Accepting the Challenge to Serve

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In 2012, volunteers delivered food and ran errands for approximately 55 local older adults through SAGE's Grocery Shopping and Errand Service.  They made a total of 928 trips during the year.  Pictured above is Kathy Maio of Madison. Credits: Marianne Kranz
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Pictured above, left to right, are Rose Rittweger, Manager, and Joann Stefan, volunteer, at SAGE Eldercare's Resale Shop.  The thrift store is located at 31B Chatham Road, Summit, and is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  Funds raised from the sale of merchandise support services and programs offered by SAGE Eldercare. Credits: Julie Pedersen
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These men and women volunteer their time in SAGE's Furniture Restoration Workshop, located in the lower level at 290 Broad Street in Summit.  They restore and repair furniture for customers and the revenue generated supports SAGE Eldercare's programs and services for local older adults, their families and caregivers. Credits: Julie Pedersen
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Union County SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) counselors and volunteers at SAGE assist people with their Medicare benficary questions and benefits through consultations and outreach events.  Call 908.273.6999 for more information.
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Pictured above left to right, Laura and son CJ Happ of Berkeley Heights with her father Chris O'Leary of Basking Ridge, a family that has volunteered together for several years with Meals On Wheels through SAGE. Credits: Julie Pedersen
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Many corporate volunteers, such as L'Oreal pictured above, come in to SAGE to help provide care for clients in the Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center and deliver meals through Meals On Wheels as part of their corporate community service programs.  Additionally, schools bring in groups to volunteer time with clients and participate in intergenerational programs.  For more information, call 908.598.5514. Credits: Marianne Kranz
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It takes a small army of local volunteers to keep SAGE Eldercare going!  Without all of the wonderful volunteers, the organization would not be able to provide the range of services that older adults in the community need.

“There are approximately 1,000 volunteers who help with almost every service or program offered at SAGE Eldercare,” stated Marianne Kranz, Director of Volunteers for SAGE.  “SAGE was started by volunteers in the 1950’s and continues to exist almost sixty years later because of its strong base of volunteers.  They were, and continue to be, the foundation of what SAGE does.”

When asked why they volunteer their time to SAGE, most volunteers respond with the simple answer that they want to be there for their neighbors who are aging and to help put smiles on their faces.

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SAGE Eldercare offers a variety of ways for volunteers to make a difference – the commitment can be long-term, short-term or a single project. 

Following are just a few of the projects and volunteer opportunities available at SAGE:

  • Deliver Meals On Wheels
  • Shop for the Grocery Shopping and Errand Service
  • Repair furniture at the Furniture Restoration Workshop
  • Assist receptionists or provide clerical assistance
  • Serve as a program assistant at SAGE’s Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center
  • Train to counsel people with insurance questions for Union County S.H.I.P. (State Health Insurance Assistance Program)
  • Provide help with the Bill Paying Service
  • Provide assistance with internet research and data analysis
  • Help with fundraising events

SAGE Eldercare is always in need of volunteers to keep their client-centered health, social and support services running smoothly.  To learn more about the volunteer opportunities at SAGE, please call Marianne Kranz at 908.598.5514, or email mkranz@sageeldercare.org.  

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