A program in which seniors volunteer their time with non-profits and some Danbury agencies is growing. The United Way of Western Connecticut says the S.A.V.E. program has been active in Danbury since 2008, and this year 36 residents participated. S.A.V.E. stands for Seniors Add Valuable Experience.
The S.A.V.E. program provides real estate tax relief to financially qualified Danbury homeowners age 65 and older. Each volunteer must complete 100 hours of service over the course of the fiscal year, but many of them provide well more than that amount.
Funding has been made available to open the program to as many as 50 seniors. The tax credit will also being increasing.
S.A.V.E. volunteers have completed 5,580 hours in the last year. This service to the community is valued at $154,970.
These residents volunteered at 22 city departments and nonprofit agencies.