Olney Home for Life honors volunteers -- Gazette.Net


Olney Home for Life, a nonprofit serving Olney-area seniors, marked its second full year of operation by thanking its volunteers at a reception Dec. 5 in the Olney Community Room of the Re/Max Realty Centre.

Board President Tom Callahan recognized the volunteers who have been driving seniors to medical and other vital appointments since the organization’s inception in 2012.

Callahan thanked the volunteers, saying their commitment makes a huge difference for Olney’s seniors.

“When neighbors help neighbors, the entire community benefits,” he said. “It’s an important element that makes Olney special, and makes folks want remain here for life.”

According to Callahan, during the past six months alone, volunteers have provided nearly 700 complimentary rides to seniors traveling to medical appointments, shopping and other destinations.

Volunteers were given gift certificates from Fletcher’s Service Center, courtesy of the board, with a discount provided by Fletcher’s.

Representing County Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring, Art Brodsky presented the organization with an official proclamation and commendation. The council recognized that Olney Home for Life is helping the area’s aging residents remain in their homes by providing vital services.

The organization was awarded a County Executive’s Community Collaboration Grant for 2014. The group is working to provide a portfolio of programs and services to Olney’s senior population.

The program recently launched a Telephone Reassurance Program, a daily call by volunteers to check on the welfare of senior participants.

Volunteers are needed to provide rides, place reassurance phone calls, assist in developing new programs and serve on the board. Volunteers and seniors in need of services should contact Olney Home for Life at 301-446-2512 or info@OlneyHomeForLife.org.