Letter, Opinion

SVCOA thanks volunteers

Dear Edtior,

Like many organizations and programs, Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) has faced its share of challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic, specifically around maintaining high levels of service to older Vermonters in our region amidst an unprecedented increase in service demand.

Thankfully, SVCOA is backed by a compassionate, hardworking and committed volunteer roster, which has bolstered agency operations and literally made services available to thousands of older Vermonters.

Without the contributions of these volunteers, critical programs such as Meals on Wheels and our new grocery and supply shopping service simply would not be fully possible during this challenging time.

Additionally, under normal circumstances, trained and vetted SVCOA volunteers assist our older friends, neighbors and family members each and every day with a range of needs including basic social interaction and companionship, money management and bill paying, home maintenance or modification projects, and transportation, among other supports.

With the conclusion of April, National Volunteer Month, SVCOA would like to sincerely thank all the volunteers who have supported the agency and its clients throughout the past year, and most recently during the Covid-19 situation. From veteran volunteers who have worked countless hours, to those who are brand new or have chipped in here and there when possible, SVCOA is so grateful for all of your contributions. You have truly made your mark, and your impact on our communities has been nothing short of incredible.  Thank you!

Lastly, as demand on the agency’s services continues to grow, SVCOA is always looking for new volunteers. If you or someone you know might be interested in helping out, give us a call at 802-786-5990, we’d love to chat with you! Sincerely,

Aaron Brush

Caregiver, Volunteer & Senior Companion Coordinator, Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging

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