CRIS readies to ‘lend a hand’ to local senior citizens

— From Oct. 1 to 7, Community Resources for Independent Seniors will conduct “Lend A Hand Week,” to assist those over age 55 and people with special needs with various tasks in the Cazenovia, Nelson and Fenner areas.

Teams of volunteers will lend a hand to help with tasks such as yard clean-up, minor household repairs, replacing light bulbs, putting up storm windows, basic computer assistance, house cleaning, returning bottles and cans and many other needs.

Carpentry, plumbing and electrical work will not be included due to the expertise required.

Requests should be made prior to Sept. 9. Part of the CRIS mission is to help seniors live in their homes and their community as long as possible, and one way to help accomplish this is by coordinating “neighbors helping neighbors.”

CRIS is seeking local senior citizens living independently in the greater Cazenovia area who would like assistance during Lend A Hand Week.

In order to sign up, one can call the CRIS office at 655-5743 and leave a name and phone number.

Assistance applications can also be accessed online at callcris.org.

CRIS is still seeking volunteers in the community who are able to donate a morning or an afternoon to help their neighbors. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

To register as a volunteer, call the CRIS office or access the website.

Registration forms can either be emailed to callcris@callcris.org, or mailed to the CRIS office at: PO Box 99, Cazenovia, N.Y. 13035.

CRIS-CAT, a program of CRIS, is a free transportation service for residents age 55 and over. CRIS-CAT provides rides for residents in the towns of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson to medical appointments, shopping, grooming appointments and other important events.

To date, the program has provided more than 550 free rides by 50 volunteer drivers in the community.

To schedule a ride, call 655-0612 three to five days in advance of desired date.

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