Tuesday, 24 April 2018 05:04

Aging Services Agency Recognizes Volunteers

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Aging Services Volunteers William and Ruth Black Aging Services Volunteers William and Ruth Black Photo by Pam Simmons

EAST ROCKINGHAM - In recognition of the numerous volunteers who are such an important part of the variety of programs offered by Richmond County Aging Services, a luncheon was held at the East Rockingham Senior Center on Thursday, April 19.

Executive Director Jacqueline Welch, who has served with the agency for 12 years, and Donna Luther, East Rockingham Senior Center director, with the agency 19 years, welcomed the crowd who receive, as well as provide, services all over Richmond County, from Hamlet, Rockingham, East Rockingham, and Ellerbe.

Each of the guests received a special “goody bag” upon registration that also had a ticket for drawings that occurred throughout the luncheon.        

Kim Partin, who serves as the nutrition director, was also on hand to thank the many volunteers in attendance who participate in Meals on Wheels and who also assist at the lunch sites available throughout the county.

Many of the attendees expressed their appreciation for the variety of services provided by Richmond County Aging Services. Staff and volunteers that work at the meal sites and with Meals on Wheels, those serving as photographers at special events, others that do landscaping and yard work, the individuals that organize the very popular Bingo games—these were some of the people mentioned during this time.

One gentleman shared that his wife tried for a long time to get him to come with her to the Senior Center, but he was hesitant. However, once he became involved, he began to spend substantial time there on a regular basis, enjoying the variety of activities as well as the fellowship.

Eva Green, manager of the Hamlet meal site, also received accolades from the volunteers for her many years at the East Rockingham meal site.  Having recently transferred to Hamlet, she proudly shared with the crowd that her most recent health inspection score at Hamlet was a perfect 100.

A very special group of young adults that assist with the Meals on Wheels Program are residents at the Mallard Lane Adult Group Home. They deliver throughout the Ellerbe and East Rockingham area. This activity provides them an opportunity to be a useful part of their community. One of the participants expresses his excitement with clapping and joyously saying “Meals on Wheels!”

Waiting for pizza to arrive, some of the volunteers exhibited their line dancing and Electric Slide skills.

A variety of soft drinks, lemonade, and tea, as well as pepperoni, sausage, and cheese pizza were on the luncheon menu.

A number of different door prizes were passed out as the luncheon drew to a close.

Although these very special volunteers are recognized just once a year, much like Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, and Thanksgiving, it is important to realize that, as a community, so many people are in need of the services offered and provided by Richmond County Aging Services. We are very fortunate to have these hard-working and caring folks here in our county.

And keep in mind that they are always looking for additional volunteers.  Please call (910) 997-4491 to see how you can become a volunteer that can make a difference in the lives of Richmond County.

 

Editor's note:  This article was contributed by Pam Simmons, our newest addition to the team of talented writers at the Richmond Observer.

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