in partnership with Coastal Watershed Council and our friends at Village Santa Cruz, a non-profit grassroots organization of people who envision aging as an active and empowering time of growth and new learning. Together we will celebrate Older Americans Month with a river walk clean up on May 21 from 9AM-11AM. We will be “Blazing a Trail” of positive impact by joining a national movement of river stewardship and supporting the health of our local San Lorenzo River.

We invite you to learn more and join us.

If you are looking for additional ways to transform our community for the better, check out opportunities to assist the dedicated volunteers at Helping Hands Senior Home Repair that provide seniors with the necessary repairs to enable older adults to stay safe in their homes. In addition, our volunteers in the Transportation program would love to have support with volunteer drivers.

Check out our full list of opportunities in support of seniors

Jump in and Volunteer or Donate with us today!

tara-ireland-editBlog Post written by Helping Hands Coordinator Tara Ireland who inspires volunteers to give back to local seniors in need. Last year through her program safety related home repairs were provided at 236 homes in Santa Cruz County. 

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