SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A drive-by car parade was hosted for senior volunteers from the Urban League’s Foster Grandparent Program Wednesday afternoon in Springfield.
The Urban League’s Drive By parade was held Wednesday morning in the parking lot at Springfield Technical Community College.
Seniors who were placed in nursing homes, school systems, community centers, and daycares were recognized by the Urban League and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts for their dedicated work with children who have exceptional needs.
Andrew Cade, Senior Vice President of Urban League of Springfield told 22News, “We are very appreciative of our seniors because they get up a on a daily basis, they could just stay at home. But these individuals get up and get out to serve our community.”
“Typically we’d have a big event, a big cookout, chicken, barbeque. We can’t do that because of social distancing. We wanted to show our appreciation for them,” said State Representative Bud Williams.
The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts donated $40,000 to the Urban League to support seniors with groceries, transportation, and PPE equipment during the pandemic.
The grant will also provide seniors with computer literacy training that will begin Thursday, July 2 at 1 p.m. in the new Urban League Technology Lab. For a list of programs being offered visit ULSpringfield.org.
President and CEO of the Urban League Henry M. Thomas, III says seniors are severely impacted and most vulnerable to COVID-19. “Many seniors have been quarantined and affected and have not been able to move around since March 13th. Now, is a perfect time to assist them with essential items that they need during this unprecedented time,” Thomas added.