How to Help Seniors This Holiday Season

How to Help Seniors This Holiday Season  Looking to help seniors in your community this holiday season? If you live in the Washington, D.C., area, The Washington Post has published a handy guide to local online volunteer databases that will help you find the perfect match.

In Montgomery County, The Senior Connection needs volunteers to provide transportation, grocery shopping assistance, and other services to residents age 62 and older.

The Senior Connection is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that provides assistance to homebound seniors in Montgomery County, Maryland. Established 19 years ago, The Senior Connection matches the needs of more than 1,000 seniors with a core of about 330 volunteers. Its free, personalized programs save the county’s seniors about $1 million in annual expenses.

Three kinds of services are available through The Senior Connection. For the door-to-door senior transportation services program, volunteers drive seniors to and from medical appointments and other scheduled engagements, and help run weekly or monthly errands. For the grocery shoppers program, volunteers accompany seniors to the store or go to the store for them, and then help put away all groceries upon their return. In partnership with AARP, The Senior Connection also offers a bill paying and paperwork program to assist with managing monthly income, paying bills, and writing checks.

To volunteer, contact The Senior Connection at www.SeniorConnectionMC.org or by calling (301) 962-0820.