Difference Makers: Ken Grunke, PLOWS Council On Aging

Jim Gudas
March 31, 2020 - 9:45 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Each week we look at people and organizations doing positive things to help others. WBBM Newsradio’s Jim Gudas has this week’s Difference Maker. 

Ken Grunke is executive director of the PLOWS Council on Aging, who said his group’s mission of providing meals, transportation, counseling and other support to seniors in the Palos-Orland area in the southwest suburbs is more vital than ever during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Especially when we’re talking about an older adult population. In this particular pandemic, they’re the highest risk sector of the population, and so we have to be able to extend ourselves and go out of our way to ensure that those services are in place,” Grunke said.

Grunke said PLOWS isn’t just dedicated to maintaining services for its existing clients, but also for those who now need help because of COVID-19.

“We’re seeing a lot of individuals start realizing now I can’t leave my home, now it’s not safe, because I have other health complications and don’t want to be at risk. Now I can’t get access to the grocery store as much or my prescription drugs,” Grunke said.

While PLOWS continues to fulfill its mission, Grunke said now’s the time for more of us to be difference makers, especially for the seniors in our lives.

“If you know of an older adult, maybe they’re isolated, maybe they’re alone, maybe that you notice that they could use some additional support. If you would please at least call and reach out to them if you can. Encourage them to reach out to us. We encourage adult children, specifically those who are not as connected maybe with their parents in the immediate area, to please feel free to call us. We want to make sure that folks are taken care of as much as possible during these times,” Grunke said.

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