Photo By: Courtesy of SILVAR
Local realtors and affiliates join forces to offer seniors free assistance with household tasks through the Realtor Service Volunteer Program.
For senior homeowners or renters who are physically or financially challenged, tasks like replacing smoke-detector batteries, flipping a mattress and washing windows can be major chores.
To help with the heavy lifting, seniors and the homebound residing on the Peninsula and in the South Bay may request free assistance with such household tasks through the Realtor Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) during the week of May 6-10. The deadline for seniors to apply for assistance is Friday.
Realtors and affiliates offer RSVP to qualified seniors who cannot otherwise perform certain household tasks due to physical or financial constraints. During RSVP Week, teams of realtors and affiliates (professionals who provide industry-related services) will visit senior households and perform various cleaning and maintenance tasks free of charge.
Members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors founded the annual community service program in 2001. The program has since expanded to include members of the Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties associations of realtors. Realtors now assist seniors residing as far north as Daly City and south to Gilroy.
Last year, 386 RSVP volunteers from the Bay Area provided assistance to 284 senior households. A total of 213 realtors and affiliates assisted 148 senior households in SILVAR’s five districts.
Seniors who live in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, Saratoga, Monte Sereno and Los Gatos are eligible to participate.
For an application, call (408) 200-0100 or visit www.silvar.org.