Volunteers Rally around Chicago Seniors at Day-Long Service Event on South Side
As Chicago’s baby boomer generation ages, the number of seniors between 65 and 84 years of age is expected to double by 2040. The number of seniors over 85 is projected to triple. Already, a senior citizen’s ability to remain in his or her home and community as they age is challenging many social service organizations that are struggling to find ways to meet the increased demand an aging population places on their services and resources. The Salvation Army is creating an innovative solution to this problem by launching a new program called Two Are Better Than One, a community-based solution to recruit and train volunteers from area churches and organizations to provide in-home help and assistance for people who are either caring for aging parents (60 or older) or seniors raising their grandchildren.
On Saturday, June 22, 25-50 volunteers from Sam’s Club, Affordable Construction and various community churches from across Chicago will be dispersed to the properties of seniors who live alone to perform hands-on projects such as building fences, mowing lawns and painting garages.
The Two Are Better Than One program was made possible by a $10,000 grant from the MetLife Foundation and the National Alliance for Caregiving and a $225,000 grant from The Salvation Army’s Thomas Lyle Williams Trust Fund, to be awarded over five years. For more information on the program, please call 773-642-9207.
Saturday, June 22; 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Home of Richard Dickerson, 77
11417 S Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60643
** Volunteers will paint the fence around Mr. Dickerson’s property.
Home of Dreana Hill, 67
12526 S Wallace St
Chicago, IL 60628
**Volunteers will paint her garage door to avoid a violation from the city.
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The Salvation Army is the largest social service organization in the world and the single largest direct provider of social services in Chicago and the state of Illinois. The Army operates 200 points of entry in neighborhoods across the greater Chicago area, providing disaster relief, shelter, meals, rehabilitation programs, child care and head start, senior services and more. On any given night, about 900 people are sleeping under a Salvation Army roof. In 2010, The Army celebrated 125 years of service in Chicago. The Salvation Army is there every day, 24-hours-a-day in Chicago and throughout the country providing disaster relief to people in crisis.