Neighbors Network

People gather for the official launch of Yakima & Selah Neighbors’ Network in April.

A nonprofit that helps older adults stay connected to the community and remain in their own homes is celebrating with a special event for members and volunteers.

Launched in April, the Yakima & Selah Neighbors’ Network has 42 members and 33 volunteers, a news release noted. A volunteer and member appreciation event is set for Saturday at The Seasons Performance Hall.

Members range in age from 55 to 96. A developing partnership with Seasons will bring the group together there several times a year to enjoy a sense of community, live music and program planning to meet the changing needs of the group as it grows, the release said.

The volunteer-based nonprofit started in this area on a limited basis in summer 2017. It officially launched in April, opening membership and offering services to the public, board chair Mary Lou Rozdilsky said.

“Every day, 10,000 people are turning 65 in our country. That’s going to continue for 11 years,” Rozdilsky has said.

And they want a better quality of life as they grow older. For many, that means staying in the home they’ve had for years and remaining in the neighborhoods they love near friends and family.

Annual membership fees are $300 for a single person or $400 for a household. With membership open, the group has been training more volunteers.

Members get access to community-based social activities designed to pursue interests and develop friendships.

They also may access services provided by the nonprofit’s volunteers. Examples include rides for those who don’t like to drive at night or drive at all; help around the house; cooking meals while members recover from surgery or an illness and help with the garden or technology at home.

Volunteers are part of an grassroots national movement that began more than 15 years ago in the Beacon Hill

neighborhood of Boston, the news release said. There are now 350 groups based on that model across the country, 12 in Washington.

Those interested in volunteering or becoming members may call the Yakima and Selah Neighbors’ Network office at 509-853-1917 or visit yesneighors.org for more information.

Reach Tammy Ayer at tayer@yakimaherald.com or on Facebook.