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Realtors help seniors with their chores



Original article here:
http://www.mercurynews.com/saratoga/ci_17322966?nclick_check=1

For seniors who are physically and financially challenged, tasks such as replacing smoke detector batteries, flipping a mattress or washing windows can be a major chore, especially if relatives who can help them don't live nearby.

Seniors and the homebound in need who live on the Peninsula and in the South Bay may request free assistance with these household tasks through the Realtor Service Volunteer Program, which will take place the week of May 16 to 20.

RSVP is a community outreach program offered each year to qualified seniors who cannot otherwise perform certain household tasks due to physical and financial constraints. Certain guidelines apply. The deadline for seniors to request assistance is Feb. 28.

During RSVP Week, teams of people in the real estate industry will visit senior citizens and perform various cleaning and maintenance tasks free of charge. Seniors can request to have light bulbs replaced, furnace filters changed, windows cleaned, mattresses turned or new smoke detector batteries installed.

This is the 10th year the free assistance is being offered to seniors. The annual hands-on effort was organized in 2001 by members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, the local trade association of the industry on the Peninsula and in the South Bay. RSVP has since expanded to include volunteers from associations in San Mateo County, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

"RSVP is our way of giving back to the communities where we live and work, especially to our senior citizens who have contributed so much to our society," said Eileen Giorgi, RSVP committee chairwoman. "By helping our seniors who are physically unable to do these tasks and cannot afford to pay to have them by someone else, we can show our appreciation for what they have done for us."

Senior homeowners and renters with physical and financial constraints who live in the communities of Atherton, Campbell, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Woodside, Portola Valley, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Monte Sereno and Los Gatos may apply for services by contacting SILVAR at 408.200.0100, or visit www.silvar.org for more information and to download an application. Seniors have until Feb. 28 to apply for the free service.

Information provided in this column is presented by the members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors at www.silvar.org . Send questions on any topic to [email protected] .

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