SILICON VALLEY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS — For senior homeowners or renters who are physically or financially challenged, tasks like replacing smoke detector batteries, flipping a mattress or washing windows can be a major chore.
Seniors and the home bound residing on the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula (San Mateo County) and in the South San Francisco Bay Area (Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties) may request free assistance with these household tasks through the Realtor Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) during the week of May 6-10, 2013 The deadline for seniors to apply for assistance is Friday, March 15.
RSVP is offered by Realtors and affiliates each year to qualified seniors who can-not otherwise perform certain household tasks due to physical or financial constraints. During RSVP Week, teams of Realtors and affiliates (professionals who provide industry-related services) will visit senior households and perform various cleaning and maintenance tasks free of charge.
The annual community service program was started by members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR) in 2001, and adopted as an official association community outreach project in 2002. The program has since expanded to include members of the San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and Santa Cruz County real estate associations. Realtors now assist seniors residing as far north as Daly City and south to Gilroy and in Santa Cruz County.
“Our members realize the help they extend to the elderly can make a difference in a senior remaining an independent homeowner or renter, or having to give up that independ-ence to some form of care giving and dependence on strangers,” says Eileen Giorgi, SILVAR’s RSVP Committee chair.
“RSVP is our way of thanking our seniors for all they have done for our communities,” Giorgi added.
Last year, 386 RSVP volunteers from the Bay Area provided free assistance to 284 senior households; 213 Realtors and affiliates from SILVAR assisted 148 senior households in SILVAR’s five districts.
Seniors who live in the communities of Atherton, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Woodside, Portola Valley, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Monte Sereno and Los Gatos may apply for this free service by contacting the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors at (408) 200-0100 for information and an application.
Seniors may also visit Realtor Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) information online to download an application to complete and submit to SILVAR before the March 15 deadline.