A Little Help of Delta County will sponsor its "Service Saturday" event on Oct. 27. The immediate goal of the Saturday morning event is to help local senior citizens with home and yard tasks. But the event is also designed to recruit volunteers to establish ongoing services for seniors. Here, with names changed to protect privacy, are three examples of Surface Creek seniors who received services during an earlier Saturday event in June of this year:
Carol is in her 80s and she lives alone in a double-wide trailer not far from school grounds. She loves to hear the students at recess. She used to take pride in her yard and flowers but taking care of them is too much for her these days. A Little Help volunteers spent the morning weeding her gardens and washing windows. "I can't thank you enough," she said.
Leonard is 83 years old. He shares a rural home with his partner. Both try to stay active but the weeds have taken over their once lush garden and Leonard has forgotten how to operate his lawn equipment. A Little Help volunteers used Leonard's weed-eater and wheelbarrow to clear away a jungle of unwanted plants. "Please come again," Leonard said.
Annie is 75. She has mobility issues and is confined to her urban home. She has helpers who come daily but they are not allowed to work outside the house. She loves to sit and look out her windows but her view is blocked by her storm screens and the window panes are murky with grime. A Little Help volunteers spent the morning removing, cleaning, and storing her screens and washing all her windows. As they were preparing to leave for their next assignment, the volunteers learned it was Annie's birthday so they went inside and sang "Happy Birthday" to her. "A blessing," said Annie.
A Little Help is a nonprofit organization which is already well-established in Denver, in Chaffee County, and in Paonia. The organization's goal is to help seniors by providing services that allow them to continue living in their homes. The localized Service Saturday event will help the organization expand its services into the Surface Creek and Delta area.
On Oct. 27, volunteers are asked to gather at 8 a.m. at Cedaredge town park on West Main Street. Volunteers will then disperse to work at seniors' homes from 9 a.m. until noon when they will gather for a luncheon at the Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church, 210 NW 3rd Street.
Individuals or organizations interested in participating in the Oct. 27 event are urged to register for the event at this link: https://www.alittlehelp.org/ServiceSaturdays. Or call 970-527-3482 for more information.