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PLOWS Council on Aging

Contact: Chris Suddreth
Work 7808 W. College Drive Palos Hills IL 60463 USA Work Phone: (708) 361-0219 Website: plows.org

Biography

PLOWS Council on Aging is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons 60 years of age and older by providing the highest level of service to those who are physically, psychologically, and/or financially in need and treating those persons and families with dignity, compassion, and respect.

PLOWS Council on Aging has been in operation since 1975 developing and providing services to older adults 60 years of age and older. PLOWS is an acronym for the areas we serve, Palos, Lemont, Orland, and Worth Townships and the 19 municipalities in those Townships. PLOWS goal is to help seniors improve the quality of life and to be able to maintain that quality as long as possible. This is accomplished by providing assistance with the services highlighted on this website.

PLOWS offices are located at 7808 College Drive, and have been since 2000. Prior to that, PLOWS was located in Oak Lawn for 25 years. PLOWS does emphasize services to the most vulnerable elderly but basic services are offered to all seniors.

PLOWS is a 501(C)3 not for profit Corporation governed by a 15 person Board of Directors the vast majority of which are seniors and geographically represent the PLOWS service area. Recent estimates are that nearly 70,000 seniors reside in PLOWS communities, making it the fastest growing area of seniors in Suburban Chicago.

PLOWS has a staff of 30 full time, 12 part time, and 25 in-home workers plus many volunteers to help provide vital services.

Notes

Volunteer opportunities through PLOWS include advocacy, home delivered meals, and fundraising opportunities. See the PLOWS web site or contact PLOWS for complete information. A summary of major areas of volunteer opportunity is below.

Advocacy
PLOWS strives to help older adults achieve economic stability. Activities toward this goal include assistance with many Federal and State applications for benefits that pay for utilities, medications, food, etc.. Due to the numbers of older adults served in this program, volunteers are essential in this effort. PLOWS provides necessary training and supervision to volunteers interested in this activity. Candidates must be: compassionate and patient, computer literate, passionate about accuracy, detail oriented, and reliable. Advocacy volunteers need to be available 3-4 hours weekly between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Call us to discuss a flexible schedule.

Home Delivered Meals
The home delivered meals program is a service that responds to the vital need of the elderly for good nutrition. This program provides a well balanced diet for clients who are homebound or unable to prepare their own meals. Volunteers in the home delivered meals program deliver prepared food to clients living in Alsip, parts of Bridgeview, Evergreen Park, Merrionette Park, Chicago Ridge, Hickory Hills, and Worth. Drivers are asked to be available one morning a week, Monday through Friday. You must be able to walk up flights of stairs in some cases in order to reach the client’s apartment or home. New volunteers are invited to accompany an experienced driver on a delivery route to learn if this rewarding program is right for them. You must have your own car with insurance and a good driving record.

Fundraising Opportunities
Volunteers who are willing to assist in the PLOWS Ad book, our major annual fundraising event, help make it possible to continue all of the programs and services offered by PLOWS. Volunteers may work from their home or at the PLOWS office to solicit advertisements by telephone. Some Ad Book volunteers also visit area businesses in person to request support for the agency. Flexible scheduling makes this a perfect position for persons who are very busy but would like to help PLOWS continue their commitment to the elderly community. The fundraising campaign begins in spring and ends in early fall. Once completed, volunteers are asked to help deliver the ad book to advertisers to thank them for their support.