Students help elders with chores

LAKE PLACID – A new program is organizing local students to help do chores for the elderly.

It’s part of a wider effort to help each of the Tri-Lakes communities become more aging-friendly.

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks and Aging in Place task forces are collaborating with community service programs at the Lake Placid Central School District, Northwood School, Saranac Lake High School and Tupper Lake Middle/High School. As part of these schools’ community service requirements, student volunteers are available to help elders with outdoor chores or yard work.

If you are an elder and need assistance with snow shoveling, raking leaves or other outdoor chores, contact one of the following: Patti McConvey at Lake Placid Central School, 518-523-2474 ext. 4130 or; Katie Weaver at Northwood School, 518-523-3357 or; Christine Bell at Saranac Lake High School, 518-891-4450 or; or Diane Helms at Tupper Lake Middle/High School, 518-359-3322 ext. 2006 or

The community service program director in each school matches the elder’s need for assistance with a student who is performing his or her community service requirements.

“Our schools are serving people of all ages in our community,” Donna Beal, executive director of Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, said in a press release. “It is an opportunity for our older and younger generations to get to know each other better. The school community service programs are going above and beyond by taking calls directly from elders in the community who need assistance.”

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is a mission sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy to extend mercy to elders to enhance the fullness of their lives. Its work is carried out through a Friendship Volunteer Program, a Faith Community Nurse Program, and an Education and Advocacy Program. For more information, visit