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Photo submitted Several North Fork area residents came out for A Little Help of the North Fork Valley's first Service Saturday, held Oct. 15. The organization helps foster community by connecting elder members with services and resources.

Saturday, Oct. 15, was a bright and sunny day and the perfect day for A Little Help North Fork Valley's first "Service Saturday."

A Service Saturday is a day for volunteers of all kinds to gather and go to the homes of A Little Help members and help with chores. Volunteers met early in the day at Apple Valley Park, where they enjoyed pastries and coffee while registering for the event. Then they were formed into teams, issued tools and supplies, and dispatched to the homes of nine members who had asked to be included in the event. The 14 volunteers washed windows, raked leaves, stacked firewood, mulched a garden and removed a swamp cooler from its window base.

Following the work, the volunteers and a couple of ALHNFV members gathered back at the park for pizza and conversation. There, everyone was asked how they thought it went.

Volunteers and members were all enthusiastic about it. "I never had so much fun washing windows," said one volunteer. Several commented that it was a lot of fun, and they really enjoyed chatting with the members they called on. A volunteer enjoyed hearing stories of early life at Erickson Springs.

Members also responded that they appreciated the help, and it was very meaningful to build relationships with the volunteers. One member liked meeting people she had never met, despite having lived in Paonia all her life. Given A Little Help's stated mission of "Connecting neighbors to help seniors thrive," it appears that the first Service Saturday was a success.

A Little Help is a nonprofit organization that connects neighbors across ages to enhance lives and strengthen communities. Their mission is simple. A Little Help fosters community by connecting elders with services and resources as they navigate the unknowns of aging and build meaningful connections with neighbors of all ages. ALH connect senior members with a variety of services, including transportation, yard work and minor home repair. ALH coordinates volunteering neighbors or vetted service providers, while creating opportunities for intergenerational connection and community engagement.

For more information, visit www.alittlehelp.org, call 527-3482, or email info@alittlehelp.org.

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