Help Older Adults! An hour of your time could make all the difference in an older adult’s life. Volunteers are needed to help with minor home repairs and assistance, yard work, computer training/troubleshooting and much more.
St. Louis NORC is a non-sectarian program of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis that supports the healthy aging of adults 65+ in their own home.
Contact Karen Berry Elbert to get involved at 314-442-3859 or KBerry-Elbert@JFedSTL.org.
Pete Pozefsky of Creve Coeur, a volunteer with Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC), was named a finalist for the 2013 Georgia Frontiere Community Quarterback Award. Finalists exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving the St. Louis bi-state area through volunteerism.
Pozefsky has been a volunteer with St. Louis NORC, a non-sectarian program that supports the healthy aging of seniors in their homes, for six years. Pozefsky, an engineer scientist/structural engineer at Boeing, helps NORC members with home repairs, teaches computer use, and has installed and repaired computers for members.
NORC Volunteer Coordinator Roberta Gartenberg estimates that he has spent more than 1300 hours of his time helping NORC members live a better quality of life and has saved them more than $26,500 with his repairs. “Pete will take on any task, often on very short notice,” says Gartenberg. She notes that he has a life-changing impact on many members’ lives, providing them with not only household help, but also comfort and care. “When Pete provides a household or computer repair, he also provides a kind heart and an ear for listening.”
In addition to St. Louis NORC, Pozefsky also volunteers with BJC Hospice and Rebuilding Together. He says he has a good time helping others and spending time with them and that he gets more out of volunteering than he gives.
A luncheon will be held on November 22 to honor the Community Quarterback volunteers and award money to the agencies they represent. In addition, the volunteers will attend the Rams game on December 22.