Across our region and beyond, the Safe Seniors, Strong Communities initiative – a unique collaboration between the United Way Better at Home program, bc211 and the B.C Ministry of Health – mobilized over 8,500 local volunteers from across the province, providing vital support needed by isolated seniors in their neighbourhoods and communities during the global pandemic.
This Senior’s Week, we celebrate the province-wide success of community collaboration and #LocalLove in action.
“Through the bc211 expansion and our Better at Home partner agencies and all community-based seniors serving organizations, we are able to make sure seniors who are struggling with isolation can receive the basic necessities and support they need,” said Kahir Lalji, Provincial Director, Population Health, United Way of the Lower Mainland. “Because we’re asking everyone to keep close to home, neighbours helping neighbours have been critical during COVID-19. We have been overwhelmed by the incredible support for seniors during this difficult time.”
Read how the Community-Based Seniors Services Sector is making a difference across BC:
Pictured above: Mary-Ann (left) volunteers for a Kelowna-based Better at Home program to support seniors like Glen (right)