Initiative to put spring in seniors’ steps

Joe Amantea’s project in the Landmark SELP program made a difference for senior citizens in Ontario, Canada. On April 16 of this spring, the Pickering News Advertiser wrote a story about Amantea’s project, which was called Operation Clean Sweep.

Initiative to put spring in seniors’ steps

A clean sweep to get Ajax and Pickering seniors off their feet

by Chloe Stanois

Spring cleaning is coming for Ajax and Pickering Seniors.

A new event, Operation Clean Sweep, is an outdoor spring clean-up of seniors’ homes in Ajax and Pickering. Organized by Joe Amantea, assistant technology engineer at Ontario Power Generation, a team of 60 volunteers will clean the yards of senior citizens.

Mr. Amantea started Operation Clean Sweep because, “I was taking a course of landmark education, and that motivated me.”

Volunteers will be visiting at least 12 seniors’ homes on one day and doing a general spring cleaning outdoors. They will clean windows, rake lawns, trim tree branches, clean out gardens and hopefully plan some flowers.

“It is targeted towards seniors who have no family to help them, and find it difficult to do the work themselves. We definitely want to help them out,” Mr. Amantea says.

With spring cleaning being so physically demanding, the idea is that a once-stressful situation will be turned into just light work that the home owners can maintain.

Finding volunteers has not been an issue for the event, as engineering employees have already started to sign up, but Mr. Amantea hopes to find ans many seniors as he can.

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