Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR) members recently helped local seniors with household tasks as part of the association’s Realtor Service Volunteer Program (RSVP).
Every year in May, realtor and affiliate members of SILVAR visit the homes of seniors who are physically and/or financially challenged to help with simple household tasks.
RSVP is a community outreach project launched 14 years ago to assist seniors and the homebound in communities within SILVAR’s five districts, including Los Altos and Mountain View. It has expanded on the Peninsula and in the South Bay, with volunteers from neighboring associations helping seniors in their respective communities. Nearly 60 SILVAR members assisted 30 senior households in Los Altos and Mountain View this year.
Those served included a Los Altos senior whose only son lives in San Diego, requiring her to rely on RSVP for help the past two years.
“Oh, Lord, I think the program is just wonderful – it’s very fantastic,” she said.
In Mountain View, an 80-year-old senior resident who lives alone watched as RSVP volunteer Jamie Carmichael dusted her home and cleaned her bathroom mirrors, while volunteer Stanley Ku trimmed her bushes.
“It’s wonderful that they give up their time to help us,” said the senior. “I used to do everything, but it’s the high things I can’t reach.”
Realtors volunteering through RSVP said they get more out of the program than they give.
“I just feel blessed to have the opportunity to give back to the seniors,” Carmichael said.
Realtor Owen Halliday said he has met many wonderful seniors during his 10 years as an RSVP volunteer.
“There are a lot of folks who have no one else to help them,” he said. “We live in a great community, and it’s nice to give back.”