Roseville/Placer News

Seniors First awarded $5,000 to help Auburn-area residents

The Placer Community Foundation, which make grants to communities in Placer County’s western region, has awarded $5,000 to Auburn-based Seniors First to help with the nonprofit’s outreach program for older adults.

The grant targets home-bound and low-income seniors in the Auburn area whose health is suffering because of poor air quality from summer wildfires.

“It really was a problem during the King Fire, but it’s been a problem all summer long,” said Placer Community Foundation spokeswoman Tricia Caspers Ross. “Older people can have continuing problems because of the air quality.”

The Seniors First Friendly Visitor program provides 66 home-bound seniors aged 60 and older with regular visits from 57 screened and trained volunteers. The nonprofit also has an information line on senior services in the county, a rides program and will provide home safety repairs for low-income seniors.

For more information on the Friendly Visitor program, call (530) 889-9500.