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'It Takes A Village' Helps Tarrytown Seniors Remain Independent

It Takes A Village had more than 50 people attended its third year anniversary celebration.
It Takes A Village had more than 50 people attended its third year anniversary celebration. Photo Credit: Contributed

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- Seniors looking to get from place to place in Tarrytown have found It Takes A Village.

It Takes A Village 10591 recently celebrated its third anniversary. The organization offers rides to its members, who join for $25 a year. All of the drivers are vetted after background checks.

The organization also helps seniors with other tasks they might not be able to do like changing a lightbulb or change a fire director.

"We want people to remain as independent for as long as possible in their homes," Bruce Campbell, one of the board members, said.

Paid membership of the group has surpassed more than 100 households, representing more than 150 people with 400 people contributing. More than 50 people came out to its third-anniversary fundraiser which featured proclamations from the Village of Tarrytown and Village of Sleepy Hollow.

It Takes A Village also hosts lectures on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, discussing issues like avoiding scams, understanding Medicare and decluttering your home. Campbell said he enjoys being able to help out his neighbors.

"It feels great," Campbell said. "It's extremely rewarding to be able to offer someone something that will help them remain an independent person."

Campbell said seniors often feel isolated since they feel no one cares about their situation.

"We're able to offer something that can relieve seniors of their anxiety of dealing with daily life," Campbell said. "There's a great sense of accomplishment. We started something from nothing."

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