The Kennett Area Senior Center’s Neighbors in Action program recently took center stage at Family Services of Chester County’s annual RSVP Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. The program was recognized in the aging category for civic engagement.

“I was surprised, honored, and humbled by the award,” said Neighbors in Action coordinator Ken Schreffler. “Neighbors in Action has a huge impact on people’s lives and I feel good to be a part of the program.”  

An intergenerational program designed by the Kennett Area Senior Center in partnership with the Chester County Department of Aging, Neighbors in Action addresses the needs of older adults and individuals who are home-bound. Volunteers provide meals, companionship, telephone reassurance, transportation to appointments, and assistance with forms and services.

“So many of the individuals served by the program have no access to transportation, and that is where Neighbors in Action comes in,” Schreffler explained. “There are currently 65 volunteers who help people seven days a week … Each one has a heart of gold.”

While the Neighbors in Action program primarily serves low-income adults 75 and older, individuals of all ages and economic circumstances are eligible. For information on how to receive services or to volunteer, contact Schreffler at 610-444-4819 or e-mail kschreffler@kennettseniorcenter.org.