Q & A with Sasha Yerkovich
Executive director of Canopy of Neighbors
Photo by kc kratt
We last interviewed Yerkovich four years ago when she first took over as executive director of Canopy of Neighbors. Let’s catch up.
How has the organization changed since you took this role?
With member input, we’ve expanded our programming in so many innovative ways! People yearn for so much more than bingo; they want to learn new things, take part in discussion groups, enjoy social outings with peers and enjoy cultural events they never had time for until they retired. We are a lifestyle as well as a lifeline.
What are you most proud of?
The positive impact we have on people’s lives that helps bring them out of social isolation. We see it through engagement with our programming and through the alleviation of loneliness that can be caused by retirement, barriers to transportation or death/lack of spouse/family members. We help form critical relationships of all kinds which leads to happier and healthier people who want to age in place and stay in control of their lives.
What is your greatest need at the moment?
Volunteers. Volunteering connects you to others, impacts your community, and brings joy and relief to those who receive the benefits of your kindness. Whether you have a few hours per week, or per month, consider helping us with rides to medical and social appointments, office help or lending your special skills for a one-time class/event!
Nonprofit work can be nonstop; what do you do to relax/have fun?
I won’t be able to relax until we upend the traditional notions of aging and how we care for the aged, but I dare you not to have fun when you are surrounded by the grace, wisdom and humor of our members!