Canopy of Neighbors!
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ENJOY YOUR INDEPENDENT LIVING!
Canopy of Neighbors, Inc. continues to serve the needs of senior citizens age 62+ living independently in zip codes 14209 and 14222. Canopy is a volunteer-first village, so when members request services, our volunteers match their abilities and skills to help with a wide variety of activities so that members can age well at home and retain the confidence to live independently. Services include bill paying, climbing on ladders to change a light bulb, companionship, simple home repairs, spring cleaning, assistance with grocery shopping, letter writing, light housekeeping & home maintenance, technology assistance, doing yard work, and transportation to medical appointments, just to name a few!
For services beyond the skills of volunteers, a membership in Canopy of Neighbors links members with discounted vendor resources necessary to help them remain in their own homes as they grow older.
On this website you can find everything you need to know about Canopy of Neighbors, including what we do, how we do it, and most importantly, how to join as a donor, or member, or volunteer! As a member you can use this site to renew your membership, read the latest newsletters from Canopy of Neighbors, and sign up for events, so keep coming back to see how we grow! Enjoy!
A Tribute from a Specialist in Senior Real Estate
"This is an amazing development in senior housing that operates at a minimal cost, extends independent living, reduces isolation and saves tremendous cost to the entire senior care delivery system. Canopy directors spend a tremendous amount of time and passionate energy recruiting, coordinating, and training volunteers; and in their own words: they teach people "to be stewards of a community that is a good place for all ages to live."
Michael Olear (May 12, 2013). City Living: Canopy of Neighbors continues to grow. Buffalo News Home Finder. p 8.
Canopy of Neighbors creates:
- Choices: retain a strong sense of self-determination as you begin to negotiate all the changes associated with growing older.
- Community: gain a new supportive fellowship with men and women who are as active and vibrant as you are!
- Cost-benefit: enjoy significant savings on services or transportation
- Peace of mind: know that with Canopy of Neighbors volunteers, you are never alone.
Call 235-8133 today
for your personal introduction to our wonderful services.
Char, a member says, "Kudos for Canopy of Neighbors. I asked you to find me a dog walker and you did! She has turned out to be great. I also needed [to find] transportation to the doctor with [short notice] and you did. Keep up the good work!!"
Peter, a member says, "Just wanted to tell you that [vendor] did a wonderful job for us. Took two days involving removing wallpaper and preparing wall for painting, replaced a hole in garage wall, securing paint and applying it on both walls. He was very neat, knew what to do, and I think he was very reasonable for the work completed.
[Another vendor] answered our need for replacing light bulbs in kitchen and over the garage AND took a light fixture in shower room and repaired it and came back today to replace the fixture. He was a joy, a good talker so he found good company with me! Very cordial and did the work needed and was greatly appreciated."
"As the longevity revolution unfolds, senior villages will become one of the distinctive social inventions of our time.. These virtual villages offer an affordable way for seniors to find the practical support, companionship, and cultural vitality they need while remaining in their own homes and neighborhoods."
Rozak, T, (2009). The making of an elder culture. Gabriola Island, BC (Canada): New Society Publishers. (charter member of Ashby Village, CA)
Read our Latest Canopy of Neighbors Newsletter
Check out what's going on in the "village movement" across the country!
Learn about the power of the Village Movement!
Read a report that describes Villages at the national level in terms of their organizational characteristics; finances; community setting and membership characteristics; services; and organizational governance and collaborations. This report provides a national "snapshot" of the implementation of Villages by presenting data from a survey of Villages in the United States (U.S.) conducted from January through June of 2012.
In case you missed Judy Willet, Director of Village to Village Network, at our 2012 Member Meeting, watch and listen to this TED Talk today!
Please read about our generous community partner (look for Canopy on page 41):
Check out great articles at the New York Times NEW OLD AGE BLOG!
Check out current Medicare Updates
Watch the AARP Age-Friendly Communities launch.
See what other "boomers" are doing around the country!
Senior Living has its own radio station! Listen to music! Listen to interviews with featured businesses!