Senior Citizens’ Council welcomes volunteers
Since 1974 the NDG Senior Citizens’ Council has advocated for seniors in NDG and Montreal West. “I’ve never met such a dedicated bunch of people,” says social worker Lynda Pitt-Taylor, who joined the board a year and a half ago. “In an emergency situation, they’ll go out of their comfort zone, help someone clean their home, take them to the hospital, if there’s a need, they’re there.”
Two key services provided by the Council are the Day Away Program, where seniors have lunch and socialize, and Action transport, providing transportation to medical appointments. Both programs make life easier for people whose children have moved away and who find themselves increasingly isolated as they age.
The organization is always looking for volunteers. In particular, volunteer drivers are badly needed, as on the average, there are 2,000 requests for transportation a year.
There is no minimum time commitment, Pitt-Taylor says. “The time given could be an hour or infinity, it’s up to the individual,” she says. “Anyone with an open heart and a willingness to help is welcome.”
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