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June 3, 2014 > Be happy with LIFE

Be happy with LIFE

Submitted By Sherri Plaza, LIFE ElderCare

If you want to feel wealthier and happier, volunteer for LIFE ElderCare. According to researchers at the London School of Economics, people who volunteer regularly experience a hike in happiness that is comparable to having a higher income. After seeing all the smiles at a recent Meals on Wheels volunteer training, there appear to be a lot of ÒmillionairesÓ delivering hot meals to homebound seniors.

Last month about 100 volunteers for LIFE gathered for their annual training. They connected with existing and new friends while learning about emergency preparedness, and water and energy savings. Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD) came to present as they were formed with the sole purpose of addressing the preparedness and response needs of service providers like LIFE Ñ whose consumers are among the most vulnerable people in any community.

California Youth Energy Services (CYES) described ÒGreen House CallsÓ that anyone in Fremont or Union City can get. Trained, supervised youth identify and show us how to fix places where we lose money through wasted electricity and water in our homes. Call (510) 665-1501 and press 5 to make an appointment or ask questions.

Alameda County Water District (ACWD) presented on their new Water Savings Assistance Program which gives qualified residents free water efficiency upgrades to help save money. Contact Stephanie at (510) 668-4207 or Stephanie.nevins@acwd.com.

LIFE (www.LifeElderCare.org) helps older and disabled adults improve the quality of their life so that they can age in the place they call home. We can provide Friendly Visitors, Meals on Wheels, VIP Rides, and Fall Prevention Training. All are available to residents of the Tri-Cities age 60+ or disabled.

Volunteers are key to the entire operation and LIFE welcomes you to join too. The time commitment is flexible, ranging from two hours a month to five days a week, depending on your availability. You will feel good, meet new people, be given options and some very useful training. Give LIFE a call and see how much happier you can be! Contact Tammy at (510) 574-2086 or tduran@fremont.gov.

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