East Granby Good Samaritan program looking for volunteers

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
East Granby - posted Wed., Feb. 19, 2014

East Granby is currently looking for volunteers to fulfill many roles in town. If you are looking for a way to serve and get involved, the town is interested in speaking to you.

The “Good Samaritan” program, or “Good Sam” for short, is seeking those who would be able to assist the elderly and disabled continue to live comfortably in their homes by helping them with simple maintenance tasks.

“We have seniors who are by themselves and they are really isolated,” said Social Services Director Alicia Van Neil, “especially in this weather.” As one example, Van Neil mentioned a woman she knows who is unable to get on a step stool to hang her curtains – something a volunteer could do for her in less than an hour.

The program is simultaneously seeking those in different occupations to reach out a helping hand to the next generation. Do you have occupational skills and experiences that you could share with high school students?  “The Commission on Aging is trying to elicit interest from the high school students too, and match them up learn about careers,” said Senior Center Director Kelly Jacobs.

“Seniors can volunteer to help other seniors, but we are also looking for those who would be willing to spend some time in the school,” said Jacobs. “The schools are looking for help.” For example, Allgrove School is looking for a guest reader and someone to re-shelf books in the library. Seymour School is looking for volunteers to lend a hand with recess and in the cafeteria, help in the student library and assist with special projects like Career Day.

High school students can also volunteer to fulfill their for community service requirement.

The program is planning to offer a designated Job Bank phone line so that those looking for a volunteer will be able to directly call the Social Services director.

To become a volunteer or to register a need you may have, contact Alicia Van Neill or Kelly Jacobs at 860-653-4371.

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