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March 25, 2014 > Life Eldercare

Life Eldercare

ÔVolunteer is more than a three-syllable wordÕ
-- Newark Mayor Al Nagy

In the Greater Tri-City area, many organizations, busy creating a welcoming and supportive environment for everyone are busy. Most rely heavily on volunteers who recognize immeasurable benefits to others and themselves when helping within their own community. One such organization is LIFE ElderCare, working to include all citizens, especially frail, elderly citizens who may need a bit of assistance to maintain health and social contact.

The Tri-City community has answered the call for volunteers, but there is always room for more. On March 21, 2014, a group of volunteers and elected officials gathered behind Fremont City Hall, sampled food donated by Whole Foods and recognized the accomplishments of the Meals on Wheels program. The group acknowledged the donation of a storage shed by Rakesh Sharma and IndoAmericans for Better Community and publicized the need for additional contributions for a new truck (the old one has expired!) as well as volunteer drivers to deliver them. A few days each month is all that is required and all ages are welcome. Local businesses can help by volunteering a few employee hours for their community. Every day over 300 meals are delivered to those faced with the threat of hunger.

In a recent example of community participation, LIFE ElderCareVolunteer Sherri Plaza reports that Realtors from Better Homes and Gardens / Mason-McDuffie Real Estate Ð Fremont spent March 8, their annual Giving Day, volunteering for LIFE Elder Care. Their time was divided between cleaning up a seniorÕs home and raising funds for the Wheels for a Million Meals campaign to purchase a new truck.

The group got busy scrubbing a local seniorÕs entire bathroom and kitchen, and folding clothes. The carpet was steam-cleaned and her front yard also got a face-lift as bushes and a tree were cleared away. Noticing that this senior has a difficult time using her walker as her left arm is weak, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate purchased a new walker for her; she will also soon have a yellow quilt Ð her favorite color - to brighten her room, handmade by one of the realtors.

Another group of realtors focused on raising funds for LIFE ElderCareÕs Wheels for a Million Meals campaign. LIFEÕs 20-year-old truck for its Meals on Wheels program is breaking down and needs to be replaced. The truck is critical to the process of delivering hot, nutritious meals to seniors in our community. LIFE is reaching out to the community to raise $35,000 for the new truck; in turn, Better Homes and Gardens reached out to their friends and colleagues with an initial goal of raising $3,000.

ÒBy the end of the weekend we had surpassed our goal and raised over $5,000 for LIFE ElderCareÕs new truck. We are getting a terrific response to our requests for donations, and will continue our fundraising efforts throughout March,Ó explains Hilda Furtado, Manager of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Fremont office.

Patricia Osage, Executive Director at LIFE ElderCare, appreciates the time and energy of the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate employees. ÒI am so impressed with Better Homes and Gardens. Pilar was speechless when she saw her clean home. I was speechless when Hilda told me how much money they had raised for our new truck.Ó

Donations for the new truck can be made online at or mailed to LIFE ElderCare, 3300 Capitol Avenue, Fremont, CA 94538. Everyone who donates will get his or her name written inside the new truck!

LIFE ElderCare helps older adults improve the quality of their life so that they can age in the place they call home. Serving the community since 1975, LIFEÕs programs are Friendly Visitors, Meals on Wheels, VIP Rides, and Fall Prevention. All programs are available to residents of Fremont, Newark, and Union City, CA who are 60+ years of age or disabled. To learn more about LIFE ElderCare or to volunteer, visit or call (510) 574-2090.

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