Fri08222014

Business & Real Estate

Realtor program assists seniors, disabled


courtesy of SCCAOR
Myron Von Raesfeld, center, president of the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors, joins RSVP volunteers and a senior recipient May 6.

Realtors and affiliates from the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors assisted seniors and people with disabilities with home maintenance May 6 as part of the annual Realtors Service Volunteer Program (RSVP).

The Santa Clara County Realtors Foundation, the charitable arm of the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors, sponsors RSVP, now in its 13th year. The goal of the program is to promote home safety for seniors and people with disabilities, who often can’t perform certain household tasks because of physical and/or financial constraints.

Realtors and affiliates assisted with tasks such as changing light bulbs, dusting, cleaning windows, flipping mattresses, replacing smoke-detector batteries, changing furnace filters, removing cobwebs and gardening. Approximately 150 realtors and affiliates helped 39 seniors in Santa Clara County.

“It was a great way for … members to give back to our local community,” said Myron Von Raesfeld, president of the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors. “Helping the elderly and people with disabilities ensure that their homes are well maintained is very rewarding. They are very appreciative of the work we do.”

Von Raesfeld added that the elderly and disabled, who typically live on fixed incomes, are able to save money by having the realtors and affiliates come to their homes and perform the tasks free of charge through RSVP.

The Santa Clara County Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, visit sccaor.com.

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