FANWOOD, NJ -- Clare Jeffery, a senior at Wardlaw+Hartridge, has spent her spring break working as an unpaid Intern assisting with senior citizens outreach during this critical time. She has been making calls to our area seniors to check in, find out if they have any needs, and have some friendly conversation to brighten their day. The calls help the seniors feel connected and cared for by the community.

"I want to major in criminology in college and have been doing some internship work with the Union County prosecutor's lab and also planned to intern with Fanwood Police or possibly Westfield Police or Municipal Court," Jeffery said. "I had hoped to do a lot over my spring break, which started March 16, but COVID-19 made going to those offices impossible."

Jeffery saw the special warning for seniors to stay in and also noticed that the Fanwood Police offered to help seniors by delivering medicine.

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"I thought they could maybe use help contacting the seniors," added Jeffery, who said she does not have much school work to do during her break. "They basically tell me that they are doing pretty good, and that they really appreciate the calls and look forward to another call."

"Since I have a grandmother who lives alone, I realize how much it means to check in and also how much they love to chat with kids," Jeffery explained. 

Her efforts have not gone unrecognized. 

"Thank you, Clare, and thank you to the Borough of Fanwood for acknowledging that our seniors needs are a high priority, especially during these uncertain times," said Dianne Howarth, the Senior Coordinator for the Borough of Fanwood.

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