SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Saturdays, November 3rd and 10th, 74 Skidmore Student Athletes and 10 US Navy Volunteers tackled The Second Annual “Raking for a Cause” in association with the Saratoga Senior Center.
With the donation of 30 rakes from The Skidmore Community Service Department and Allerdice Hardware, the Skidmore Student Athletes and the US Navy were able to complete 20 yards for our Seniors in the Saratoga Springs Community. In addition, the City of Saratoga Springs provided curbside leaf pick up.
The “Raking for a Cause” project began last year, when the Saratoga Senior Center’s Senior Support Services team, in collaboration with their Intern (and Skidmore Student Athlete) Bailey Hutchins saw a need for seniors to have their yards cared for. This Senior Support Services project is through through their Community Connections program: A volunteer-driven program that matches seniors in need with volunteers from the community to help them get to doctor appointments, grocery store, friendly visits, household chores and much more. The goal of the Senior Support Services is to help seniors age in place and maintain an independent lifestyle.
“At the Center we are always creating innovative programs to help seniors better age in place,” said Executive Director Lois Celeste of the Saratoga Senior Center. “This project in particular is special because of our ability to collaborate again with Skidmore Student Athletes and expand our volunteer participation through the US Navy; a tradition we look forward to continuing in years to come.”
Want to help but can’t seem to find your rake? Invite and join your neighbors at the Brook Tavern (139 Union Avenue) tomorrow night, Wednesday, November 21, from 4 to 10 pm.The Brook Tavern will be donating 50 percent of all food purchased tomorrow night. For reservations, call 518.871.1473 and visit TheBrookTavern.com for a peek at their delicious menu!