Letter to the Editor: At Home In Darien thanks leaf-raking crews for 259 total hours helping seniors

Members of the Darien YMCA Adventure Guides and Princesses help to make the lives of Darien’s seniors easier through their leaf-raking efforts.

Members of the Darien YMCA Adventure Guides and Princesses help to make the lives of Darien’s seniors easier through their leaf-raking efforts.

Photo Courtesy of At Home In Darien /

At Home In Darien would like to thank the many volunteer groups and families who participated in the fall leaf-raking program: the St. Thomas More Youth Group of Darien; Darien YMCA Adventure Guides and Princesses; the Church of Latter Day Saints Youth Darien Ward; Community Fund of Darien’s Thriving Youth Task Force; Ice Cats; Jr. Whalers Hockey Team; the Hopper, Wheeler, Ventker and Vicente families; and Grace Liu.

All of them spent 259 combined hours raking, bagging and hauling numerous piles of leaves from the homes of 18 Darien seniors. The community is grateful to these groups and individuals for their kindness and service to the community.

In addition to providing clean lawns to seniors, the leaf-raking program also benefited seniors who felt an inter-generational connection to the community. Many of the seniors and volunteers enjoyed chatting with each other, and volunteers felt the joy of giving back.

At Home In Darien is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help older adults in Darien to live independently, comfortably and with dignity in their own homes for as long as possible. For more information, or to volunteer, please call 203-655-2227 or visit www.athomeindarien.org.

Michele Treacy, office coordinator of At Home In Darien