PVCares is a volunteer initiative to help vulnerable households during COVID-19. I hope that the program, or a similar one can continue after the pandemic is over and we can have a team of volunteers to help those unable to help themselves in Portola Valley.
Empathy For the Elderly
We have a wonderful facility for older and incapacitated adults in The Sequoias. In normal times they occasionally offer events open to the public like concerts. Given that Portola Valley has an older population than most towns, we need to increase support for the elderly. Portola Valley Women's Club has been holding online sessions about downsizing, aging-in-place and Continuing Care Retirement Communities, like The Sequoias. Many older adults enjoy town seminars, so I hope to encourage them as a town council member.
Empathy For The Less-Able
Not many of our trails are designed for people with disabilities. As I found out before a hip replacement in 2019, not many of our trails have places to rest, although occasionally residents do put a bench on a trail. I'd like to see more benches put on trails to help those with limited mobility.
The paved trail alongside Alpine Road is suitable for a wheelchair, but there are not many places the wheelchair-bound can go. Also the town center campus is accessible, providing a place where elders can go to enjoy our town. Sidewalks in Portola Valley Ranch might also be a place to push out one's older relatives. As a town we need to think about where we can support outside activities for those whose movement is restricted.
Angela Hey is a candidate for Portola Valley Town Council. She is an experienced technology marketing consultant who serves nonprofits, as a volunteer.