NBC12 Viewpoint: ReNew Crew volunteer program

By Don Richards, NBC12 Regional Vice President and General Manager

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Volunteerism is one good measure of community engagement. According to a recent national survey one person in five in our area donates their time to community service. That's good, but Richmond ranks slightly below the national average in volunteer activity.

ElderHomes Corporation is an example of a local non-profit that depends heavily upon volunteers. Their mission is to improve housing and living conditions of low income older adults and persons with disabilities in our area.

One of their initiatives, The ReNew Crew volunteer program, makes home safety repairs and builds wheelchair ramps for the disabled. The Renew Crew volunteers construct the ramps in the Elderhomes Warehouse. Then the sections are transported to a person's home and assembled quickly and easily.

In fact the ramps can later be disassembled and reused in other locations. These volunteers are building more than 100 ramps each year. They are providing independence for the disabled one ramp at a time.

For more information about ElderHomes and their ReNew Crew program visit them online at www.TheRenewCrew.org. You just might be the volunteer they are looking for.

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