A lot has changed over the past year, but the Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga County Area Agency on Aging (B/S/S/T AAA) carries on. With the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, measures were taken to protect the health and safety of volunteers, staff, and those served, such as suspending in-person activities in favor of telephone and virtual services. Though their offices remain unable to admit visitors, quality assistance is still available with a simple call.
Meals on Wheels Endless Mountains, the agency’s meal delivery service, continues to operate on an alternative schedule with contactless delivery to reduce risks for recipients as well as the volunteers the program relies upon.
Volunteer programs remain crucial to the organization, and provide many opportunities for community members to get involved and make an impact. Volunteers for Meals on Wheels Endless Mountains are reimbursed $.50 per mile, and are provided training and personal protective equipment to promote community safety while serving.
Like volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers, Telephone Reassurance volunteers have been more crucial than ever through the pandemic, allowing older adults to “social distance” without becoming socially distant. Convenient and safe, volunteers in this program enjoy connecting with other locals for a weekly chat in the comfort of their own homes.
For more information about B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. services or volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-982-4346.