Senior center thanks volunteers amid COVID-19 pandemic

SCV Senior Center Meals on Wheels volunteers don masks and gloves to make meal deliveries amid the coronavirus pandemic. Courtesy

With nearly 200 volunteers delivering 1,000 meals to seniors in the Santa Clarita Valley, the SCV Senior Center at Bella Vida is taking a pause from the current health crisis to shine a light on its volunteers in celebration of National Volunteer Appreciation Week.

“The sun always shines on the senior center,” volunteer ambassador Tommie Mae Ward said in a prepared statement. “It is the impact of volunteers that brighten the lives and brings joy to our Senior Center family. During National Volunteer Week, it is our opportunity to shine a light on them.”

Now more than ever, the center wants to thank its volunteers for their time, commitment and compassion for the cause.

As Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to urge those age 65 and up to stay home to protect themselves from the coronavirus, the Senior Center has stepped up to ensure seniors in the SCV continue to have a fresh nutritious lunch, making, packing and delivering 1,000 meals daily with the help of volunteers.

“The SCV Senior Center’s remarkable warmth and compassion has not diminished during these uncertain times. Rather, its spirit thrives beyond the walls responding to the needs of seniors,” Robin Clough, volunteer and recreation coordinator for the center, added via email. “The outpouring of hundreds of people throughout our community rising to the call combined with a powerhouse of regular volunteers is truly heartwarming and humbling.”

While volunteers have continued to take action during these challenging times, there are many more still who contribute during normal operations, Clough said.

It is these volunteers who are on the forefront of the Senior Center’s success in enhancing quality of life for seniors, she added.

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