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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

April 2, 2002

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED:
 COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS NUTRITION PROGRAM SEEKS HELPERS 

Charlotte, NC -- Mecklenburg County's seniors need you. 

Are you looking for a great way to spend your free time? Does your church, civic or community group need a volunteer opportunity? Are you a business owner who encourages employees to spend time giving back to the community? If so, the Senior Citizens Nutrition Program (SCNP) can help. 

The program needs volunteer drivers who can deliver meals to homebound elderly who live in Mecklenburg County. Delivering a route requires one to two hours during the middle of the day. Volunteers receive training and orientation. 

The SCNP provides hot, nutritious meals five days a week to people who are 60 and older and live in Mecklenburg County. Some meals are delivered to homebound seniors, while other meals are served at 22 congregate sites throughout the County. Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS) provides the meal service through its Services for Adults (SFA) division. Good nutrition helps seniors maintain a mental and physical status that enables them to remain as independent as possible in their own homes. 

"People who volunteer with the program tell me that the experience benefits their lives as much, if not more, than the seniors, " said Jacqueline Hubbard, volunteer coordinator for SCNP. "I am grateful for our volunteers because they are crucial to the success of our program." 

Program officials look for volunteers throughout the year, but want to send out a special plea in April because of National Volunteer Week. The observance is April 21-27 this year, and the national theme is "Celebrate the American Spirit -- VOLUNTEER!" Organizers chose the theme because of the Sept. 11 terrorism attack and the outpouring of help that resulted from the tragedy. 

This year is the 30 th anniversary of the SCNP. For information about volunteer opportunities, contact Jacqueline Hubbard at 704-336-4877.



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