Calling All Seniors … Joy Walsh

A very nice young man from The Harker School (a junior) and some of his friends (and parent sponsors) have formed a volunteer group to call seniors weekly, bi-weekly or monthly to:

(1)  Find out how you are doing.

(2)  See if you have any needs, i.e. grocery shopping, pick up medication/s.

(3)  Find out if you have any problems they could get help for.

(4)  Just chat if you’d like.  It can be about your life and experiences, his life, life in Santa Clara County, or where you lived before, etc.

Many people in our community do not have family or a support group to chat with, and the phone calls can be a way to get connected to other people.  This can be an engaging experience to bring you and the youth a sense of fulfillment through these friendly calls.  You never know when angels are sent into your life.

If you think you may enjoy chatting with one of these young people, please contact Joy Walsh. There is no obligation to continue if you do not wish to do so. Just tell the young man or contact Joy.

Blood Donations Are Critically Needed

Both Stanford and the Red Cross are in critical need of blood donations.

Stanford’s Blood Center has a site at 295 E. Hamilton Avenue and their general web site is: https://stanfordbloodcenter.org/  

The Red Cross main location is on North First Street, San Jose.  Their web site is:  https://www.redcross.org/local/california/northern-california-coastal/about-us/locations/silicon-valley.html

The Red Cross has a blood drive this Saturday, Feb 13 at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 2350 Winchester Blvd., from 9 AM to 3 PM. 

Great Plates Delivered…MaryAnn Scrivano

Were you aware of the California State program set up by Governor Newsom this past April, 2020, to provide lunch and dinner meals free of cost?  First responders, doctors, nurses, and Seniors qualify. The program is called “Great Plates Delivered.”  It is sponsored by Silicon Valley Strong and Sourcewise.  They connect older adults at high risk from COVID-19.  You can learn more about the program at https://covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/.

It is very easy to sign up (yourself or a relative).  Call Sourcewise at +1 408-350-3230 (option 1) or go to their website at  https://www.mysourcewise.com/.  I signed up my mother, who qualifies, and can report the food is good and plentiful.

Santa Clara County Election Information

If you voted by mail before, your voting process will be mostly the same under the Voter’s Choice Act.

Now all voters will automatically receive a Vote by Mail (VBM) ballot. You do not need to submit a VBM request.  Ballots will be mailed about a month before the election, giving you plenty of time to mark and return your ballot when it is most convenient for you.  Please VOTE EARLY if you can.

However, if you need to request a ballot, such as a change of address, contact:

  1. Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, 1555 Berger Drive, Building 2, San Jose, CA 95112
  2. Toll Free 1 (866) 430-VOTE (8683) – Fax 1 (408) 293-6002
  3. Or submit the application on-line at: sccvote.org

By October 6 the following sites should be updated with complete detailed information:

Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters November Election web page: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Info/Nov2020/Pages/Nov2020Info.aspx (most detailed information will be available 29 days before the election, so on Oct 6)

AARP Web Site AARP.org: The state guides will be featured in the September and October Bulletins and via aarp.org/election2020 (when they are available)

Santa Clara County (sccgov.org) Verify your own registration status (on-line or via telephone), Voter Information Guide (will be available at https://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Voting/Pages/INFOpamphlet.aspx, available by Oct. 6).