SeniorCare & AARP Provide Free Tax Preparation

Download list of tax preparation locations.

SeniorCare Inc.’s RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore are proud to partner with AARP and coordinate the AARP Tax-Aide Program, a vital service for elders, enabling them much needed assistance with their taxes. It is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service. Across the nation, there are over 34,000 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers who help more than 2.6 million taxpayers file their federal, state and local tax returns each year. SeniorCare’s group of RSVP Volunteer Tax Aides consists of over 40 certified volunteers who contributed more than 3,000 hours of service assisting over 2,500 elders in 2016!

In 2017, from February through April, AARP and volunteers from SeniorCare RSVP will assist taxpayers 60 & older with middle to low income with their tax preparation and filing, providing free tax assistance at over 30 locations throughout the North Shore.

For information on this program, please contact RSVP Program Assistant Theresa Dickson at 978-281-1750 x-568 or theresa.dickson@seniorcareinc.org.

Download list of tax preparation locations.

Volunteers Needed for Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner

american-legionThe American Legion, Post 3, will again deliver free Thanksgiving Holiday Dinners to the elderly, shut-ins, veterans, and needy in the Cape Ann area on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24, 2016. The American Legion Post No. 3’s mission is to insure that no one goes without a holiday meal on this special day.  Every year, many of our recipients are veterans and/or their families. Often, the only individuals that these “special citizens” see on these holidays are our drivers, who bring not only an outstanding holiday meal but also a cheery greeting and smile. Our goal is to serve as many meals as we can. In light of continuing economic hardship and cutbacks, the demand and requests for support continues to rise and we want to meet it!

Volunteer Servers and Drivers are needed for Thanksgiving Day. We will need servers from 10:00am until approximately 12:45pm and drivers from 10:15am until all of the meals have been delivered.

How to order and volunteer:

  1. Call 978-283-9710 after 3:00pm (and leave a message)
  2. Call 978-283-7117 anytime (and leave a message)
  3. Email your request to nestorlaw@aol.com

Please make sure to clearly give your name, address, phone number and number of meals.

Deadline for meal orders and volunteer sign up:

  • 6:00pm Monday, November 21, 2016

Details:

  • Deliveries will be made on Thanksgiving Day between 11:00am – 12:00pm. The Post will also serve free dinners at the Legion on Thanksgiving Day starting from approximately 11:30am until 12:30pm.

Monetary donations, turkeys, pies, and produce are also needed. Mail monetary donations to
American Legion Post 3, P.O. Box 122, Gloucester, MA 01931-0122,
or call 978.283.9710 after 3:00pm or 978.283.7117 anytime to arrange for pickup of food products.

Thank you for your ongoing support,
Mark L. Nestor
Commander – Post No. 3
Vietnam, Class of 70

The Grammas Family

lobstalandThe Grammas Family is a well-known, well-respected Gloucester family. They have been in the restaurant business for three generations. Arthur Grammas owned the Busy Bee on Western Avenue in the early 20th century. Arthur’s son, George, owned the Gull Restaurant, then purchased Lobsta Land. Lobsta Land is now owned and operated by George’s son Corey Grammas and his family.

In the early 2000s, Providenza (Provie) Corey, who was a SeniorCare volunteer, persuaded Corey Grammas to volunteer to deliver meals for SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels Program. Being the compassionate person Corey Grammas is, it was not a hard sell. He saw firsthand the importance of home meal delivery, not just the need for a meal, but the welcomed social visit it provides the recipients. This experience moved Corey to open his restaurant for the first time in 2004, in philanthropic generosity, to support SeniorCare programming. Corey donates the entire cost of the breakfast, his staff and the use of his restaurant, and 100 percent of the proceeds goes toward programming and services.

This helps ensure that the services SeniorCare provides to elders and disabled adults in the nine communities it serves — Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and Wenham — despite gaps in state or federal funding, can continue. The services help area seniors live more independently at home, and remain a part of each of those communities.

SeniorCare is not the only recipient of the Grammas family’s generosity. Lobsta Land is a local landmark and is dedicated to community involvement. In addition to SeniorCare, the Lobsta Land supports Gloucester Pride Stride, Gloucester Stage Company, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Fishermen Youth Soccer, Gloucester Little League and Wellspring House.

It all started with a volunteering spirit and a desire to contribute. Maybe that is one reason why Lobsta Land is such a beloved part of the Gloucester landscape, and let’s not leave out that their food is excellent. It’s really more than just a place to eat, just as the Meals on Wheels that Corey once delivered are more than just a meal. The volunteer spirit delivers more than a product, or a service. It delivers the message that someone cares.

We are grateful for all the volunteers who give of their time in the service of others. But even if we can’t find time to volunteer, we can contribute to the welfare of others. Because of people like the Grammas family, it’s as easy as taking a friend to breakfast.

This year SeniorCare’s Lobsta Land Breakfast will be Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 7 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $12 and tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

To purchase tickets or to learn more about volunteer opportunities please call 978-281-1750.

SeniorCare Honors Our Many Volunteers at Annual Luncheon

Volunteering is MagicSeniorCare’s RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore will honor our dedicated volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon and Business Showcase on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at Danversport Yacht Club. More than 150 volunteers, most who are age 55 and older are expected at the luncheon, which includes a full course lunch, recognition awards, raffles and more!

Our volunteers are active members in our communities. They deliver meals to elders, provide transportation to medical appointments, prepare taxes and give financial assistance to elders in need. They advocate for elders in long term care nursing facilities, distribute food at meal sites, teach classes at local senior centers, and much, much more.

RSVP is a national, federally-funded volunteer program for people 55+ who use their talents, skills and experience serving others. This past year, our 350+ volunteers contributed over 35,000 hours of service in 13 communities: Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Peabody, Rockport, Salem, Topsfield and Wenham.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available for the luncheon. For information on the luncheon and the RSVP program, contact program director Ruth Lindsay at 978-281-1750 x-572 or ruth.lindsay@seniorcareinc.org.

 

Thank you to our Luncheon Sponsors:

Our Gold Sponsor:

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The Kiosk for Living Well (Video 4:15)

The Kiosk for Living Well is a friendly place on the North Shore of Massachusetts where you can take advantage of virtual technologies, trained advisors, and proven techniques for considering ways to live your life as fully and as well as you wish.

The Kiosks are specially designed to offer stimulating and fun experiences that can help people solve some of the problems that may be making it more difficult to manage daily life routines.

At a Kiosk for Living Well you can meet great people and participate in a variety of activities!  You’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of the tools, the space, the resources, and the trained advisors, including Options Counselors and Employment Counselors to help guide you any number of areas, including:

  • Managing your health more effectively
  • Using state-of-the art virtual and communications technology
  • Developing problem-solving strategies that make sense to you
  • Connecting to places and people you want to see
  • Exploring new ideas
  • Identifying real choices and making decisions
  • Having fun

Whether it’s playing an online game or developing options around health concerns the choices are always going to be up to the consumer. The tools are in your hands!

Come in and have some fun!

Volunteer Drivers Needed for North Shore Meals on Wheels Deliveries

MOW-Got 2 hours-postcard-01SeniorCare Inc. “Meals on Wheels” program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver noon time meals to homebound seniors throughout the North Shore area. Anyone interested in volunteering one or more mornings a week will be greatly appreciated. Meals on Wheels drivers pick up fully prepared and packaged hot meals on the morning of each delivery.

SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program brings a daily meal right to the door for frail and homebound elders. Menus are designed by nutrition experts to meet the needs of older adults and are prepared by a professional caterer. In addition, homebound elders have a daily interaction with the delivery team—sometimes their only human contact that day. SeniorCare currently delivers Meals on Wheels to more than 550 elders each day. Annually, this means 136,216 home-delivered meals and 39,250 meals served at dining sites in Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham.

For information, contact SeniorCare’s Nutrition Department at 1-866-927-1050 or 978 281-1750, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.