Thursday, October 2, 2014

Community Caregivers led Successful “Neighbors Helping Neighbors Day” Efforts

September 26 launched a day of goodwill

Albany, NY:  “There are no words to describe the feelings and satisfaction that I felt when the senior homeowner got teary eyed and gave me a hug because he was overly happy that we had helped him with all of his yard work,” shared Steve Wacksman, a volunteer for Community Caregivers “Neighbors Helping Neighbors Day” that was held on September 26.  Goodwill projects in the Guilderland and Altamont areas took place throughout this day in honor of National Good Neighbor Day and as part of Community Caregivers 20th anniversary commemoration.

Community Caregivers, a non-profit organization founded in 1994, enables individuals to maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life within their homes and communities.  This is accomplished through free, non-medical services provided by a large volunteer pool.  “Neighbors Helping Neighbors Day” was a way to highlight the organization’s mission while encouraging others to pay it forward.

Wacksman and his group assisted an elderly client with yard work while other volunteers distributed bottled water and treats to mall walkers and construction workers at various sites as acts of goodwill. Organized large group projects took place at the Guilderland Public Library by dusting shelves and interior painting, and winterizing the Tawasentha Park area in Altamont. 

“We at the Guilderland Public Library were thrilled to be the recipient of so much neighborly help and community spirit,” shared Tim Wiles, Library Director, explaining, “Our Normanskill events room is freshly painted, as is one staff member’s office, and our bookshelves have been dusted,” He concluded, “Community Caregivers is a tremendous asset to the Guilderland community.”

Also, Albany Beverage Center and various Phillips Hardware locations conducted beverage and food drives, while individuals who could not participate in the day, generously donated grocery store gift cards to distribute to Community Caregivers existing clients.

“We were thrilled with the show of support and hope that those who volunteered on this day will consider signing up as ongoing volunteers with our organization as there is no better reward than the feeling of gratification you receive by giving a little of your time to help others,” expressed Community Caregivers Executive Director, Kathy Burbank.

It is estimated that more than 30 volunteers provided approximately 50 hours of combined service on this “Neighbors Helping Neighbors Day.”  A volunteer appreciation lunch was held at Crossgates Mall, where participants continued to pay it forward by bringing non-perishable food items, which is being shared with a local food pantry.

The entire day of activities was underwritten by MVP Healthcare, M&T Bank and Crossgates Mall.

If you are interested in finding out more information about Community Caregivers and how you can sign up to assist, please call the office at 518-456-2898 or email  Volunteer assignments and hours are flexible.

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