Newton At Home: Volunteer for Winter Buddies
AS ARCTIC AIR SETS IN, NEWTON AT HOME LAUNCHES ANNUAL WINTER BUDDIES PROGRAM
Winter can have significant effects on older adults. Slippery sidewalks, freezing cold temperatures and snow make it difficult to move comfortably and safely around town. Many feel a sense of isolation being in their homes for long periods of time. That’s where Newton at Home’s Winter Buddies Program can help.
The annual program, which runs now through April 1st, matches a Newton at Home member with a volunteer buddy who lives in close proximity. The volunteer buddy contacts the member buddy to warn about coming storms and assess the need for essential supplies such as food, water and medications. Winter Buddies also assess plans for snow removal and remind members to charge cell phones and keep batteries handy. The buddy will call every day during a storm and connect the member to appropriate help if needed.
The Winter Buddies Program is open to all Newton at Home members. Call the office at 617-795-2560 for more information. Interested in volunteering as a Winter Buddy to a Newton at Home member? Contact Julie Plaut Mahoney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newton at Home is a non-profit membership organization designed to help Newton residents 60 years of age and older live active, more independent and connected lives in their own homes and apartments through access to a broad variety of social programs and practical services. NAH membership also benefits the families of members who gain peace of mind knowing that their loved ones have access to an enormous support network. NAH plays an important role in the larger community, too, offering both young and old a meaningful opportunity to become involved in community service. For more information on membership, services and programs go to www.newtonathome.org.