Kudos to our area senior volunteers for all the amazing community service they do. Did you know that volunteers in the SAVE (Seniors Add Valuable Experience) Program have completed 7,019 hours in the last year, service that is valued at $205,586 to the city of Danbury?
This year, 47 seniors volunteered at 23 City of Danbury departments and nonprofit agencies located in the city, providing a great contribution of their time and dedication to the community.
SAVE is supported by two organizations who do so much for area seniors (including supporting this Age Well CT website!) The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation supports the SAVE program and United Way of Western Connecticut administers the program for the City of Danbury and is responsible for interviewing participants and matching them to local volunteer opportunities.
“The SAVE Program provides a remarkable opportunity for older adults in Danbury to age in place in their homes and in their communities.”
“The program is a win-win for the agencies and city departments who benefit from the skills and energy of the volunteers, and for the volunteers who remain connected to their communities,” said Kimberly Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut.
Since its inception in 2008, SAVE has provided financially-qualified Danbury homeowners age 65 and older an opportunity to receive real estate tax relief through volunteer service at organizations and agencies throughout the city. Each volunteer must complete 100 hours of service over the course of the fiscal year, although many serve well more than that amount. SAVE makes it easier for seniors to remain in their homes, keeps them active in their communities and gives them the opportunity to share their skills with local organizations.
For more information on this wonderful program and how to become involved, please contact Morgan Greening at [email protected] or call at 203-297-6736.