Beatrice Alexander of SAYES and club president Stephanie Friemoth

Partnering needy seniors with willing volunteers
New Berlin is fortunate to have an organization like SAYES (Senior Advocate Youth Exchange Service). SAYES pairs willing volunteers, usually teenagers, with seniors who need simple tasks done.
According to Beatrice Alexander of SAYES, the organization began in 1999 at the request of then-mayor Jim Gatzke. (City hall receives many calls for assistance from the elderly). Volunteers help approximately 225 families each year by cutting grass, raking leaves, grocery shopping and some house cleaning. Several adult volunteers also perform simple repairs for homeowners. All services are provided free. Recipients pay only for any parts or materials replaced.
Beatrice, who spoke during our Dec. 11 meeting, said her motto is:
"We want seniors to say, 'Yes, I need help,' and our volunteers to say, 'Yes, I'll help you.'"
Three youth groups worthy of mention include:
New Berlin West football team: For each of the past five years, the coach and several players have assisted five families.
New Berlin Eisenhower: Last month, members of the softball team helped five families with their chores.
Elmwood School Boy Scout troop 83 recently helped two families.
Dependent entirely on donations, SAYES receives a small grant from the city of New Berlin, with occasional donations from local organizations. Donations are appreciated. Funds pay her salary (Beatrice works two hours per day) and office expenses. For assistance or to help out, call the SAYES office at 262-860-8720.