Senior citizens can get a little extra help preparing their homes for the winter through a community-wide weatherization project, coordinated by San Juan College’s Service Learning Program, Volunteer Center and students enrolled in a Principles of Management class.
The weatherization project will take place, Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. SJC students and community volunteers will team up to help winterize senior citizens’ homes throughout the county.
“We’ll provide basic weatherization services free of charge,” explains Mip Van Suchtelen, SJC Service Learning coordinator. “Things like weather stripping, caulking around doors and windows, covering air conditioners and adding plastic to windows, can help keep seniors warmer, while reducing their utility costs. So many of our community’s seniors live on fixed incomes and are physically unable to do some of these tasks. We are just happy to help them stay warmer for the winter months.”
Senior Citizens throughout San Juan County are encouraged to submit an application to receive services. The deadline to apply has been extended to Wednesday, October 10. They can do this by simply calling Van Suchtelen at 566-3120, or by downloading an application form at www.sanjuancollege.edu/servicelearning.
“While we are limited in the number of homes that we can service, we will certainly assist as many seniors as we can,” she continues.
The Weatherization project is made possible, thanks to material donations from United Way.
“We are especially grateful to United Way for their generosity,” Van Suchtelen continues. “Without community support, this project would not be possible.”
Through Service Learning projects such as this, students have a unique opportunity to connect what they learn in the classroom to real-life situations – all while experiencing the importance of giving back to the community.
For more information about the Weatherization project, go to www.sanjuancollege.edu/servicelearning, or call Mip van Suchtelen at 566 3120. Those who would like to volunteer for the Weatherization project may contact Lucy Haber, at 566-3690. Volunteers may choose to help for one day or both.