The nonprofit interfaith organization Duet: Partners in Health & Aging is asking for volunteers to help with its elderly clients during the hot summer months. As temperatures hit the high three digits in the Valley, many isolated and homebound senior citizens are left without services such as transportation to the grocery store and doctor’s appointments.

Currently, there are nearly 90 homebound adults waiting to be matched with volunteers through Duet. Duet volunteers also provide friendly visits, minor home repairs, assistance with basic paperwork and more.

“When the summer heat arrives, a number of our volunteers depart the Valley for cooler weather, but our neighbors — that’s what we call the homebound adults that we serve — stay here and are still in need of the crucial services that our volunteers provide,” said Sue Reckinger, director of volunteer services at Duet.

Those who are interested in volunteering must attend an orientation and then they can set their own schedule.

“One to two hours a week makes such a big difference to a homebound adult in need,” Reckinger said.

Upcoming orientations include:

Thursday, July 13, 4-6:30 p.m., Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix

Saturday, Aug. 19, 9-11:30 a.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 7205 N. 51st Ave., Glendale

Saturday, Sept. 16, 9-11:30 a.m., Orangewood Presbyterian, 7321 N. 10th Street, Phoenix

To volunteer, donate or ask for help, visit or call 602-274-5022. JN

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