RSVP_logo_2004(SILVAR) CORRECT ONESeniors and the homebound residing on the Peninsula and in the South Bay may request free assistance with household tasks during the week of May 8-12 through the REALTOR® Service Volunteer Program (RSVP). RSVP is offered each year in the month of May by members from the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® (SILVAR) to qualified seniors who cannot perform certain household tasks due to physical or financial constraints. The deadline for seniors to apply for this free assistance is March 22.

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. Seniors can request to have light bulbs replaced, furnace filters changed, windows cleaned, mattresses turned, new smoke detector batteries installed, and other light housekeeping tasks.

The annual community service program was started by members of SILVAR in 2001 and later adopted as an official association community outreach project. Last year 170 REALTORS® assisted 79 senior households in Silicon Valley senior households in the Menlo Park/Atherton, Palo Alto, Los Altos/Mountain View, Cupertino/Sunnyvale and Los Gatos/Saratoga communities.

“Through the RSVP program REALTORS® and affiliates can make the difference between a senior remaining independent as a homeowner or renter, or having to give up that independence to some form of caregiving and dependence on strangers,” said Eileen Giorgi, SILVAR’s RSVP Committee chair. “RSVP is our way of thanking our seniors for all they have done for our communities.”

This year, each of the five districts of SILVAR will be setting aside a special day(s) to help seniors in their communities. RSVP volunteers will help seniors residing in Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Atherton, Woodside on Monday, May 8; Palo Alto and East Palo Alto on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 9-10; Los Altos and Mountain View on Tuesday, May 9; Cupertino and Sunnyvale on Wednesday, May 10; and Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell and Monte Sereno on Thursday, May 11.

Seniors residing in the above-mentioned communities may request an application for the free service by contacting SILVAR at (408) 200-0100. Seniors may also visit http://www.silvar.org to download an application and mail to Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS®, 19400 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 100, Cupertino, CA 95014 before the March 22 deadline.

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