Endless Summer Realty, a real estate firm in St. Johns County, has renewed their commitment to being there for older adults in our community as a Caring Partner to Council on Aging (COA). Caring Partner sponsors provide important financial resources to support specific COA programs. This year, Endless Summer Realty has committed to being COA’s Caring Partner for its Meals on Wheels program. The program delivers nutritious meals and welcome visits to homebound elders throughout St. Johns County.
The partnership comes at a critical time. Due to COVID-19 concerns, seniors in St. Johns County are in need of COA’s support now more than ever. Since the required temporary closure of COA’s senior centers in March, the Meals on Wheels program has also been delivering meals to senior center participants. The program prepares and delivers approximately 2,800 meals per week to area seniors, an increase of 1,200 meals per week since the pandemic began.
“We are grateful for the role that COA plays in our community caring for those who are most vulnerable,” Brad Layland, owner of Endless Summer Realty explained. “We are especially committed to the Meals on Wheels program, as several of our Realtors volunteer to deliver meals to seniors each week.”
Belinda Raven is one of the Realtors from Endless Summer Realty who volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program. She has been delivering meals to homebound seniors on a regular route for the past several years. “Serving this community I love gives me great joy,” she shared when asked why she volunteers for COA. “I have been very blessed, and want my children and grandchildren to see that giving is much more rewarding than receiving. God is good all the time.”
“The Meals on Wheels program is critically important to the health and well-being of our community’s elders,” said COA’s Executive Director, Becky Yanni. “We are extremely grateful to have the team at Endless Summer Realty as partners in our mission to be there for those who have spent lifetimes being there for us.”
As Caring Partners, the Endless Summer Realty team will also participate in this year’s Champions for Elders golf tournament, COA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The event will take place on Monday, August 10th at Slammer & Squire, World Golf Village, St. Augustine.
For information on how individuals, businesses and community organizations can join COA as Caring Partners, Elder Guard sponsors and playing teams, please visit the event website at www.bit.ly/championsforelders or contact Sandy Hollett at 904-209-3697 or [email protected] Sponsors are critical to Council on Aging’s work for seniors, and there are sponsorship levels available to suit any budget.