By Kathy Chouteau
Richmond is taking care of its elder community with some help from volunteers.
The Richmond Community Services Department’s Love Your Block program is rolling out an “Adopt-a-Senior” initiative aimed at lending seniors a helpful assist in maintaining their properties and sidewalks.
Adopt-a-Senior is open to Richmond and North Richmond seniors in need of free “basic maintenance services in their front yard, back yard and/or sidewalk,” per Love Your Block organizers. Services might encompass painting, removing weeds and overgrown grass, pruning, cleaning up debris and litter, as well as other assistance.
Given that the volunteers are not trained professionals, the Adopt-a-Senior program does not offer any home repairs or other services inside of the home.
To be eligible, seniors should: Own or rent a single-family home in the City of Richmond or North Richmond; be 55 years or older; and provide proof of home ownership from the property owner. Documents required for service include a completed application; valid ID; a signed letter of permission from the property owner (for renters); and proof of home ownership (for homeowners).