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By assisting the elderly, you can make a difference

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By The Staff

Marion County

Senior Services

Imagine what it is like for an elderly person who lives alone and either cannot drive or does not have access to transportation?

Often, the simple act of receiving a healthy, nutritious meal can have a huge, positive impact both emotionally and physically for these individuals.

For many Marion County Senior Services elderly clients- this might be the only daily contact that they will receive—a friendly face delivering a healthy meal. Meals on Wheels delivery takes so little time- as little as one hour or slightly more a day and the end result is so very important to the lives of those who live alone and need attention!

Drivers are needed for many parts of the county and volunteers can choose a route that is closest to home.

Families, couples, church  or young person’s groups are also welcome to participate and make a day a little brighter for a shut-in.

Contact Marion County Senior Services today at 620-3501 to find out how to volunteer and make a difference is someone’s life.

Habitat for Humanity

of Marion County

Don’t let the economy or housing crisis stop caring adults from helping their neighbors to achieve a dream? Habitat helps low income families be part of making owning a home a responsible reality and needs volunteers to share their talents and skills with those who want a better life for their families. Volunteers will have the worthwhile job of working side by side with the new home owner to help make a dream a reality as part of a responsible shared labor effort.

Construction work includes painting, insulating, framing and just general hammering nails!

No one is expected to work outside his or her own skill or comfort area. There are several construction sites in Marion County to choose from, so contact Habitat today to lend a hand and a hammer! Contact Susan Hicks at 351-4663 today.

Marion County

Health Department

Friendly volunteer(s) are needed to help staff the Health Dept. Kiosk for 4 to 5 hour shifts.

Responsibilities to include greeting the public, directing public to the appropriate program service area, contacting staff by phone to assist public, answering  routine questions, distributing material such as maps and other booklets to the public, and monitoring the bulletin board to ensure that outdated postings are removed.

This is an opportunity to combine an interest in the field of health with working with the public.

Training and orientation are provided and for more information, contact Sheila Storlie at 629-0137 ex 2104.